Two sugar factories of ASTARTA - Narkevусhi (Khmelnytskyi region) and Zhdanivska (Vinnitsya region) - continue to process sugar beet. Six factories of the company located in the Poltava and Kharkiv regions have already completed the production season. As of January 9th, more than 430 thousand tons of sugar, about 100 thousand tons of molasses and 40 thousand tons of granulated pulp were produced.

This season ASTARTA increased the share of first category sugar to 86% of total production (compared to 71% of the previous season) resulted in long-term company’s investment strategy for the modernization of sugar plants. In addition to sugar quality upgrade, sugar plants are also developing the energy efficiency: the average rate of gas consumption for the processing of tons of sugar beet, the most expensive resource in the sugar industry, decreased by 6% y-o-y.

The high yield of sugar beets in ASTARTA's farms in the Western regions of Ukraine has offset the decline of the harvesting in the East. That is why the factories in Khmelnytsky and Vinnytsya regions continue the production season. Also the volumes of sugar beet supply from partners have increased, as in cooperation with ASTARTA’s factories they get higher output and quality of sugar.