Research and Development

British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO)

The BBRO is a non-profit making company funded jointly by British Sugar and UK beet growers, which commissions and communicates research to increase the competitiveness and profitability of the UK beet industry in a sustainable and environmentally acceptable manner.

Assisted by the BBRO, UK beet farmers have reduced their usage of nitrogen fertiliser by more than 40% since 1980. Sugar beet now has the lowest nitrogen usage of any major arable crop in the UK, including cereals, oilseed rape and potatoes. Current projects include determining the performance of new seed varieties, crop physiology and nutrition, control of pests, diseases and weeds, biodiversity, harvesting, storage and soil management.

Sugar Nutrition UK

British Sugar supports Sugar Nutrition UK which monitors international developments in nutritional science and provides an extensive repository of science-based data for journalists, health professionals and the public.

Sugar beet growing in field

sample pots, pellets and pills in drum bowl