Sugar in the UK is produced from sugar beets. Only sugar beets and sugar cane have a sufficient amount of sucrose for industrial sugar production. The British accelerated the spread of the sugar beet in Europe by blocking sugar cane imports into Europe during the Napoleonic wars. Today the UK produces over 7.4 million tons of sugar beets. Originally the Germans were the first to cultivate and grow the plant after discovering the sugar content in beets. The wider UK industry that manufactures sugar generates sales of 740 million British pounds. Wholesalers selling sugar, sugar confectionery, and chocolate in the UK made over eight billion British pounds in sales.
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