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Sourcing is at the heart of Ragus' business: it sources sugar beet from Europe and travels the world from Africa to the Caribbean to South America and the Pacific countries to find the best, most reliable, and sustainably produced, sources of cane sugar. The sugar is manufactured by Ragus at its UK plant into a range of pure sugars, syrups and special formulations

Is sugar Kosher?

14/05/2020 By Ibrahim Belo in Applications Quality & certifications

In this blog, we will look at what it means for food to be Kosher, along with the sourcing and manufacturing processes of our pure sugar products that mean they have been certified as Kosher.

What does Kosher mean?

Kosher is a label given to food that conforms to Jewish dietary regulations under the kashrut, or dietary law. The Jewish holy book, the Torah, sets out the laws of kashrut, dictating which foods Jewish people may eat and how they must be prepared.

Food grown from the earth, such as vegetables, sugar beet or sugar cane, is kosher if it meets requirements based on when and where it was grown and eaten. Kashrut law also requires certain foods to be prepared in particular ways and specifically by Jewish people, however, that does not apply to sugar.

Is sugar Kosher?

The short answer: yes, all sugar is Kosher once certified. Ragus’ pure sugars and syrups are all certified Kosher, we source our beet sugar from Europe and cane sugar from African, Caribbean, South American and Pacific countries and keep our processes in line with kashrut law.

Ragus do not use any milk or animal products in any of the processes in our factory, whether manufacturing, filtering or in our packaging. All our work areas, at every point in the production process, from factory to distribution, are kept clean and uncontaminated, and our sugar products do not come into contact with any other foodstuff while in our factory.

When seeking Kosher certification, we did not have to change any of our processes as our factory is dedicated to sugar products exclusively, using modern, state-of-the-art equipment and processes. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our health and safety, the standard of production in our factory and the quality of our products.

Ragus’ production methods ensure our range of pure sugars and syrups are certified Kosher.

Kosher Certification

Food producers and manufacturers are audited by kashrut certification agencies to certify that they comply with kashrut law all the way through their processes from planting to packaging.

Ragus has been certified Kosher by the London Beth Din Kashrut Division (KLBD). All our products bear the KLDB logo, meaning they are certified for year-round use under the Kosher Status of Pareve-non-Passover.

Ragus has over 90 years’ experience manufacturing pure sugars and syrups and has held Kosher Certification since 2013. To learn more about our products, please contact our Customer Services Team. To see more sugar news and updates, continue browsing SUGARTALK and follow Ragus on LinkedIn. 

Ibrahim Belo

With a primary responsibility for manufactured product quality control, Ibrahim works within our supplier chain, factory and production laboratory. He has a focus on continuous improvement, implementing and maintaining our technical and quality monitoring processes, ensuring standards and product specifications are met.

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