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Beet Pulp pellets, molasses, separator molasses solubles (SMS) are manufacturered from sugar beets. Choose a product below for full details.

In addition to processing pure beet sugar, sugar factories produce a co-product known as dried beet pulp. Pulp is the dried fiber residue left after most of the sugar has been extracted from the sliced beets. Dried beet pulp is typically sold as either a shred (with or without molasses added) or in pellet form. This excellent feed is not only valued by dairy farmers as a stimulant to milk production, but is also widely used in the feeding of beef cattle and sheep and in the production of pet foods.

Dried beet pulp is sold though-out the world. North American markets represent the largest outlet for pulp produced by Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. In recent years substantial quantities of pelleted dried beet pulp have also been exported through the port of Duluth-Superior to Europe where it is a widely used compound feed ingredient. There is also strong demand in the Far East where beet pulp is extensively used in dairy rations.

Another important co-product from beet sugar processing is beet molasses, produced in quantities ranging from 4 percent to 5 percent of the weight of the beets and containing about 50 percent sugar. Beet molasses is used for production of yeast, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as in the production of mixed cattle feeds. It is acknowledged as being one of the best mediums for liquid cattle feed.

Beet molasses is also the basic raw material for the chromatographic separation process, which is a method of extracting additional sugar from the molasses. A co-product of this process is separator molasses solubles (SMS) which is molasses solids with the majority of the sugar removed. This product is used primarily in liquid feed manufacture but is also finding uses in some specialty processes such as road de-icing and as tire ballast.

Co-products are marketed by Midwest Agri-Commodities Company (MAC), headquartered in San Rafael, CA. For further information on co-products and for sales contact information please visit MAC’s website at

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