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Packaging and Shipping

Sugar from this facility may be shipped to end users in several different containers. The majority is shipped by bulk transport either in rail cars, each containing about 200,000 pounds, or truck trailers, each containing about 50,000 pounds. SMBSC also produces sugar in 50 pound bags and in “super sacks” a large woven plastic bag, produced in either 1,000 pound or 2,000 pound sizes.

Packaging Sugar into Bags
For packaging and shipping, our sugar is “pulled” from one or more silos containing “cured” sugar selected by the warehouse foreman. The sugar is conveyed to a system of screens that sift the sugar to remove lumps and to control the grain size of the sugar crystals designated by the customer. These “sifters”, similar to those used at home, contain a number of screens with different sized square mesh holes (similar to a window screen). The first screen is rather course mesh, and as sugar passes through it, any hard sugar lumps that may have formed are removed and sent back to the factory for reprocessing. The sugar then passes to a finer screen, where sugar crystals too large to pass through are accumulated, and finer crystals pass to the next screen. The crystals retained on this second screen are classified as “Fine Granulated Sugar”. This is the same sugar crystal size found in your sugar bowl at home and is the most commonly requested sugar by our customers. Sugar crystals that pass through the second screen, and are retained on a yet finer mesh third screen, are accumulated and called “Fruit Sugar”. Fruit Sugar is used for drink mixes and baking. Sugar that is fine enough to pass through the third screen is also accumulated and is called “Bakers Sugar”. Bakers Sugar is used in baking, drink mixes, frostings and confections and the making of candies that may have a smooth coating like jelly beans.

After sifting, the sugar is conveyed to small “day bins”, from which it flows to either packaging operations or bulk shipment. Sugar to be packaged, in route to the packaging equipment, passes over a magnet and through a metal detector, to ensure removal of any metal that may have rubbed off conveying equipment. It is then packed in the container of choice, palletized, and stacked ready for shipment to customers. Likewise, sugar conveyed to the bulk loading stations also passes through a magnet and metal detector and is loaded into the truck trailer or rail car.

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