Sugar produced from sugar beet or sugar cane is identical. The process of extracting and purifying sugars from sugar cane and sugar beet however allows for the production of a large variety of sugars. Sugars may differ in color, flavor, sweetness, and crystal size. Each of these characteristics allows sugar to perform a variety of functions in food products, in addition to providing a sweet taste.
Icumsa 600-1200 is 100% raw refined and is produced after the first crystallization of sugar cane. This sugar is thicker than white sugar, known as Icumsa 45, and its color is brownish. Raw brown sugar from sugar cane, when fully refined, contains about 70% white sugar.