AGRANA in Romania
In 1998, AGRANA Zucker A.G. Austria started to invest in Romania. Nowadays, AGRANA runs two sugar factories in Roman and Buzau and one starch factory in Tandarei.
In 2005 all the sugar factories merged for an efficient management and administration, and therefore SC AGRANA Romania SA was founded.
The main activity of the company is sugar production out of imported raw sugar and sugar out of sugar beet. AGRANA is one of the most important sugar supplier for the sweetener and soft drink industry, for the international retailing, but especially for the local retailers from the small towns and villages in the whole country.
Our sugar beet production is located in Roman, Neamt County. The factory is the most significant partner for thousands of beet producers and land owners in the Eastern Romania starting from the Ukrainian border down to the South in Galati County. AGRANA specialists inform the farmers over the whole year by presenting them general agro-technical information and give them support to develop the arable crop cultivation. The most import matter is that AGRANA wants to bring the soil structure back to a favorable sanitary level. The company intention is, to bring the Romanian sugar beet crop at a competitive level in Europe.
Since SC AGRANA Romania SA was founded the company has invested in technological improvement of the beet sugar production and for the sugar refining, to modernize the technologies used for the beet planting as well as the agricultural machines used in the sugar beet harvesting and post-harvesting.
Our raw sugar production is located in Buzau, Buzau County. The plant was designed for both types of sugar production: from beet and from cane raw sugar. In 1998 the technology was changed in order to process only raw sugar. The processing plant capacity is 1.000 tons of raw sugar per day. AGRANA Romania has made several investments for upgrading and modernizing production, the company's latest acquisition is an automatic packing line which achieved the perfect quality of packaging. It achieved also the performance that only two operators could pack 60 tons in 12 hours, therefore the productivity increased by 24 tonnes per shift.
The AGFD Tandarei SRL factory is situated in the South – East of the country, halfway from Bucharest and Constanta. The location was taken over by AGRANA in December 2001. After an ambitious investment program the production started in April 2002. The main products are: Innate starch and modified starch, glucose and maltose syrup, grains, gluten and husk corn.
The annual production capacity is 36.000 tons of corn. The company owns modern storage and processing areas for more than 20.000 tons of cereals. Also, it owns special means of transport for bulk powder (starch) and viscid alimentary liquids (glucose).
The most important concern of the company in recent years was to find and invest in effective ways of optimizing the energy consumption and to improve the environment.
The company was founded in 1997 and was named, at that time, WINK ROMANIA. The original partner was the German company Wink Verwaltungsgesellschaft MBH. In September 1997, the concentrate juice production factory was launched. The factory is situated in Vaslui on a 19.000 square feet area, which is now owned by the company. In March 2005 the main partner offered the social capital for cession to the Austrian Group AGRANA, and in July the name of the company changed to AGRANA Juice Romania Vaslui, to directly demonstrate the company’s affiliation and area of work. The seasonal medium level of production is 3000 tons of apple concentrate and 100 tons of apple flavors.