HOUSTON – The Louisiana sugar industry delivered a truckload of sugar Thursday (Sept. 21) to Houston to resupply the Houston Food Bank with the sweet ingredient.
Louisiana Sugar Refining (LSR) of Gramercy, La. suppliedeight pallets of its Southern Cane brand and ASR Group sent eight pallets of its iconic brand of Domino® Sugar from its Chalmette Refinery.
Lonnie Champagne, a Louisiana sugar industry leader, contacted Paul Wangler of ASR Group and Joel Van Timmeren of LSR and the two sugar refining companies put together a donation of more than 33,600 pounds of sugar for Houston's food bank.
"LSR and ASR Group teamed up in 2016 when the Baton Rouge Food Bank was flooded," Champagne said. "There was more involved logistically to put a together a truckload of sugar to ship to Texas, but the Cajun Navy set such a good example, we just felt it was the right thing to do to help the people of Texas through the Houston Food Bank. "
ASR Group, owner of Domino Sugar, has been producing refined sugar at its Chalmette Refinery for more than 100 years. The refinery, located outside New Orleans, was highly impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
"We know the great community need that occurs after a catastrophic event like Hurricane Harvey, and we were very happy to be able to supply food products to the residents of Houston during this time of need," said Peter O'Malley, ASR Group's Vice President of Corporate Relations.
LSR, a partnership of Louisiana growers and millers and Cargill, operates at the location of the vintage Gramercy Sugar Company and uses part of the old refinery in its operation. While LSR is a new venture, the location has been producing refined sugar in Louisiana for 122 years.
Larry Faucheux, CEO of Louisiana Sugar Refining, authorized the donation.
"Louisiana knows how to do its part and we were eager to give because so many have come to our state's aid when we needed it," Faucheux said.
About Louisiana Sugar Refining
Louisiana Sugar Refining, represents the largest single investment in America's sugarcane industry in more than 40 years. The sugar refinery is capable of refining two billion pounds of white sugar annually for distribution to commercial and retail customers throughout the United States, provides direct jobs for approximately 250 area residents. More information may be found at www.LSRSugar.com.
About ASR Group
ASR Group is the world's largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in New York, California, Maryland, Louisiana, Canada and Mexico. The company also owns a sugar mill in Belize. In Europe, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy, as well as a sugar production facility in Germany. The company's brand portfolio includes Domino®, C&H®, Florida Crystals®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle's®, Sidul® and Notadolce®. For more information, visit www.ASR-Group.com.
The American Sugar Cane League is the trade organization representing the Louisiana sugarcane industry. Founded in 1922, the League's mission is to improve the sugarcane agricultural industry through scientific research, governmental affairs and public relations. More more information, visit www.LaCane.org.