Key dates in our history

A brief outline of British Sugar's history


2007

UK's first Bioethanol plant opens at Wissington

2006

EU agriculture ministers formally adopt radical reform of the EU sugar sector

1991

Associated British Foods bought British Sugar, and is still the parent company today

1982

British Sugar Corporation became a Public Limited Company, trading as British Sugar

1981

The government sold its 36% stake in the British Sugar Corporation

1972

Launch of the Silver Spoon retail brand for granulated, cubed, caster and icing sugar

1956

The Sugar Act replaced the 1936 Act and set up the Sugar Board, which guaranteed the price for growers, both in the UK and Commonwealth

1936

The British Sugar Corporation was created by the Sugar Industry (Reorganisation) Act to manage the entire UK sugar beet crop

1912

The first sugar factory was built at Cantley in Norfolk

1909

The National Sugar Beet Association was founded to establish the manufacture of sugar from beet as a British industry