Turnover: 2.3 billion EUR (2022)

Country: France

Cristal Union is a French sugar cooperative, born in 2000 from the merger of the Arcis, Bazancourt, Corbeilles and Eclaron sugar factories. The company is at the same time a sugar group, an operator of agricultural alcohol, producer of bioethanol and animal feed.

The historical activity of the cooperative is the manufacture of sugar, which accounts for nearly two thirds of Cristal Union's turnover. The group owns 8 sugar factories which produce beet sugar for the retail and industrial markets.

Cristal Union's sugar brands are : Daddy, created in 1981, Erstein (1893) and Eridania (1899). As the leading French sugar manufacturer on the industrial sugar market, Cristal Union, together with its commercial subsidiary Cristalco, has developed a range including all types of industrial sugar


Cristal Union strengthens its position in specialty alcohols 06/07/2022

  • Cristal Union produces six million hectolitres of agricultural alcohol a year, in addition to its sugar business.
  • Half of this production is considered "specialty" bioethanol, destined for the perfume, cosmetics, spirits, detergents and pharmaceutical markets. The other half is used for fuel production.
  • Cristal Union expands its regenerated alcohol unit in Aube
  • The site recovers unfit-for-sale products from its customers, purifies them and returns them to the market
  • Cristal Union operates three other sites in France

Cristal Union to pay beet growers more 13/06/2022

  • Union Cristal has increased its net profit by 40% over 2021-2022, and raised its beet growers' remuneration by 16%
  • The group aims to raise its price to 35 euros by 2022
  • Debt reduced by 9% to 334 million euros on sales of 1.8 billion euros, up 6.4% thanks in large part to soaring prices
  • After reaping substantial profits from sales of hydroalcoholic gel during Covid, Cristal is counting on further increases in ethanol sales

The group operates through 18 production sites and cultivates 18,000 hectares of beet. The group represents more than 10,000 growers.

In 2020, the Group has carried out major restructuring plans to deal with the difficulties encountered. As a result, two sugar refineries were closed: Toury (Eure-et-Loir) and Bourdon (Puy-de-Dôme). The group announced in October 2020 that it was beginning to reduce its losses and recover.

For the 2019/2020 campaign, the group recorded a net annual loss of 89 million euros, compared to 99 million euros for the 2018/2019 financial year.

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