Paul Fishpool: Report published

2015 Scholar, Paul Fishpool’s report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled:‘Maximising the efficiency of the UK Sugar Beet supply chain’.



Report Title       

Maximising the efficiency of the UK Sugar Beet supply chain


Paul Fishpool


Countries visited

Richard Lawes Foundation

USA, Australia, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Slovakia and Spain




Objectives of the study tour: 

  1. Understand the principles of an efficient sugar beet and cane supply cane from field to factory or mill.
  2. Benchmark the UK Industry against other sugar beet and cane producing countries.
  3. Understand new and innovative techniques in the sugar beet and cane supply chains.
  4. Develop and introduce new ideas into the UK sugar beet supply chain.
  5. Determine how to operate the most efficient supply chain, from field to processing site in the UK sugar beet industry



  • The UK sugar beet supply chain is hugely complex, involving many stakeholders but must introduce change in order to compete post-2017
  • Total visibility of the whole supply chain is critical to improving its efficiency
  • A better-planned and co-ordinated approach also needs to be adopted to improve machinery utilisation and efficiency
  • Flexibility, planning and communication are key to improving beet scheduling in the UK
  • Harvesters and cleaner loaders are massively underutilised and different working practices need to be adopted
  • Haulage is key to the whole supply chain. By adoption of new working methods and techniques, efficiency can be increased

See Paul’s report at: