British Sugar has announced the start of the beet campaign in Bury St Edmunds.
After talks with the National Farmers Union and growers, it has said the campaign will start in Bury on September 19.
British Sugar’s Agriculture Director, Colm McKay said: “This season’s campaign start dates have been chosen to strike a balance between grower harvesting plans, maximising the crop potential and deliveries of sugar to our customers.”
Around 3,600 growers supply British Sugar’s four factories in Bury, Cantley, Newark and Wissington.
It processes 7.5 million tonnes of sugar beet each year, producing more than a million tonnes of sugar.
British Sugar was also the first company in the UK to manufacture Bioethanol, and it exports enough electricity to power 160,000 homes.
It is also the largest supplier of betaine in the World, and produces around 140 million tomatoes a year in the UK’s largest single tomato glasshouse.