The Italian-owned agribusiness said the move would double production, enable it to 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 substance is a main ingredient in the making of premium spirits as well as a food industry processing aid.
As well as increasing its potable alcohol capacity, once completed over the next two years, the enlarged operation would begin the production of liquid sweeteners, the company said.
Distillery expansion, 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 in the plant would boost its workforce to about 150, creating an additional 75 jobs and supporting hundreds more among its suppliers, according to Sedamyl.
As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of starches and sweeteners, Sedamyl produces starches, alcohol, and wheat gluten for the beverages, food and animal nutrition industries, 95% of which feeds directly into the UK market. By adding liquid sweeteners to its portfolio, the business said it could broaden its offer to the food industry. It also provides products for the paper and corrugating industries.
Sedamyl uses Yorkshire-grown wheat in its production, purchased from a network of more than 1,000 local farmers, providing a valuable and sustained revenue stream. The expansion would further support farmers and boost the local economy in the region, it claimed.
“These are difficult and challenging times for everyone because of the pandemic, so we’re incredibly proud to be able to announce such an important investment plan, which will enable us to reinforce and grow our position as a leading and sustainable supplier for our customers," said Sedamyl managing director Elena Frandino, a member of the family that has owned the business for 60 years.
"Supporting Yorkshire farmers is also important to us and we are proud to say that our wheat is sourced from an average of 60 miles from our North Yorkshire factory, helping us to improve our sustainable practices. As a family-run business, we regard this as a signal of our continued commitment to Selby, Yorkshire and the UK. We see enormous opportunities to grow our business here and diversify our product offer.
“At a time when many companies are cutting their workforces because of the impact of COVID-19, it is particularly pleasing to be creating valuable and high-quality jobs in our team as well as supporting hundreds more among our suppliers in the region.”