Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is a farmer-owned producer of beet sugar. Founded in 1972, our cooperative has over 500 shareholders who annually grow approximately three million tons of sugarbeets, producing up to a 1 billon pounds of pure white sugar.

At Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, we are focused on making the highest-quality sugar for our customers.  

Every shareholder is a sugarbeet grower working hard to grow exceptional quality crops. Many are third-generation farmers, carrying on a long family tradition of growing sugarbeets.  For over three decades, our farmers, families, and community have depended on the beet harvest as an important source of meaningful work and needed income.

Our cooperative is located amide the rich, fertile fields of southern Minnesota. Our farmers are stewards of this land, and we work hard to ensure the soil and water – on which a bountiful, quality sugarbeet crop depends – are properly managed and cared for.

The cooperative has made significant investments over many years to improve the way we grow beets and make responsible use of our natural resources. We conduct industry-leading agronomy research to reduce the fertilizer and pesticide use, we are continually improving our water conversation and treatment practices, and we undertake regular upgrades to make our production more energy efficient.

SMBSC was founded on the principle that we are stronger and more efficient when we work together and share resources. And it is this principle that guides our deep commitment to making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of our farms, our community, and our natural resources.

Our History

Our Vision

To be the preeminent integrated sugar producer in the world.

Our Mission

Bring appreciable value to its farmer shareholder, employees and consumers through a steadfast and daily commitment to sustainable, ethical and innovative practices from field to factory to market.

Core Values

Dedicated to environmental, safety and quality excellence.

Committed to growth through innovation and creativity.

Foster a culture of honesty, integrity, transparency, and ethical conduct among customers, shareholders and employees.

Fair and equitable treatment of shareholders and employees.

Our Subsidiary

Spreckels Sugar Company, Inc.

Brawley, California

Spreckels Sugar Company, a subsidiary of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative as of 2005, is the producer of Spreckels Sugar products.  The Spreckels Sugar labels are primarily marketed in the western half of the United States.  Spreckels Sugar operates one beet sugar factory located in Brawley, California.  With quality and customer service a number one priority, Spreckels has been supplying sugar products to consumers and customers for over 100 years.

Spreckels Sugar's Website

Our Community

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative recognizes the importance of investing in our communities.  By creating and sustaining healthy communities, our shareholders, employees, and neighbors have more opportunities to grow, develop and flourish.