Mills that are a model of sustainability
Way back in 1960, Florida Crystals opened its first sugar mill in the U.S. From the very beginning, we’ve been committed not just to growing the sugarcane for all of our beloved products, but to milling it ourselves as well. This gives us total control over the quality of our products, and lets us deliver the consistency and transparency that cooks and bakers like you demand.
Osceola and Okeelanta, where Florida Crystals® products are born.
A sugar mill is a hard thing to come by, so when the opportunity arose for Florida Crystals to purchase three decommissioned mills from Louisiana over sixty years ago, we jumped at the chance. Sugar mills are also hard things to move, but we managed to sail them on a barge across the gulf, through Lake Okeechobee and to Pahokee, where they were reassembled and readied for work. Renamed the Osceola Sugar Mill, it remains one of our primary facilities to this day.
As Florida Crystals grew, the Osceola Mill could no longer handle our ever-expanding line of products. That’s when the Okeelanta Mill was born. Now, it produces 1.5 times as much cane sugar and molasses as the Osceola Mill, giving us the capacity needed to continue to meet all of your baking, cooking and sweetening needs.
Most importantly, over the years we’ve continued to innovate at each of these facilities, making them more energy efficient, reducing their environmental impact and perfecting their ability to produce the finest sugar in the world. What we’ve created is a zero-waste process that utilizes every part of the sugarcane plant, and mills that show the same respect for the ecosystem around us as the family-owned farms on which we grow our sugarcane. All so you can feel good about enjoying raw cane sugars that taste great and are better for you, your family and our planet.