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A Quick History of Colombian Panela


Sugarcane arrived in Colombia from India more than 500 years ago. From 1538 onwards, sugarcane production expanded throughout Colombia and quickly became an important part of the country’s culture and traditions.

Panela production today looks almost exactly as it did in the 16th century.


Colombian panela is as much a part of the Colombian diet, culture, and traditions. Panela is still made using the same process, in the same small mills, harvested and crafted by hand. Nowadays, consumers are demanding natural products. In order to satisfy the consumer requirement, food manufacturers are using panela as a key ingredient in their products.


As western consumers become more healthy and environmentally conscious, unrefined cane sugar products like panela offer an organic, sustainable, and flavorful alternative to more refined sugars.

IndustryARC experts state that the global panela market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.91% during the forecast period 2019-2025.

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