6X Powdered Sugar
Sugar is a mainstay in baking, candy and confectionery production and is used as a sweetener for the food and beverage Industries. Sucrose is table sugar, granular in appearance, and is the most popular of the various sugars for flavoring, as well as for the properties (such as mouth feel, preservation, and texture) it adds to beverages and food. Powdered or confectionery sugar, as the name implies, has a powdery texture.
Sugar is a carbohydrate found in every fruit and vegetable. Once photosynthesis creates sugar, plants have the unique ability to change sugar to starch and starch to various sugars for storage. Sugar cane and sugar beet plants contain sucrose in large quantities, and that’s why they are used as commercial sources of sugar. A stalk of the cane plant contains about 14% sugar. Sugar beets contain about 16% sugar.1
Extracting sugar normally involves a continuous process in one facility. The plants are washed, sliced and soaked in hot water creating a sugary juice. A series of steps — purification, filtration, concentration, and drying — completes the procedure. Raw sugar is an intermediate product in sugar production. Produced at a sugar mill, it is a tan, coarse granulated product obtained from the evaporation of clarified sugar juice. The raw sugar producer ships this product to a refinery for final processing.2
Non-food uses of sugar are in pharmaceuticals (solubility and coating), wound healing, fermentation products, organic cleaning products, glue and concrete bonding agents.