Florida Crystals® Becomes the First U.S.-Grown Sugar Brand to Earn Distinctive Regenerative Organic Certified® (ROC®) Status
Leading organic sugar brand validates stewardship in sustainable farming as its portfolio of organic raw cane sugars is now Regenerative Organic Certified
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2022) – Florida Crystals® – the only brand of organic sugars made from sugarcane grown in the U.S. – is pleased to announce that its three organic sugars are now Regenerative Organic Certified. The prestigious certification guarantees the company grows its organic sugarcane following the principles of regenerative agriculture to meet among the highest standards for soil health and carbon capture.
Florida Crystals’ commitment to regenerative farming led the company to seek certification of its organic farms, which have proudly become the first Regenerative Organic Certified farmland in Florida as well as the first ROC sugarcane farm in the United States. The rigorous certification, which is growing in popularity among consumers, is a step up from the USDA organic certification. By setting high standards for agriculture around the world, ROC requires farms to go above and beyond in practices that maximize healthy soil, carbon sequestration, biodiversity and fairness for farmers and employees.
“Becoming Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) is a testament to our unwavering commitment to farming in harmony with nature,” said Paula Summers, Vice President of Marketing. “We follow some of the most sustainable practices in the world, because we believe that farming in harmony with nature has the power to make our ecosystems and communities better. We couldn’t be prouder to be the first domestic sugar brand to receive this distinction.”
The company’s philosophy is to manage its organic farms under the principles of regenerative agriculture – farming practices that mimic nature – to rebuild soil and achieve carbon neutrality. Florida Crystals’ main pillars are:
- Minimize soil disturbance and keep soil covered. By rotating sugarcane with rice, vegetables and cover crops, Florida Crystals ensures nutrients are replenished in the soil naturally.
- Increasing biodiversity. Florida Crystals created habitat for more than 1,250 native barn owls, who help protect sugarcane grown without the use of synthetic pesticides.
- Upcycling byproducts by maximizing every inch of sugarcane. The company uses sugarcane fiber to generate the clean energy that powers its mills and packaging facilities, while mill mud and other byproducts are composted to make organic fertilizer.
"Florida Crystals ensures their farming practices work in harmony with their region’s precious natural environment and neighboring communities," says Regenerative Organic Alliance Executive Director, Elizabeth Whitlow. "We are thrilled to see that their Regenerative Organic Certified farming methods produce high-quality sugar while building soil, benefiting wildlife, and shaping a better water future for Florida."
Florida Crystals® crafts top-quality raw cane sugars that are USDA-certified organic, as well as Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, kosher and now Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC). For exclusive recipes, baking tips, and product information, visit: floridacrystals.com.
About Florida Crystals®
Florida Crystals® cane sugars – the only USDA-certified organic raw cane sugars made from organic sugarcane grown and harvested in the U.S. – are produced by Florida Crystals Corporation, a fully integrated cane sugar company that thoughtfully plans every step of its sugarcane’s journey to deliver sweetness that consumers can feel good with every bite.
From sugarcane grown and harvested fresh from family-owned farms in Florida and milled within 24 hours, Florida Crystals® delivers minimally processed cane sugars that offer consistency, unparalleled quality and authentic flavor for recipes. The products – all Non-GMO Project verified, vegan and kosher – are grown following some of the world’s most sustainable practices like regenerative and precision agriculture, which include crop rotation and using barn owls for pest control, to protect the environment for this generation and the next.
About Regenerative Organic Certification®
Regenerative Organic Certified® (ROC®) is a revolutionary new certification for food, fiber, and personal care ingredients that assures shoppers that their purchase makes a positive impact at every level: environmentally, ethically, and socially. ROC farms and products meet the highest standards in three pillars: soil health, animal welfare, and social fairness. ROC is overseen by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Regenerative Organic Alliance. Learn more at https://regenorganic.org.