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UK – British Sugar deploys Rezatec’s remote sensing technology to optimise the supply of sugar beet

British Sugar recently announced that it will be exploiting Rezatec’s optical and radar satellite imagery to help plan the supply of sugar beet to its factories during harvest with greater efficiency.

Rezatec’s proprietary technology supported by artificial intelligence will supply British Sugar with an accurate picture of the extent of beet production within each factory’s catchment area to include acreage. Field tests showed that the technology recognised with very high levels of accuracy (in this case 100%) of crops in the field (whether wheat, barley, sugar beet etc). With this knowledge and an idea of potential yield, haulage operations can be optimized.

Confirming this, Nick Morris at British Sugar said; “Using Rezatec’s innovative Supply Optimisation product, we can achieve greater efficiencies in our supply chain by optimising sugar beet to closest factory locations thereby reducing costs associated with harvest, e.g. haulage.”

The investment in this technology dovetails Abbey Logistics taking delivery of 11 new latest generation trucks that will go into Abbey’s core British Sugar fleet, providing bulk sugar movements throughout the UK and Ireland.

The new CF trucks from DAF feature latest generation aerodynamics, engines and gearboxes together with dynamic intelligent driving modes designed for maximum transport efficiency and minimum emissions.

The vehicles will produce up to 20% less nitrogen oxide and fewer particulates than previous generation vehicles being replaced in the fleet, as British Sugar maximises the environmental benefits of homegrown sugar.

British Sugar has made significant pledges to achieve environmental and efficiency goals in its 2030 Sustainability commitments, and their supply chains will play a crucial role in achieving these.