The industrial site of São Francisco Mill is situated in a unique area surrounded by lush forests, sugarcane fields and riparian vegetation. The industrial process uses the most modern production techniques available, focusing on productivity and labor safety while minimizing environmental impacts.
The organic sugarcane reaches the processing facility minutes after harvesting, which entirely preserves its natural characteristics. Sugarcane cargo weighing starts a documentation system allowing perfect production traceability.
The quality lab analyses, samples of organic sugarcane. It is afterwards unloaded in a feeding table, which will take this raw material to a preparation system where it is disintegrated. The cane juice is then extracted by a mechanical milling processs. Since all sugarcane milled is unburnt, the resulting juice has uncomparable purity and color. After milling, the juice is filtered and sent to the sugar factory.
The juice is put in special tanks where mineral and vegetal impurities decant. Such impurities pass trough vacuum filters, originating an important organic fertilizer, which returns to the sugarcane fields. The cleaned juice is then submitted to a multiple evaporation process, resulting in an organic syrup with high sucrose concentration, which is sent to vacuum pans where the sugar crystals are formed. The final product after crystallization is made of sucrose crystals and molasses.
By means of centrifugation, the sugar is then separated from the molasses, which is sent as raw material for alcohol production. The organic sugar is dried and packed in bags attending production standards, that can be recycled after used. It is stored in warehouses exclusively dedicated to organic products, from where it can be sent in sea freight containers or any other loading vehicles, according to customers needs.
The industrial process is continuously monitored, throughout the production chain. São Francisco Mill has a quality lab where juice, bagasse, molasses, sugar and alcohol are analysed, among others. In the case of sugar, the quality parameters established in the specification are regularly analysed, and a quality certificate is issued for each production lot.