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Sugar Fortification

Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources, e.g. sugarcane and sugar beet.


Since the latter part of the twentieth century, it has been questioned whether a diet high in sugars, especially refined sugars, is good for human health. However, not consumed excessively sugar provides a good vehicle for fortification as in most parts of the world, sugar is an important part of the human diet, making food more palatable and providing food energy. Moreover, the daily intake of the carrier is essentially constant and the cost of the staple is economical.

Due to this sugar fortification with vitamin and minerals is a common method to combat micronutrient malnutrition. The fortification of sugar with e.g. vitamin A is one of the safest, most efficacious, and most cost-effective interventions to prevent and control vitamin A deficiency.

BASF offers e.g. the vitamin A powder Dry Vitamin A-Palmitate 250, which is highly suitable for sugar fortification. Its stability in bulk as well as in sugar is excellent because it is effectively protected by anti-oxidants.

In addition, the fine particle size of BASF’s vitamin A powder ensures a homogeneous distribution in sugar.

The principle of sugar fortification is to mix powder vitamins with sugar using vegetable oil as a binder in a pre-blend.


The concentration of the vitamin A to use in both the premix and fortified sugar can be determined with the following calculator:

Vitamin A Calculator

This calculator will evaluate the amount of Dry Vitamin A-Palmitate with a potency of 250.000 l.U./g needed to fortify sugar.

Level of fortification:

l.U./g in final sugar

Amount of sugar:

Metric Tons

Amount of Vitamin A-Palmitate 250 MS CWD




More information and technical guidance is available here
Download flyer (The Fortification of Sugar)

Please contact us for more information on your sugar fortification project.

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