The refinement process is what differentiates cane sugar from refined sugar. Both cane and refined sugars begin as juice extracted from sugarcane, which is then filtered, evaporated and spun in a centrifuge, which results in the creation of sugar crystals. For cane sugar, this is where the process ends, but refined sugar is further processed to remove any non-sugar ingredients and to transform the sugar crystals into fine granules. Each type of sugar has its own unique properties that distinguish it in terms of taste, appearance and use.

Also known as evaporated cane sugar, dried cane syrup, raw sugar and turbinado sugar.

Also known as granulated sugar, white sugar and table sugar.