The National Farmers' Union (NFU) Sugar and British Sugar have today (Tuesday, June 28) announced a beet price of £40/t for the 2023/24 sugar beet contract year, which represents a 48% price increase on last year.
The offer also includes a number of new options for growers to consider as part of the contract:
- Growers have the choice to purchase a yield guarantee product that protects income against yield losses;
- A ‘futures-linked’ variable price contract for the 2023/24 crop which enables growers to make more dynamic pricing decisions for up to 20% of their contracts; and
- A local premium, revised multi-year prices and the option of a cash advance.
NFU Sugar board chair Michael Sly said: “I’m incredibly pleased that we are able to announce this contract offer to growers in a timely manner, which represents a significant price increase on the previous contract.
“With growers facing significant cost increases, and the prices of alternative crops having risen to unprecedented levels, I am glad we agreed on a contract offer that should keep sugar beet as a valued part of growers’ rotations.
"I am hopeful this deal gives the opportunity for re-investment into the sugar beet sector and provides confidence for the future.
“NFU Sugar has invested considerable time working constructively with British Sugar to reach this deal and this has allowed us to develop innovative features that will add value to growers.
“After a couple of challenging seasons, which highlighted the increased risks growers are facing, I am pleased we have found a pioneering way of allowing growers to mitigate their yield risk.
“There is no doubt that we have been concerned about the decline in growing area over the past two years and the subsequent impact this had on the supplier base.
"It was important this deal addressed that and I hope now we will see that decline reverse and the industry rebound.”