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British Sugar

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– **History**:
– Allscott facility in Shropshire closed in early 2007 and has been demolished.
– British Sugar Corporation formed in 1936, nationalizing the sugar beet processing industry.
– In 1972, sugar products sold under the name Silver Spoon.
– British Sugar plc established in May 1982 and later acquired by Berisford International.
– Associated British Foods acquired British Sugar in 1991.

– **Early History**:
– In 2004, British Sugar acquired Billingtons, a tea and coffee trading company.
– Rights issue in 1977 reduced government holding from 36% to 24%.
– British Sugar plc was taken over by Berisford International in 1982.
– Company name shortened to British Sugar plc in 1982.
– Berisford International sold to Associated British Foods in 1991.

– **Closures**:
– Cupar sugar refinery closed in 1971, impacting sugar beet processing in Scotland.
– Multiple factory closures occurred from 1981 to 2007 due to various reasons.
– Only four factories still process beet: Bury St Edmunds, Cantley, Newark-on-Trent, and Wissington.
– Decommissioned sites still have large concrete silos.
– Collaboration with BP and DuPont to build a bioethanol plant at BPs Hull site.

– **Operations**:
– British Sugar is the primary buyer of all sugar beet grown in Britain.
– Proposal to restart sugar beet cultivation in Eastern Scotland for bioethanol.
– British Sugar supplies cannabis to GW Pharmaceuticals.

– **Management**:
– Former managing director, Paul Kenward, is married to Conservative MP and Health Minister Victoria Atkins.

British Sugar (Wikipedia)

British Sugar plc is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods and the sole British producer of sugar from sugar beet, as well as medicinal cannabis.

British Sugar plc
FormerlyBritish Sugar Corporation Limited (1936–1982)
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustrySugar beet processing
PredecessorAnglo-Scottish Beet Sugar Corporation Edit this on Wikidata
England, United Kingdom
Number of locations
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Keith Packer (managing director)

Animal feed
Soil conditioners
RevenueIncrease £714.1 million (2021)
Increase £59.8 million (2021)
Increase £35.3 million (2021)
Number of employees
1,400 (2021)
ParentAB Sugar (Associated British Foods)

British Sugar processes all sugar beet grown in the United Kingdom, and produces about two-thirds of the United Kingdom's quota of sugar, with the remainder produced by the brand Tate & Lyle, under licence to American Sugar Refining, and by imports. British Sugar and the growers fix a contract called the "Inter Professional Agreement" determining the price paid for beet grown and the allocation of growers' quotas. The National Farmers Union (NFU) is the negotiator for the growers.

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