Südzucker factory Ochsenfurt

Ochsenfurt plant

Overview Started operations in 1952
Annual sugar production 260,000 to 320,000 tonnes
Raw material suppliers approximately 2,500 farmers
Employees about 330

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Südzucker AG - Werk Ochsenfurt
Marktbreiter Straße 74
97199 Ochsenfurt
Phone: +49 9331 91-0
E-mail: [email protected]

About the factory

In its first campaign in 1952, the plant had already achieved a daily processing capacity of 2,400 tonnes of beets, a peak value for European sugar factories at that time. Ochsenfurt is still one of the largest and most important factories in the Südzucker Group.

The plant operates twenty-four hours per day during the beet campaign between September and January. Several thousand tonnes of beets are delivered and converted to sugar daily. During an average campaign, the annual sugar needs of a German citizen are met in less than two seconds. The factory can produce enough sugar in one year to satisfy the needs of 6-7 million consumers.

History of the factory

Founding of Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH and construction of the Ochsenfurt plant.

First beet campaign with a duration of 53 days and beet processing of around 100,000 tons.

Start of packing small packages for households (1-kg bags).

Start of sugar cube production.

Construction of a fondant plant as a first important step in the production of specialty products.

An invert sugar plant goes into operation.

Completion of the 115 meter high chimney of the sugar factory.

Rebuilding of the fondant plant.

Launch of the production of sugar cubes as "Glückswürfel".

Foundation and construction of the district heating center: Exhaust heat from sugar factory processes is used to supply heat to households and businesses in Ochsenfurt.

Commissioning of a fully automated high-bay warehouse.

Merger of Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH with Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft to form Südzucker AG Mannheim/Ochsenfurt.

The beet yard is rebuilt due to increased daily beet processing capacity and the difficult traffic situation in the city.

Various further investments and new buildings (e.g. juice purification, extraction tower).

Shutdown of the Zeil am Main factory. Ochsenfurt takes over sieving and sugar silos as an external warehouse.

since 2017
Extension of campaign lengths up to 120 days.