Because Michigan Sugar Company is owned by local growers, nearly every cent you spend on Pioneer Sugar stays in the local economy - helping provide jobs for more than 2,000 people... helping build strong communities throughout our growing region. And because Pioneer Sugar is pure, natural sugar, it adds a delightful taste at only 15 calories per teaspoon! Locally grown. Locally owned. In many ways, the best way to add a little flavor. Sugar - the natural sweetener. Only 15 calories per teaspoon!