Aug 18 2013
AGRANA was established in 1988 as a parent company for the Austrian sugar and starch industry. The industrial player adds value to agricultural commodities to produce numerous industrial products for downstream processing sectors. With 56 production facilities and firmly established on all five continents, AGRANA has developed successfully in the past 25 years from an exclusively Austrian to a globally active company.
Today, the group is:
- Leading supplier of sugar and isoglucose in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
- Major manufacturer of customer-specific starch products and bioethanol in Europe.
- The global leader in the Fruit segment for fruit preparations and the leading producer of fruit juice concentrates in Europe.
With consolidated revenues of around 3.1 billion euro and approximately 8,500 personnel worldwide, AGRANA is one of the leading sugar companies in Central and Eastern Europe, a top manufacturer of customer-specific starch products in Europe, and the largest supplier of bioethanol in Austria and Hungary, not to mention being the global leader in fruit preparations and one of Europe's most important producers of fruit juice concentrates.
Sugar, Starch and Fruit – these are the three strategic pillars on which the Group's growth is based. AGRANA has been listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1991. Click on the following links to discover more about our roots and values as well as key facts and figures.
AGRANA at a glance
Provides you with an overview of AGRANA's objectives, mission and vision.
How it all began ...
Discover how AGRANA became a globally successful industrial player.
Group structure & corporate profile
Our corporate strategy and structure are based on three operational segments: Sugar, Starch and Fruit.
Meet our Management Board and Supervisory Board members.
What we stand for.
Where we are heading and how we aim to get there.
AGRANA well prepared for bioethanol production from residues
AGRANA is well prepared regarding an admixture with ethanol from plant waste. At its Pischelsdorf site, a wheat starch plant will become operational in 2013, which will use all major raw material components to produce wheat starch and wheat gluten. The residues not used to produce starch will be used to produce bioethanol in the existing bioethanol plant, thereby further optimising the plant's use of raw materials.
Required greenhouse gas savings are more than exceeded
AGRANA is already clearly exceeding the EU target, whereby the greenhouse gas savings from biofuels must be at least 60 % for new plants. As a result of the current optimisation of the plant's operations, and the associated one hundred percent use of raw materials, a savings potential by up to 70 % can be reached.
"Made in Austria" bioethanol guarantees sustainable production from regional grain surpluses
In Europe, bioethanol is predominantly produced from locally grown grain. AGRANA only uses Central European animal feed grain surpluses, certified in accordance with strict sustainability criteria, to produce bioethanol, which ensures the complete traceability of the origin of the raw materials used. During the course of its bioethanol production, AGRANA also produces a valuable, guaranteed GM free, domestic protein animal feed ("Actiprot"). Soya imports from South America can therefore be partially replaced, saving additional transportation and thereby green house gas emissions.
Since 2008, AGRANA runs in Pischelsdorf, Lower Austria, Austrias only bioethanol fuel plant. The site of the industrial estate in Pischelsdorf was selected in view of its location in the heart of the raw material prodction region, its excellent links to the Danube, roads and railway, as well as the ideal range of energy supply possibilities.
Every year, a total of around 210,000 m³ of bioethanol are produced at AGRANA’s facility in Pischelsdorf | Lower Austria – a quantity sufficient to cover all of Austria’s domestic requirements were E10 to be introduced. AGRANA currently exports around half of the bioethanol produced in Lower Austria, thereby giving away the potential CO2 savings Austria could fully make use of itself, rather than having to purchase expensive emission rights on the global market. The introduction of E10 in Austria would not require additional production capacity or land for cultivating crops – exports of bioethanol would simply be lower.
In addition to bioethanol, around 180.000 tonnes of high-quality protein-rich animal feed are produced each year and marketed under the name ActiProt®. This certified GMO-free animal feed, as well as the other by-products produced in Pischelsdorf, helps to make the production of bioethanol commercially viable, with the quantities produced replacing up to one third of Austria's soya imports from countries that can no longer quarantee GMO-free produce.
HUNGRANA Kft. in Szabadegyháza, in which AGRANA has a 50 percent stake, produceds isogluces and bioethanol in a combined starch processing plant with a nominal capacity of up to 187.000 m³ per year. Corn, corn gluten and live-stock feed are by-products of the process to produce isoglucose and bioethanol. Corn is the only raw material used by HUNGRANA. The bioethanol produced at the HUNGRANA plant is also used in line with the EU directive on the substitution of petrol.