British Sugar Enhances Supply of Sugar Beet
October 12, 2020
Sugar, the UK’s sole processor of the beet sugar crop, is working with leading
satellite analytics company, Rezatec, who is providing field-level crop
classification of sugar beet and other crops, to help achieve greater
efficiencies in their supply chain and processing factories.
British Sugar set out to achieve better visibility across catchment areas where
farmers are currently planting sugar beet and the acreage that is achieved, as
well as visualising which fields are closest to each respective factory using a
Nick Morris at British Sugar, “Rezatec was tasked with a preliminary piece of
work to apply its crop classification techniques to validate fields growing
sugar beet. We set the bar at 95% accuracy and we were very pleased that Rezatec
was able to achieve 100% from the test data.”
Following the initial work, to meet British Sugar’s requirements, Rezatec is
deploying its Supply Optimisation product, part of the Harvest SAT solution.
Using both optical and radar satellite imagery, and applying its proprietary
artificial intelligence (AI) approach for crop classification, Rezatec can
identify sugar beet and other arable crops within catchment areas and measure
the acreage organised into five-mile radial bands from four factory locations
around the UK.
Morris at British Sugar, “Using Rezatec’s innovative Supply Optimisation
product, we can achieve greater efficiencies in our supply chain by optimising
sugar beet to closest factory locations thereby reducing costs associated with
harvest, e.g. haulage.”
Tim Vallings, Chief Commercial Officer at Rezatec: “Working with British Sugar
to help optimise their supply chain and factory operations is a perfect example
of how the application of satellite data combined with advanced AI techniques
can provide decision support tools that have a tangible payback to the
Rezatec’s Products are delivered through its online platform, which provides
interactive tools such as dashboards, graphs, and maps to allow users to easily
view and interrogate complex data analytics to make informed business decisions.