Rogers Sugar pulls the plug on remaining sugar beet crop

As weather continues to delay the 2019 harvest, Rogers Sugar has made a decision that’s none too sweet. Citing “severe adverse weather in Alberta” for the sugar beet crop, the company has made a decision to terminate its beet harvest.

According to a news release, the company says roughly 60,000 to 70,000 metric tonnes of refined sugar should be derived from the current crop.

Alberta Sugar Beet Growers were part of the decision in which the organization and the company jointly agreed the snow and frost damage has “resulted in an inability to store or process the unharvested damaged sugar beet crop.”

As for how the company will keep up with supply for consumers with the holiday season around the corner, the corporation is reviewing all options including the use of cane sugar from the Vancouver and Montréal refineries, which both have excess capacity.

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