“Proposals for a new sugar beet processing facility in North Yorkshire are welcome news for the industry,” NFU Sugar board chairman Michael Sly has said.
Land off the A1 between Harrogate and York has been earmarked for a sugar beet processing facility by Al Khaleej International Ltd, a Cayman Islands-based subsidiary of Al Khaleej Sugar of Dubai.
He added: “Farmers in the region were disappointed when the British Sugar factory at York closed in 2007 and it is encouraging that investors are considering a new, larger plant in the area. It would be the first sugar beet factory built in the UK for 90 years and represents a considerable vote of confidence for the sector.
“The sugar beet industry makes an important contribution to the rural economy, supporting nearly 10,000 jobs across the country, and is a valuable rotation crop for arable farmers.”