Cantley Sugar Factory closure

First published: 23 December 2022

An image of Michael Sly stood in a field of growing sugar beet

Following the significant failure of the limekiln plant at British Sugar’s Cantley factory on 19 December, growers have been informed today that the factory will remain closed for the rest of the 22/23 campaign.

Speaking about the closure, NFU Sugar Board chair Michael Sly said:

“The recent very low temperatures and heavy frosts have impacted some areas of sugar beet, which now need to be processed quickly, so the shutdown of operations at the Cantley factory is of particular concern.

“British Sugar has assured us that everything possible is being done to minimise disruption to growers and hauliers, with Cantley bound sugar beet being diverted and processed at British Sugar’s factories in Bury St Edmunds and Wissington.”

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