Molasses, from the Latin word melaceres, meaning honey-like, is thick dark syrup. Molasses, an important by-product of the Sugar Industry. During the sugar making process, juice extracted from sugarcane or sugar beets is boiled down until the sugars crystallize and precipitate out. It is the only by-product obtained in the preparation of sugar through repeated crystallization. The syrup left over after crystallization is referred to as molasses.

Molasses is mainly used for the manufacture of alcohol, yeast and cattle feed. Alcohol in turn is used to produce ethanol, rectified spirit, potable liquor and downstream value added chemicals such as acetone, acetic acid, butanol, acetic an-hydride, etc.