Sugar can be used in a variety of ways in medicine. For example, it can be used to assist in healing certain wounds; and chemical manufacturers use it to grow penicillin. Sugar can be processed into alcohol, including fuel ethanol or rum; it can also be used to produce yeasts, amino acids and proteins (for example lysine). Sugar can be added to concrete to aid the setting process. It helps prolong the longevity of cut flowers. It has even been used in the film industry as a substitute for glass in on-screen stunts.
The leftovers from sugar production, molasses and sugar beet pulp, can be used for such diverse purposes as: animal feed, paper, yeast and amino acid production, generation of alcohol including ethanol, and as a soil conditioner.