A local, non-relocated cooperative
CoBT is a Belgian cooperative company , mainly owned by its raw material suppliers (beet growers), whose production tool is the land of their farms. It is therefore non-relocatable. To be viable, a sugar factory must be located in the heart of its supply region.
A crop well adopted to our region
Known to Europeans for its nutritious qualities for several centuries, sugar beet is a plant very well adapted to the Belgian soil. The development of its cultivation has enabled Europe to become self-sufficient in sucrose.
The loamy soil and temperate climate with oceanic influences which characterize Belgium provide an exceptional setting for sugar beet. Belgium ranks in the top three beet and sugar yields in Europe every year.
Whereas yields in other parts of Europe may be affected by climate change, yields in Belgium have remained high and constant to date.
Local and natural products
Sugar is synthesized by the beet by fixing atmospheric carbon through photosynthesis. One hectare of beet fixes about 40 t of CO2. Sugar is extracted from the beet by osmosis, which is a simple physical process. Unlike most sweeteners, there is no chemical process involved.
In addition to “conventional” production, CoBT is preparing to produce sugar that meets the specifications of organic farming.
CoBT targets primarily a local market, i.e. customers located within a ca. 300 km radius around Seneffe.
Pulp (beet flesh) is the main by-product of the sugar beet industry. It is recovered locally as feed for the cooperatives and other interested farmers.