La Réunion is a volcanic island in the Mascarene islands, in the Indian Ocean. And it is in this French overseas department that we encountered our "Sweetest Job”.
Located in the heart of the La Saline in Belle Vue, there is a historic sugar plant.
A few months ago, the council began the reclamation of this brownfield, a factory that once represented the economic heart of the island, to transform it into a cultural and economical location for the service of the community.
To this day, in Réunion, home of the nearly-forgotten traditional Galabe’, the sugar industry covers a particularly important part of the island's economy. It generates more than 18,300 direct, and indirect jobs in the fields of agriculture, industry, transport, energy and research fields. The sugar production by-products also play key roles. Aside from the raw material and sugar, they produce:
- rum, from molasses and cane juice
- electricity from the bagasse, which is the key to La Reunion Island's energy self-sufficiency
- fertilizer from the foam
- fodder for livestock