British Sugar is the leading supplier of sugar to the UK market. But take a look at our product portfolio and you may be surprised; we develop and sell a diverse range of sustainable products. Using our Combined Heat & Power plants, we export enough electricity for 160,000 homes and we invested in the UK’s first Bioethanol plant, producing 70 million litres of renewable fuel.
British Sugar is recognised internationally as one of the most efficient and progressive sugar manufacturers in Europe. The scale and nature of our operations mean that behind every product is the total assurance of food safety, product traceability, security of supply and a commitment to product innovation.
Our company is committed to the core principles of sustainable development and we aim to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability throughout our business and supply chain.
Our factories utilise a power generation system that produces both steam and electricity, called Combined Heat & Power (CHP). The system is recognised as one of the most fuel-efficient processes available, utilising about 80% of the energy in the fuel.
Coal, oil or gas are used to fuel water boilers producing steam at high pressure. This steam is used to drive turbo-alternators generating electricity to power the factory. The steam from the turbo-alternator is then used again in the evaporation stages, and yet again to heat the sugar juice at various points throughout the process.
At several factories, more electricity is generated than the factory requires and the excess is sold to the electricity supply companies. Developing this principle further, high performance combined cycle gas turbines have been installed at the Bury St Edmunds and Wissington factories, efficiently generating even more electricity for sale.