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Crystal sugar

Nordzucker's crystal sugar is the most classic product and the one with the broadest range of applications for the further processing industry. We supply crystal sugar in EC category I quality (refined sugar) and EC category II quality (white sugar).

Product properties

Categories

Each of the standard types defined in the EU differ from one another in terms of their water-soluble mineral content (ash), the colour type of the crystal sugar as well as the colour of the aqueous solution. The following table shows the sugar type Commission Regulation 2001/111/EC, and the Common Market Organisation for Sugar EC No. 318/2006 for refined sugar and white sugar. The table stipulates the parameters defined by these commission regulations.

Refined sugar
(EC category 1)

White sugar
(EC category 2)

Measured value

Unit

Sugar type Commission Regulation
Common Market Organisation for Sugar

Sugar type Commission Regulation
Common Market Organisation for Sugar

Polarisation

°Z

≥ 99.7

≥ 99.7

Loss in drying

%

≤ 0.06

≤ 0.06

Colour in solution

Points

≤ 3

≤ 6

Colour type

Points

≤ 4

≤ 9

Ash

Points

≤ 6

≤ 15

Total points

Points

≤ 8

≤ 22

Invert sugar content

%

≤ 0.04

≤ 0.04

Crystal size

Neither crystal size nor crystal size distribution are legally defined. The distribution of grain sizes in crystal sugar determines many of the properties for the industrial processing of sugar such as abrasion and dissolution speed. The crystal size distribution is determined by sieve analysis using standardised testing sieves. The specifications for crystal size vary depending on the area of application and the equipment used by the clients.

Properties and advantages:

Although white sugar is suitable for many applications, refined sugar is usually used for those applications where important specifications are very low intrinsic colour, transparency and sheen (e.g. no precipitation in drinks). The smaller the grain size, the faster the sugar dissolves in aqueous media. Sugar with fine crystals is particularly suited for use in powder mixtures. The large surface area makes it easy to mix with other ingredients (such as aroma additives). A crystalline sugar with an homogenous grain size prevents unmixing when mixed with other ingredients.

 

Your contact

Andreas Meier

Andreas Meier

Sales Support
Nordzucker Group

Sugar production – step by step

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