British Sugar offers £3,000/ha to encourage early beet deliveries

Sugar beet growers are being offered a one-off contract to deliver beet to British Sugar’s Bury St Edmunds factory in early September, with a guaranteed return of £3,000/ha.

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The new contract is designed to help the processor overcome the “unique challenges” experienced in 2022, when drought conditions led to a delayed harvest. Recent dry weather will have raised concerns of a repeat this year.

“The new contract will bring additional home-grown beet into the Bury factory earlier, to ensure sugar is available in early September, prior to the main campaign starting,” said a British Sugar notice.