Fury at imported sugar 'sold as British'

Farmers Weekly
Thursday, February 18, 2021
British Sugar managing director Paul Kenward has criticised labelling rules which allow imported sugar to be sold with a Made in Britain logo. Imported sugar can be sold with a Union Flag if it is processed and packaged in the UK – even if it was grown abroad. Mr Kenward suggested this was unfair to British sugar beet growers – although it is standard practice and does not contravene any rules. “It annoys me, and I am sure many farmers that a product that is grown in Belize or Brazil, shipped around the world, then cleaned up in the American Sugar Refining facility in London can be packed in a bag with a Union Flag, saying ‘Made in Britain’.” American Sugar Refining – also known as the ASR Group – is the parent company of Tate and Lyle, which processes imported raw cane sugar at its Silvertown facility in east London. The Thames refinery is one of the largest sugar refineries in the world, with a capacity of 1.2m tonnes annually.
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