A sugar refinery in Algeria, run by France’s Cristal Union and local company La Belle, has started production with a capacity of 350,000 tonnes a year, an official at the industry ministry said on Tuesday.
The official told Reuters production capacity would double to 700,000 tonnes a year “within months”.
The refinery’s output is expected to serve the domestic Algerian market, which is estimated to consume 1.2 mln tonnes a year.
Family-owned Cevital had been the sole sugar refiner in the North African country with a capacity of around 1 million tonnes a year. It imports most of its raw sugar from Brazil.