Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 52


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 14, 2005 on The History Channel
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The sugar industry came of age on the backs of slaves toiling in Caribbean fields, and British desire to control production of sugar and its byproduct, rum. Sugar also played a surprisingly critical part in America's battle for independence. Tour a sugar plantation on Maui, Hawaii to get an inside look at how cane sugar is produced today and learn how the sugar stalks are put through an extensive process of extraction and purification--and how a ton of harvested cane results in 200 pounds of raw sugar. Learn the technology behind creating the sweetener in all of its permutations, including corn syrup, brown sugar, powdered sugar and cube sugar, and how it's used in candies, soda and sauces as well as more exotic uses such as in pipe tobacco and processed meat.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Narrator: It was so valued it helped turn the tide in the American Revolution. Napoleon knew his fortunes would sour without it. From fields of cane to acres of beets, it's processed into a multi-billion dollar wonder. It no only satisfies the world's sweet tooth but one day might even replace our dependence on oil. Now: Sugar, on Modern Marvels.

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    • Steve Kaffka
      Agronomist, Univ. of Cal, Davis

      G. Stephen Holaday
      HC & S Plantation General Manager

      Felix Hubinger
      VP, Factory & Power Plant Operations

      Randy Tamaye
      HC & S Chemist

      David Farmer
      David Farmer Ranches

      Bob Strafford
      Spreckels Technical Services Manager

      Stephanie Whalen
      Dir., Hawaii Agricultiral Research Ctr

      Paul Case
      Owner, Kolani Distillers

      Andy Briscoe
      Pres. & CEO, The Sugar Association

      Alexandre Aidar, Jr.
      Cosan, Chief Commercial Officer

      Monica Albers
      Cosan, Chemical Engineer

      Henrique Pereira
      GM do Brazil, Product Engineer

      Stan Kiyonaga
      Manager, Maui Electric

      Executive Producer: Don Cambou
      Writer: Martin Kent
      Producer: Martin Kent
      Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
      Associate Producer: Jeff Mercer
      Editor: Motoshi Wakabayashi
      Narrator: Max Raphael
      Music: Alan Ett Music Group
      Producer: Bruce Nash
      Creator: Bruce Nash
      Production Manager: Shelia Collins
      Post Producer: Tim Knauff
      Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
      Director of Research: Allison Boon
      Production Controller: Dani Eslin
      Accountant: Sheridan Liu
      Accountant: Lisa Casella
      Accountant: Paulette Pantoja
      Researcher: Uldis Balodis
      Researcher: John Knapp
      Coordinator: Brad Skiles
      Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
      Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp
      Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
      Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
      Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
      Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
      Post Assistant: Kevin McCartney
      Camera: Kenneth Day
      Camera: Kevin Harrington
      Camera: Norm Johnston
      Camera: John Kraus
      Camera: Lon Magdich
      Camera: Julio Luzquinos
      Camera: Mauricio Jose Da Silva
      Field Audio: Rodrigo Freitas
      Field Audio: Matthew Pinson
      Field Audio: Thom Staton
      Field Audio: Tim Wolfe
      Online Editor: John Price
      Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
      Animation: Randall Rickert
      Animation Maps: Red Gypsy Animation
      Historical Consultant: Charles Baker
      Historical Consultant: Andy Briscoe
      Historical Consultant: Mae Nakahata

      Special Thanks:
      Bath By Bettijo
      C&H Sugar Company, INC
      California Beet Growers Association
      Coconut Spa
      Dublin Dr. Pepper
      Ilona Gerbakher
      Marianna Gerbakher
      Get Fresh
      Cida Goncalves
      Ben Goodwin
      Linda Howe
      Maui Sugar Mill Saloon
      Mae Nakahata
      Bianca Rossini
      The Sugar Association

      Supervising Producer: Doug Gordon
      Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

      Produced by Actuality Productions, INC