Italian-owned agribusiness Sedamyl has recently announced major plans to expand its Yorkshire plant which will see it double production, create additional jobs, add new product lines, and provide an increased market for wheat grown by local farmers, in line with its sustainability objectives.
The development comes a decade after the firm first acquired the redundant former Tate & Lyle site in Selby as its UK base for the production of potable alcohol, the main ingredient in the making of premium spirits and processing aid in the food industry. As well as increasing its potable alcohol capacity, once completed over the next two years, the enlarged operation will begin the production of liquid sweeteners.
The distillery expansion is underway with completion expected by the autumn and the first deliveries of high-quality liquid sweeteners due to start in late 2022. The significant investment into the plant totals £80 million and will double its current capacity – increasing its workforce to around 150 – creating an additional 75 jobs as well as supporting hundreds more among its suppliers.
As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of starches and sweeteners, Sedamyl is integral to the food manufacturing chain; currently producing starches, alcohol, and wheat gluten to serve the beverages, food, and animal nutrition industries, 95% of which feeds directly into the UK market.
Sedamyl uses Yorkshire-grown wheat in its production, purchased from a network of over 1,000 local farmers, providing a valuable and sustained revenue stream. The expansion will further support farmers and boost the local economy in the region.