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Vegan Cane Sugar

If you aren’t on a vegan diet, chances are you didn’t know that all sugar isn’t considered vegan. It doesn’t come from an animal so what’s the issue? Bone char. Bet you didn’t know that many sugars are processed with bone char either. Bone char, usually made from the bones of cows, is used in the decolorization process for sugar – meaning it whitens the sugar through a filtration process. Standard sugar packages won't explain all of this, but the process is unacceptable to many vegans and they avoid sugar as a result. But that may be about to change when all the vegans out there find out about our 365 Everyday Value® Vegan Cane Sugar (which retails for about $4 for a 4-pound bag). Our vegan sugar goes through a 100% animal-free carbon deactivation process to decolorize. This carbon is a mineral and therefore, a non-animal source. Great news, right?

And we didn’t stop there…our vegan sugar is also part of our Whole Trade Guarantee. Read on to see why this sugar may be a perfect choice for non-vegans too! Any product with the Whole Trade Guarantee must meet all four of these criteria:

  • Meet our high quality standards
  • Provide more money to producers
  • Ensure better wages and working conditions for workers
  • Care for the environment

To sweeten the deal, we also donate 1% of all Whole Trade product sales to the Whole Planet Foundation, whose mission is poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

Our vegan sugar is grown and processed in Belize and the communities there are directly impacted by the sale of this sugar because every purchase of Whole Trade products helps fund projects such as new community centers, schools and homes for real people. The Whole Trade premiums paid to Belize sugar farmers have increased their income too. So, the next time you buy sugar think about the impact your $4 purchase can help make — even if you don't follow a vegan diet.

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Christin says …

Your blog post, “Vegan Cane Sugar | Whole Foods Market” was indeed very well worth writing a comment on! Simply needed to admit you did a fantastic work. Thank you ,Harry

Dorie LaRue says …

I am looking for a coffee "creamer" such as made from soy, almond, or coconut, without sugar. I like it to be creamy and whiten the coffee. I am trying to give up Cremora, a nondairy with casein in it nevertheless.

Samantha says …

Is the organic cane sugar not vegan? it says "Steam" is used to wash the crystals and "no de colorizers" are used.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SAMANTHA - All of our 365 sugars are vegan. The packaging will be updated once they use the current packaging to display a vegan logo on the back of the product.

Payal Shah says …

This is great! Is all brown sugar vegan?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PAYAL - Not all sugar is vegan. You can be assured that all of our 365 sugars are in fact, vegan.

Kenneth says …

I found Zulka Morena pure cane sugar Www.zulka.com 100% non HMO non refined sugar at Walmart for 2.98 for 4 lb package.

J says …

Are your baked goods, that are labeled Vegan, made with vegan sugar. The ingredients list only says "sugar"

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@J - If the items are labeled as vegan, they will be made with vegan sugar. If the goods are made in the store, our bakeries typically use our 365 sugar and all of our 365 sugars are vegan.

Deanna Herrera says …

When packages say organic sugar or organic can sugar, how do we tell if it is vegan/

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEANNA - Unless the product is labeled as vegan there is no way of telling if the sugar in the ingredient list is vegan or not. If the entire product is labeled vegan, then the sugar used must be vegan as well.

Ambere Wright says …

Could you tell me, Demerara sugar and Organic brown sugar, is that not also vegan or does it also go through a bone char process? Thanks

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@AMBERE - It really depends on the sugar vendor but most sugars are filtered through bone char. I would check with the vendor directly if you have questions about the sugar being vegan.

peny says …

How about the confectioner's sugar and the brown sugar in the 365 Everyday Value line?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PENY - Since this post was published, all of the 365 sugars we sell are also vegan.

sara says …

i have a question that is : is a kosher sugar is also vegan? and i want to know if there is bone -char in the final sugar that we eat or it is just used to whitening the sugar? thank you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SARA - There is not any bone char left in the sugar, it's just a filter. There can be Kosher processing for sugar but it will vary between brands. You can always check for the Kosher symbol on the package.

Mary Ann says …

Thanks. Please put this important information on the packaging.

Denise says …

Loved this article, who knew:)

KEENA says …

It's really disturbing that food manufacturers will use any means necessary for production...as long as it's cheap. Where are the ethics?!

ET says …

I'm using this vegan sugar to make rock candy with my daughter, and have two questions: 1. What are the larger tan bits in this sugar? Are they larger crystals that did not turn white? 2. Once our sugar-saturated water solution boiled, it turned yellow. It was supposed to turn clear. Is this due to the above impurities? Thanks for letting me know, I want to make sure it is safe to eat with whatever those tan bits are.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ET - White, granulated sugar goes through quite a bit of processing and I would guess vegan sugar -- because the purification process is different (no bone char), impurities are likely. Vegan sugar uses carbon in the decolorization process……so it should be nice and white. It's possible the darker colored pieces were just coated in a bit of molasses, hence the darker color of the candy.

Angelique Aponte says …

Thank you, nice to have sweets again. Wholefoods needs to get cakes and donuts from Vegan Divas in Manhattan rather than Cafe Indigo which is more expensive to have shipped. But thank you for giving us vegans more choices.

Kanye says …

Why do you only donate 1%...

SG says …

Is it possible to buy the sugar in bulk?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SG - Check with your local store and the Bulk department should be able to order you a bulk bag of vegan sugar. They will be happy to let you know the process for special ordering.

dean grillo says …

the only reason i shop at whole foods is because of the effort made to provide vegan products such as this. Thank you for making the effort. now a solely vegan whole foods market would be over the moon! i would drive a long way for that.

Sheila says …

Where can I buy this vegan sugar I live in englan

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SHEILA - If we do not have a store in your area, would suggest finding a vendor online you can order from. You can always find a list of our stores at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Ravi Krishnamoorthy says …

I have been to your store in San Ramon, CA multiple times over the last couple of weeks but do not find Vegan Sugar to be available. Also, the store reps are not very knowledgeable about this product. In fact, one person even helpfully steered me to sugar substitutes which is obviously not the same thing. I have earlier purchased Vegan sugar from this shop a couple of times but was surprised to see that it has not been in stock for quite some time. Is it possible to ensure that this store starts again to carry this product? Thanks,

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RAVI - All of our 365 sugars are vegan. The packaging should be updated at this time on the back to reflect a vegan symbol. If the packaging is not updated yet, it is in the works and should be out soon.

Jan says …

I can no longer find vegan sugar at the Palo Alto, nor the Los Altos, CA Whole Foods stores. The stores sell organic sugar, but this is not what I'm looking for. Why have these stores stopped selling vegan sugar?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JAN - None of our sugars are whitened using bone char, so all 365 sugars are vegetarian/vegan friendly.

angela mollard says …

This sounds good to me have heard that artificial sweetners are not good for you ..my daughter has been vegan for two years now...and goes to whole foods all the time....will let her know about this.... sincerely, angela

Dorothy Anne says …

Lovely! You do a service to the world (and to aspiring mixologists wanting clear simple syrup!)...

Marie says …

Hi! Is 365 Everyday Value™ Vegan Cane Sugar sold anywhere other than Whole Foods Market? I'm confused as to whether or not it is organic/non-GMO. Can u please clarify. Thank you for your product. I will travel to Whole Foods & purchase it if necessary. :-)

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARIE - 365 products are our private label line so they will only be available for sale in our stores. This post is a little old but now, all of our 365 sugars are vegan as well. Most of the sugars will also be either certified organic or non-GMO. You can find a list of the sugars that are verified non-GMO at http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/search/?brandId=222. Since our products differ between stores, check with your local store directly if you're looking to find a specific product and they'll be happy to help!

mary says …

is all sugar decolorized? why? just for appearance?

sonny says …

A bit confused, so the organic cane sugar cookies and bag of sugar is not vegan but processed through bone char- can anyone help me please

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY - No, our 365 sugars are not decolorized.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SONNY - This post is a little older so since this was published, all of our 365 sugars are vegan. In regards to sugar cookies, I would check with the manufacturer to find out if they are vegan if the packaging does not say it is.

june briggman says …

I would like to know if you sell soy milk with sugar cane.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JUNE - Our exact products will differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have this type of soy milk in stock.

Dan says …

So, are 365 everyday value brand sodas made with vegan sugar? More specifically the cherry vanilla cream soda

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DAN - I checked with our private label team and the 365 sodas are not made with vegan sugar.

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