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Cantley Operations Update

20 December 2022

Yesterday evening, 19th December, we suffered a significant plant failure at our Cantley factory. Importantly, we can confirm that nobody was injured and we have temporarily suspended processing sugar beet at this site.

We are working with our agricultural and operational teams and growers to ensure that we minimise disruption as best we can to our local growers and hauliers who supply the Cantley factory. Sugar beet will be diverted and processed at our factories at Bury St Edmunds and Wissington. This incident does not impact our commercial customers.

In the meantime, we are undertaking a thorough investigation to identify the cause of the incident and assess the extent of the damage before commenting further.


Notes to editors:


  1. Our sugar factory at Cantley factory can process up to 1.5 million tonnes of beet per annum. Producing up to 220,000 tonnes of quality sugar
  2. Earlier in the year we announced we would be introducing changes for the Cantley campaign, to accommodate climate change plans & ambitions (
  3. Cantley remains integral to our four-site strategy. Over the last year we’ve invested £9.9m in a new waste-water treatment plant, £1.25m in automation and a private 4G network at the site

Contact Details:

Olivia Seccombe, Head of Corporate Affairs, British Sugar

07864 800406