Nordic Sugar has opened a new silo at its Örtofta sugar factory in Sweden with an investment of SEK190m ($22.5m).

The new silo has the capacity to store up to 80,000t of sugar and is expected to further enhance the efficiency of the entire production chain from production to energy consumption and logistics.

Örtofta Sugar Factory head Olof Dahlgren said: “The silo provides advantages to both environment and production.

“It means that less transports and re-loadings must be made and also provides a more even production in the service centre.

“As we can pack the sugar gradually, we do not need large stocks of pre-packaged products.

“This fact provides another advantage – the silo makes it possible for us to efficiently ensure that our product maintains exactly the quality our customers want.”

Nordic Sugar noted that it has invested over SEK400m ($47.5m) over the last five years in strategic projects to ensure the competitiveness of Swedish sugar production.

“The silo makes it possible for us to efficiently ensure that our product maintains exactly the quality our customers want.”

Nordic Sugar AB managing director Katarina Silfversparre said: “We want to offer locally grown sugar to our customers. Therefore, we are specifically investing in the efficiency of our factories, in warehousing, logistics and product quality.

“This is crucial, not least in view of the recent liberalisation of the EU sugar market, which means that quota systems and minimum prices for beet disappear at the same time as export restrictions are eliminated.

“The investments in Örtofta are essential contributions to ensuring that Swedish sugar industry remains strong towards future challenges.”

During 2016-2017, the Örtofta sugar factory produced nearly 336,000t of sugar. It currently has a workforce of 147 people.