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6 July, 2006 - 11:02 By Staff Reporter

East of England benefits from production switch

The East of England is to be the main beneficiary of British Sugar’s decision to close down its Allscott and York factories at the end of the 2006/07 campaign in an effort to maintain its leadership position in the EU sugar sector.The East of England is to be the main beneficiary of British Sugar’s decision to close down its Allscott and York factories at the end of the 2006/07 campaign in an effort to maintain its leadership position in the EU sugar sector.

As a result of the move, the Peterborough-based firm is expected to increase production at its four remaining UK sites: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk; Cantley and Wissington in Norfolk and Newark, Notts.

This is in addition to its recently announced collaboration with BP and Du Pont on the UK’s first biofuel facility, the closure of two of its Polish facilities and its intention to purchase a controlling stake in Illovo Sugar Limited.

A statement issued by British Sugar said that already achieved efficiency improvements, further capital expenditure in retained facilities, and the anticipated reduction in non quota sugar, had enabled the company to process the entire UK sugar beet crop in fewer factories.

British Sugar CEO Mark Carr said: “Every effort will be made to identify alternative opportunities for those who may be affected by the planned closures.”

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