«Astarta» starts 2023/24 MY sugar production season



«Astarta» started new sugar production season. On September 12, the first sugar plant in Vinnytsia region started processing sugar beet, to be followed by the plant in Poltava region and three others during end of September – beginning of October. In total, five sugar plants will operate during this production season.

It is reported by press-center of the company.

«The teams and plants are fully prepared for processing. In addition to capital repairs, we are implementing several investment projects to improve the quality of sugar and increase productivity, — says Yevhen Sadovyi, the Director of Agricultural Processing at «Astarta». — We are also focusing on opportunities and best practices to enhance energy independence and continuity of processing. Last year we switched from burning natural gas in pulp drying to plant pellets, purchased additional electricity generators and increased in-house biogas output. This year, we are retooling three boilers to run on alternative fuels. These measures will also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by turning away from fossil fuels».

Meanwhile, the agricultural subsidiaries of «Astarta», which supply significant part of raw materials for the sugar plants, continue to harvest sugar beets, the total area of which this year is 39kha. The Company is also actively cooperating with third-party farmers expanding the scope of cooperation each year.  

«Considering all the factors, we plan to increase production and expand the geography of exports in the European markets», — added Yevhen Sadovyi.