digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















British Sugar
Type Subsidiary
Industry Sugar beet processing
Founded 1936
Headquarters Peterborough, England, UK
Number of locations 5
Area served United Kingdom
Products Sugar
Parent Associated British Foods
Website britishsugar.co.uk
The facility at Allscott, Shropshire, closed in early 2007.
British Sugar factory at Bury Saint Edmunds at the backdrop of the town's railway station.

British Sugar plc is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods and the sole British producer of sugar from sugar beet.

British Sugar processes all sugar beet grown in the UK and produces about half of the UK's quota of sugar, with the remainder covered by Tate & Lyle and imports. British Sugar and the growers fix a contract called the "Inter Professional Agreement" determining price paid for beet grown and the allocation of growers' quotas. The National Farmers Union (NFU) is the negotiator for the growers.


The British Sugar Corporation was a company that was formed in 1936, when the British parliament nationalised the entire sugar beet crop processing industry, under the banner of British Sugar Corporation. At this time there were 13 separate companies with 18 factories across the country. In 1972 it began selling its sugar products under the name of Silver Spoon.

In 1977 a rights issue decreased the government holding from 36% to 24%. It was taken over by Berisford International in 1982 and in May of that year the company name was shortened to British Sugar plc.

It was sold on 2 January 1991 to Associated British Foods (ABF) after a crash in property values affected Berisford. ABF had attempted to purchase in the late 1980s but the stockmarket downturn had stopped their move.


Due to need for continued efficiency in the face of changes to the European Sugar Regime, there has been significant reorganisation within the company. The most noticeable is that the number of factories has been reduced over the years. Closures at some sites have resulted in the expansion of active plant processing periods ("campaigns") at others. One of the cost effective measures is to increase the front end processing of sugar beet up to the "thick juice" stage (a syrup). This is stored in tanks and processed out of season spreading the load on the crystallisation stages which do not have to be uprated.


In 1981 the Ely, Felsted, Nottingham and Selby factories closed after a reduction in the allowed sugar quota. This was followed by the closure of a site at Spalding in 1989, Peterborough and Brigg in 1991, King's Lynn in 1994, Bardney and Ipswich in 2001, Kidderminster in 2002, and Allscott and York in 2007. The site at Allscott, which opened in 1927, near Telford, Shropshire, was closed because it "lacked scale" to be run economically, while the site at York, North Yorkshire (opened 1926) was closed due to the poor crop yields in northern England.[1]

Of the 18 factories which were owned by the British Sugar Corporation, only four still process beet - Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) Cantley (in Norfolk, the first British sugar factory in 1912), Newark-on-Trent (Nottinghamshire) and Wissington (western Norfolk and the largest in Europe). The Bury site is also a major packaging plant for Silver Spoon. The 12 sites already closed have been sold and decommissioned to various degrees - many large concrete silos (for storing the major product, white granulated sugar) still remain even where the sites have been closed, including those at the Kidderminster factory which was closed in 2002 and was sold off in 2006, and Ipswich. Allscott has now been completely demolished. Spalding has been replaced by a gas-fired power station.

BP and DuPont are working with British Sugar to build a bioethanol plant at BP's Hull site, per an announcement made on June 2007.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Two sugar plants set to be closed". BBC News. 4 July 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Sugar — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1000000 videos foundNext > 

British Sugar - how sugar beet is processed - Daniel Clifford

Daniel Clifford visited British Sugar in Bury St Edmonds to see how sugar beet is processed and ends up in the bags in the supermarket. The Great British Men...

A day in the life of British Sugar - Andrew Beresford

British Sugar

Nick Morris, Area & Beet Supply Manager for British Sugar plc

in this Bright Crop video Nick Morris describes his role as Beet Supply Manager for British Sugar plc, and discuisses how people can find their way into a ca...

Cantley British Sugar

New evaperater being unloaded from barge by 100 ton crane 17 /12/2013.

Silver Spoon - British Beet, British Sugar and British Tomatoes!

TURNING SUGAR BEET INTO TOMATOES (and a lot of British sugar!) Waitrose sells British sugar so I took a trip to East Anglia and found that there was more to ...

sugar factory silver spoon british sugar beet bury st edmunds from air 2012 ip332nj

sugar factory silver spoon british sugar beet bury st edmunds from air 2012 ip332nj.

british sugar abseil

Abseiling down british sugar silo 185 foot drop.

British Sugar hit hard by global warming hoax - Stuart Agnew MEP

http://www.ukipmeps.org • European Parliament, Brussels - 25 January 2011 • Speaker: Stuart Agnew MEP, UKIP (Eastern Counties), EFD group. - Reply by Ms Sabi...

DSM at British Sugar

A pair of DSM high reach excavators - Hitachi 1200 and 670 - start work on the demolition of the silos at the British Sugar facility in Kidderminster.

1000000 videos foundNext > 

1665 news items

The Press, York

The Press, York
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:15:00 -0800

MORE than 1,000 homes and a new primary school are to be built on the site of a former York factory, under new plans submitted to city leaders. British Sugar revealed yesterday that is has submitted planning applications for the development of its old ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:04:57 -0800

Nottinghamshire Fire Service was called to the scene at 2.35pm to reports of a blaze in the pellets and cooling building of the site on Muskham Road. Six fire crews from across the county went to the scene, including two from Newark fire station, one ...

East Anglian Daily Times

East Anglian Daily Times
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:56:15 -0800

British Sugar has four factory sites in East Anglia and the Midlands, including one in Bury St Edmunds. In the last decade it has invested more than £300million improving efficiency and competitiveness and spends about £2m a year in research ...


Insider Media
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:15:00 -0800

A pricing dispute with British Sugar has pushed Liverpool-based Real Good Food into the red for the first six months of its financial year, but the group said its sugar business has returned to profitability following the start of the new sugar ...

The Journal

The Journal
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:56:15 -0800

British Sugar's drive towards best practice has resulted in the creation of comprehensive training units, which are now underpinned by industry-recognised qualifications and we are delighted to be supporting the company's commitment to developing its ...


Tue, 09 Dec 2014 08:52:30 -0800

UK - A new group of young beet growers is being assembled by NFU Sugar to learn more about the industry they're involved in. The Sugar Industry Programme (SIP) which was launched in 2010/11 in conjunction with British Sugar is an initiative designed to ...
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:18:45 -0800

Real Good Food saw its profits turn into losses during the first half of the year due to a pricing dispute with British Sugar and a drop in sugar prices. The food business, which distributes sugar in the UK, reported a drop in revenues by 1% to £128.7m ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:03:45 -0800

Finally Real Good Food recovered from earlier losses to close up 1.5p to 30.5p after a 1% fall in half year revenues and a loss of £3m, compared to a profit of £2.2m. The company was hit by a price dispute with British Sugar, but its distribution ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight