CAMBRIDGE, England, July 19 British Sugar, a
unit of Associated British Foods (ABF.L), plans to sharply
increase tomato production for UK retailers, using gas from its
Wissington beet factory.
Britain's largest glass house that grows tomatoes recycles
carbon dioxide from British Sugar's state-of-the-art Wissington
factory in eastern England.
"We will be expanding the area under glass from 11 hectares
to 18.5 hectares -- the equivalent to 17 football pitches," Colm
McKay, agriculture director of British Sugar, said in a keynote
speech to a cane growers' conference.
The expansion programme will increase British Sugar's tomato
output, which is sold to major retailers, to 140 million tonnes
annually from the current 80 million tonnes a year, McKay said.
"It is an example of how we have produced a sustainable
product through innovation."
The three-day World Association of Beet and Cane Growers'
(WABCG) conference ends on Wednesday.
(Reporting by David Brough; editing by Jane Baird)