Florida Crystals Regenerative Organic Certified® Sugars
As part of our ingredient portfolio, ASR Group is proud to offer a wide variety of certified organic products from Florida Crystals®. With over 150 years of experience, Florida Crystals® produces top-quality raw cane sugars that are USDA-certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, and kosher.
In addition to these attributes that make Florida Crystals® the largest organic sugarcane farmer and the only producer of certified organic sugar that is grown and milled in the U.S., we are proud to announce that Florida Crystals® is now the first and only grower of Regenerative Organic Certified® (ROC®) sugarcane in the United States.
So what is Regenerative Organic Certified?
ROC® represents the highest standard of organic agriculture in the world, asking farmers to go back to basics and understand that farms are part of an ecosystem that needs to be embraced and respected. The certification requires farms to go above and beyond in practices that maximize healthy soil, treat animals ethically and provide fair conditions for farmers and employees. ROC® is becoming popular among consumers and is a step up from the USDA organic certification.
With decades of expertise in organic farming and its holistic approach to farming, family farmers prove that it's possible to grow foods in harmony with nature at scale.
Achieving ROC® Status
Florida Crystals® conducted an internal, farm-by-farm review of its agricultural operations two years ago to analyze how many regenerative agriculture principles the company followed and to create a blueprint to strengthen its regenerative agriculture programming. The structured program -- based on testing, information and data -- now informs each decision made on its farms.
To meet the critical goals of improving soil health and carbon capture, Florida Crystals focuses on five main regenerative agriculture pillars: minimize soil disturbance, keep soils covered, increase biodiversity above and below ground, upcycle byproducts, and reduce synthetic chemicals.
Florida Crystals rotates sugarcane, rice, vegetables and cover crops to naturally replenish its soil and promote biodiversity below ground. Sugarcane is a ratoon crop that maintains root systems, stabilizes soil and keeps it covered. Florida Crystals’ commitment to organic farming, which eliminates synthetic chemicals, has led the company to increase the size of its organic farm, making it the largest organic farm in Florida and the largest ROC® farm in the U.S.
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