The Südzucker Group processes around 20 million tonnes of beet each year, produced on 400,000 hectares. Saint Louis Sucre promotes the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices for its growers, of which more than 80% of the beets are certified RedCert Gold level. The RedCert standard is recognised by the SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative) platform. This organisation, founded by major players in the food industry and of which the Südzucker group is a member, enables food companies using sugar to ensure that it is made from sustainably produced beet. Saint Louis Sucre deploys a vast system of support for its growers and training for its internal teams in this certification, which is audited annually. Saint Louis Sucre growers are certified Redcert Gold level.
The search for sustainable alternatives to the use of certain phytosanitary products is at the heart of the efforts of Saint Louis Sucre and the sugar beet sector.
The Mont Blanc programme deployed at Saint Louis Sucre and within the Südzucker group aims to support growers in their agroecological transition while ensuring the economic sustainability of their farms. Based on a pragmatic approach, Mont Blanc relies on the sharing of experience among growers, through a monitoring network, pilot farms and dedicated meeting days.