History of SPRI

The history of the Sugar Processing Research Institute, Inc. began in the 1930s with the formation of the Bone Char Research Project at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Dr. Victor Dietz. In 1963, it became the Cane Sugar Refining Research Project and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, with Dr. Frank Carpenter as its director. During the 1980s, its scope was greatly expanded under Dr. Margaret Clarke when it became Sugar Processing Research Institute, Inc. Today under the direction of Dr. Charley Richard, SPRI has become one of the most important sugar laboratories in the world, working on processing efficiency and overall sugar quality as well as finding answers to member’s challenges using sugar as an end product.