Creating our future

Our future


Competing in a global marketplace


Beet sugar crop
Farm with sugar beet
Sugar types - Making sense of sugar

BUILDING A SUGAR INDUSTRY THAT WORKS FOR BRITAIN

Operating in a diverse and continually changing environment presents many opportunities and challenges. The final round of changes to the European Union (EU) sugar regime in 2017 is just one example. These changes are abolishing production quotas, removing minimum beet prices and eliminating the artificial distinction between sugar sold for food and industrial applications in the EU.

Such a dynamic market is increasing the pressure on the competitiveness of the total EU sugar supply chain. Growers, processors, haulage companies and other key stakeholders will all need to ensure their individual competitiveness so that the UK beet sugar industry can continue competing as a whole.





THE FUTURE: WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN
FOR THE UK BEET SUGAR INDUSTRY?


The UK European Referendum vote is introducing a further dimension to the 2017 EU sugar reform for sugar producers in the EU. Brexit offers opportunities for great British businesses, such as British Sugar and the wider UK beet sugar industry.

The homegrown beet sugar industry is important for our agricultural sector, supporting thousands of jobs and farming businesses. For the first time we have quantified the extent of this ripple‑down effect in our new report 'British Sugar: A Homegrown Success Story', which you can read here.

Our UK beet sugar industry is critical to the rural and agricultural economy. No beet sugar grower just grows sugar beet; it is a valuable arable rotation crop (sugar beet is commonly grown in conjunction with wheat, barley or pulses to provide a valuable break crop, returning organic matter to the soil and preventing the build‑up of disease) and has no direct support from EU or UK Government.
 


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