beet plant

The beet plant is the source of beet sugar, an alternative to cane sugar.

Beet Sugar

Also known as Beta vulgaris

What is Beet Sugar?

Beet sugar is the sugar by-product extracted from the beet.


Many manufacturers utilize beet sugar when producing a granulated sugar variety due to the ease of beet production. The beet is a simple and less-costly option to produce sugar because the beet can grow in mass quantities successfully under a wide range of climates.


During processing, beets are first washed, shredded, and sent through a diffuser which forces the sugar out of the beet shreds via the combination of hot water and force of pressure. The resulting liquid is purified and evaporated to produce an extremely viscous sugar syrup, which undergoes crystallization to produce the granules composing usable beet sugar.


Beet sugar is commonly used as the source of granulated sugar in baking. It is grown in mass quantities in America. Its usage in bread is usually 3-5% on flour weight. In cakes and other applications, it can go higher than 50% on flour weight.

In the baking industry, a negative aspect of using beet sugar is the poor baking quality when compared to cane sugar. For instance, to produce brown sugar using beet sugar, an extra step involving the integration of molasses derived from cane sugar must take place. Even then, the brown sugar originating from such a process performs poorly still during baking because the cane sugar molasses does not penetrate the granules entirely, yielding baked items with a lack of flavor and poor final product attributes.