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Canada’s largest sugar refinery planned at Port of Hamilton


Sucro Can Sourcing LLC, a growing integrated sugar refiner, has announced its plans to build Canada’s largest sugar refinery at the Port of Hamilton, Ontario, on lands owned by HOPA Ports (Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority). The new refinery will have an expected future annual refining capacity of 1 million metric tonnes, representing an estimated investment of $135 million CAD.

“The sugar markets in both Canada and the United States are experiencing steady, long term, sustainable growth, and Sucro is investing to supply these growing market demands,” said Jonathan Taylor, Founder and CEO of Sucro Sourcing. “We have a customer base that is loyal and growing, benefiting from the new competition we are bringing to the market.”

“Despite steady demand from an expanding food processing sector, overall refining capacity in both Canada and the United States has been stagnant for years”, said Mr. Taylor. “Especially in Ontario, where the demand for sugar is growing at one of the fastest rates in North America.”

Ontario’s food and beverage manufacturing sector is the third largest in North America with manufacturing revenues of more than $48 billion. The sector has more than 45,000 establishments in the province, employing over 104,800 people.

Sucro Can’s focus on improving its customers’ supply chains is one of the keys to its success, and a key reason for choosing the Port of Hamilton as the location for its new refinery.

“HOPA Ports is thrilled to be working with Sucro Can to make this historic investment a reality,” said Ian Hamilton, President & CEO of HOPA Ports. “We worked closely with Sucro Can to understand its location and logistics needs, and those of its customers.”

“The new refinery in the heart of southern Ontario’s food processing cluster, has access to marine, rail and highway transportation options. The facility’s new capacity and reliability will give Ontario food processors the confidence to invest in their own operations. For us this is a huge win: driving a resilient and efficient supply chain, growing the economy and creating jobs.”

“Ontario leads the nation in terms of food and beverage manufacturing and Sucro Can’s investment in a brand new sugar refinery is a proof point that our provincial agriculture and food industry generates valued jobs as well,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

(Photos from HOPA of sugar unloading and aerial view of Port of Hamilton)