About Sugar’s history
It is not known where sugar originated, but it is thought to have first been used in the Polynesian Islands of the Pacific Ocean over 5,000 years ago.
The Sugar Industry dates back to the very founding of the New World, and has been intricately entangled with its history. Sugar played an important role not only in the economy but also in how social relations developed in the New World.After domestication, its cultivation spread rapidly to Southeast Asia, southern China and India, where refining the juice into granulated crystals developed.
By the sixth century AD, sugar cultivation and processing had reached Persia, whence they were carried into the Mediterranean by the Islamic expansion. Wherever they went, the Muslims brought with them sugar, the product and the technology of its production.
Its cultivation was not introduced into Europe until the middle-ages, when it was brought to Spain by Muslims. Columbus took the plant, dearly held, to the West Indies, where it began to thrive in a most favorable climate.
Today Raw sugar is made in tropical countries where sugar cane can be grown profitably. It is then shipped in bulk to a refinery in the country where the sugar is required. It now has to be finally cleaned up, purified and made ready for the consumer.
Arabian Sugar Company B.S.C. (C), headquartered in Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) extended over 95,000 SQM, at 25km from Manama, is the only cane sugar refining company in Bahrain and hitherto the third in the GCC, with a designed yearly production capacity of over 600,000 tons of high grade refined sugar in its initial phase.
From concept to completion this over US160 million state-of-the art factory is designed and erected by renowned and creative consultants with great insight, and accomplished builders carrying a distinguishing difference.
Though the Plant’s refining process is highly automated, over 180 professionals which includes managers, supervisors, senior technicians, and skilled laborers are already deployed on site.