Cupar’s Year of Stories – The Sugar Beet Factory

Scotland’s only sugar beet factory was opened by the Anglo-Scottish Sugar Beet Corporation in November 1926.

It was located to the East of Cupar, a site chosen for its proximity to good rail and road links to the growers of the crop. It became a key employer for the town and provided farmers with a regular source of income.

The factory endured through recession and war until it was finally closed on economic grounds at the end of the 1971 season.

The iconic concrete storage silo which dates from 1964 is a visible reminder of the factory in its prime.

Today, the site thrives as part of the Cupar Trading Estate.


We’d like to thank Cupar Museum & Heritage Centre for their help in supporting this series of stories – part of Cupar’s contribution to Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.


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