Wholesome! - Organic Sucanat - 1 lbs. (16 oz. / 454 g.)
Wholesome! Organic Sucanat (which stands for Sugar Cane Natural), is a whole unrefined cane sugar. In fact, it’s the least refined cane sugar you can find outside of a cane stalk. It’s made by simply crushing freshly cut sugar cane, extracting the juice and heating it in a large vat. Once the juice is reduced to a rich, dark syrup, it is hand-paddled. Hand paddling cools and dries the syrup, creating the flavorful dried granules called Sucanat. Nothing is added and nothing is taken out! It contains trace amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium and chromium. No chemicals, bone char or animal by-products are used to make or de-colorize this sugar, making it ideal for vegans too.
Wholesome! Organic Sucanat is made from 100% certified organic sugar cane in the heart of Costa Rica. Because Sucanat still contains all of the cane’s natural molasses, it has a deep brown color and a distinct, natural molasses flavor that enhances many foods. It is naturally gluten-free and can be substituted for brown or white sugar or in any recipe and it is especially good in chocolate-based recipes, baked goods, BBQ sauces and marinades.
- Replaces Brown or White Sugar
- Unrefined Whole Cane Sugar
- Fair Trade & Non-GMO Project Verified
- Gluten Free
- Kosher & Vegan
- USDA Organic
The fair trade certified logo is Wholesome!'s guarantee that their farming cooperatives are paid directly for the sugar cane they grow and mill. This means that the farmers can compete with factory farms, cultivate the quality of their crops, send their kids to school and build thriving communities. Thank you for choosing Wholesome!
Like is sweeter when it's Wholesome!
Love, kindness and joy may not appear on their ingredient label, but they're in this package just the same. Each time you choose Wholesome! products, someone's life gets a little bit sweeter. Wholesome! pours their whole heart into all they do.
They are committed to organic and stay on the cutting edge of eco-friendly agriculture to ensure the smallest footprint possible. Wholesome! is dedicated to fair trade and partner with caring farming families across the globe. Their partners are guaranteed a fair price so they can treat their loved ones well. Live sweetly.
Wholesome! Frequently Asked Questions
There are black specs in the sugar pouch. What is that?
At Wholesome!, they care about providing their customers high quality, great–tasting sweeteners. That’s why their products are USDA Organic Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified. From time to time, you might find a hard, dark colored granule mixed in with your organic sugar. Don’t worry! Most often, this is a burnt piece of sugar or organic plant fibers inherent to the sugar. The artisanal nature of their sugar involves heating sugar cane juice or coconut nectar (in the case of coconut palm sugar) until it crystallizes. Occasionally, plant fibers might accidentally be cooked down in the process as well. They are harmless. It is similar to seeing a darker spot on baked or toasted artisan breads.
Where does Wholesome! source its retail Organic Sugar Cane?
It all begins at Azucarera Paraguaya’s (AZPA) organic sugar cane farm in Paraguay. Wholesome! is proud to work in close partnership with this 95-year-old sugar producer who’s mission and objectives are to continually improve processes and produce an excellent product, in an ethical manner, while keeping the environmental impact to a minimum.
What does it mean that Wholesome! Organic Sugar is “green-cut?”
Green-cut refers to the fact that there is no burning of the fields taking place in the harvest of their fair trade organic sugar. Field burning is a common practice with conventional cane sugar harvesting. The burning is done to remove all the additional foliage and make the mechanical harvesting and subsequent cane crushing and sugar extraction more efficient. It eliminates the additional “plant trash” from the processing. Burning of cane fields is significantly detrimental to wildlife and the environment. Wholesome!'s fair trade organic sugar cane is almost exclusively hand-cut by the farmers. Additionally, they machete all of the foliage so it lies in the freshly harvested field acting as a natural barrier to weed growth.
How much yield does a cooperative farm produce?
An average estimate would be 65 to 70 metric tons of sugar cane per 2.5 acres for the growers.
Why does Organic Sucanat have such wide color fluctuations?
Wholesome! Organic Sucanat is artisanally made from juice that is dehydrated and granulated. The color is determined not only by the total molasses content, but also its concentration, which can vary in organic sugar cane juice. The juice and sugar quality can also be affected by the climatic conditions in which the cane was grown. This results in color and granulation variations that are somewhat inevitable. Wholesome! thinks that this variation is part of the hallmark of any natural or organic product.
What temperature is Wholesome! Organic Sucanat heated to?
The highest temperature that Wholesome! Organic Sucanat reaches during processing is 120 degrees Celsius, or 248 degrees Fahrenheit.
Why does the granulation size seem to fluctuate on Wholesome! Natural & Organic Sugars?
Wholesome! Organic and Natural Sugars are artisanally produced from a first crystallization of sugar cane juice without the use of chemicals, bleaches or flocculents. For this reason, granulation cannot be specifically controlled and fluctuations, while rare, are possible.
Are Wholesome! sugars refined?
All Wholesome! sugar cane products are minimally processed (unrefined) directly from the sugar cane. The sugar cane is simply crushed to extract the juice. The juice is heated to evaporate the moisture and concentrate the sugar which is then crystallized and dried. This minimal physical, processing retains a significant proportion of the natural cane molasses in and around the crystal giving the product it’s unique color & flavor qualities.
Refined sugars are subjected to several further chemical processes to make pure white sugar (sucrose). Refined ‘Brown’ sugars are then made by ‘painting’ or coating the crystal in molasses or other dark colored syrups. Wholesome! mission is to focus on ethical sourcing and minimum physical processing of sugar cane to produce the best quality, safe & flavorful sweeteners available.
What is the glycemic index of Wholesome! Organic Sugar
There are two indexes that may be used to determine the glycemic index. On the “White Bread Scale” = 92 On the “Glucose Scale” = 64.
How much sugar cane does it take to produce one bag of Wholesome! Organic Sugar
It takes about 10 pounds of organic sugar cane to make 1 pound of Wholesome! Organic Sugar.
Are Wholesome! organic sugars processed through bone char?
No, all of Wholesome!’ sugars are vegan. They do not process sugar through bone or animal by-products.
At Wholesome!, they are committed to providing the most delicious fair trade certified, organic, natural and Non-GMO Project verified sweeteners sourced from ethically and environmentally responsible growers and manufacturers. They provide safe and flavorful sweeteners that are produced with respect for food safety, the environment and human welfare. They strongly believe in the importance of sustainable and organic agriculture to encourage a safe and beautiful future for the planet and its people. They believe protecting the environment through sustainable farming is critical to a healthy planet and healthy people. They believe that the farmers who feed the world every day deserve a fair price for the crops they grow.
Wholesome!, formed in 2001, is the nation's leading provider of sustainable, environmentally and ethically responsible, great tasting sweeteners. They specialize in supplying organic, fair trade certified, Non-GMO verified sugars, syrups and honeys, all made from nature's best resources. Wholesome!, headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, employs almost fifty people and sources natural sweeteners in seven countries around the globe. The company relaunched the Wholesome Sweeteners brand in 2015 as Wholesome!. The Wholesome! team pioneered the fair trade certification process for sugar and honey in North America. Since launching the first fair trade sugar and honey in America in 2005 and 2008 respectively, Wholesome! has paid more than $10 million in social premiums to benefit fair trade partners, farming and beekeeping cooperatives in the developing world. They thank you for purchasing Wholesome! brand products.
Mission & Values
Love, kindness and joy may not appear on their ingredient labels but they're in Wholesome!'s packages just the same. Each time you choose Wholesome! products, someone's life gets a little bit sweeter. They pour their whole heart into all they do. They are committed to organic and stay on the cutting edge of eco-friendly agriculture to ensure the smallest footprint possible. They are dedicated to fair trade and partner with caring farming families across the globe. Wholesome! partners are guaranteed a fair price so they can treat their loved ones well. Live Sweetly.
Wholesome! pioneered the certification process for fair trade certified sugar and honey in the USA in 2005 and 2008 respectively. The fair trade certification guarantees farmers receive a fair price for their crops plus an additional premium payment that is democratically used to benefit the community. Wholesome! has paid more than $10 million in social premiums to benefit their fair trade partners, farming and beekeeping cooperatives in the developing world.
The company, which redesigned and relaunched the company brand as Wholesome! in 2015, has grown to become a recognized leader in socially and environmentally responsible business practices and products. Over 60 new products have been developed during the last 10 years and they are the first choice for many notable chefs and consumer good-food advocates alike. Wholesome! is the leading brand of organic sweeteners in grocery stores and the leading supplier of organic sweeteners to food companies as an ingredient.
In March of 2012, Arlon Group, a private equity firm based in New York, focused on food and agriculture, in partnership with Wholesome!'s management team and Edward Billington & Son, acquired a significant stake in the company. Arlon led the buyout of Wholesome! alongside Billington, Wholesome!'s management and several other investors. Imperial Sugar Company, one of Wholesome!'s original joint venture partners, sold all shares to the investor parties. Billington's continuing involvement, along with the retention and increased ownership stake of Wholesome! management, guarantees continuity of the consumer-focused philosophy and entrepreneurial culture.
Arlon Group invests in middle market companies across all stages of the food and agriculture supply chain, including production, processing, distribution, foodservice and retail. It seeks to achieve attractive long-term returns by combining its well-developed investment process in the food and agriculture sectors with the strategic insight of an experienced industry participant. Arlon Group believes that its long-term perspective, food sector expertise and commitment to partnering with management teams make it a strong partner to food businesses that are pursuing stable growth.
Edward Billington, 1826-1891
In 1858, Edward Billington, the youngest of twelve sons, set up a trading company in Liverpool, England. He started by trading tea and coffee. but within a few short years he had added sugar to his imports. Today, Edward Billington's & Son's is a diverse, international foods and agriculture group. It is one of Britain's largest, privately owned family businesses, recognized for quality, service and innovation. Established in 1858, it has more than 150 years of knowledge and experience in organic and all-natural farming and extensive expertise in sourcing the finest quality sugars across the globe. In 1992, Billington's was the first company in the world to bring a certified organic sugar to market.
With new ownership, Wholesome! continues to focus on providing their customers with the highest quality, most ethically sourced and fairly traded sustainable sweeteners.