UK sugar factories delayed as drought hits the beet harvest

Eastern Daily Press
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
The ongoing drought has delayed the harvest of East Anglia's sugar beet crop - prompting British Sugar to push back the opening dates for its factories. The firm announced that its factories at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and Cantley in Norfolk will open later than usual this year, on October 5 and 20 respectively. It said this was due to "exceptional climatic conditions over the summer", with these factory areas receiving less rainfall than Wissington in west Norfolk and Newark in Nottinghamshire, which will open on September 26 and 19 respectively. While he is more optimistic after last week's rain, Mr Blenkiron still estimates his overall sugar beet yields will be about 30pc down on average - costing a potential £100,000 in lost revenue for a business already grappling with huge rises in energy fuel and fertiliser costs.
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