As a enthusiastic preserver of fruits and other lovely things, a baker of meringues and other sweet things, I know that Cane Sugar is the only one that really works. I was dismayed when earlier this week I bought a couple of bags of Tate & Lyle Granulated Sugar.
The old design in the nearly empty bag says it all CANE SUGAR, and someone cutting the canes. Well maybe most sugar cane is cut with a combine harvester these days, and for this I am pleased, as I know from observation that this is a horrible job. It also had an English Address, and said Produced in the UK. What they meant by produced I do not know, well maybe bagged only, since the sugar is imported mainly from countries such as Mauritius, and maybe other members of the old British Commonwealth.
Recently the market has been sourcing its granulated sugar from sugar beet, well this may be OK for sweetening tea and coffee, but I much prefer the Cane type of Sugar. Even Waitrose stopped stocking Tate & Lyle Granulated sugar in favour of the beet variety. I contacted them and had no satisfactory reply, with the lady on the help desk said that other customers were happy with this. I would much rather import sugar from countries, where they not only grow, but process the sugar, and come up with a lovely range from the deepest darkest moscavado sugars, large crystalled demerara to white refined icing sugar and caster sugar, than send aid!
The New Bag does not mention Sugar Cane at all, and says "Packed in the EU". I was really pleased to be assured by Tate & Lyle that the sugar is still cane sugar. This is the answer I received: