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BTEX Compounds are added to suite of analysis

Fri 20 July 2012

To ensure our customers meet the needs of the regulators, when importing topsoil, we have added BTEX compounds to our comprehensive suite of Analysis.

BTEX is the collective term given for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and the three isomers (types) of xylene.

BTEX compounds are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with a chemical structure based on a planar (flat) carbon ring. BTEX are the most common compounds in petroleum and are found in petroleum derived products, such as petrol, and are also widely used in the manufacture of paints, synthetic rubber and agricultural chemicals. BTEX are hazardous and potential carcinogens.

They are commonly encountered as contaminants in soil or groundwater near petroleum or natural gas production sites and at petrol stations or other areas with storage tanks containing petrol or petroleum related products. BTEX may be determined in soils using Gas Chromatography (GC).

Greenkeepers discover the benefits of TOPSOIL

British Sugar’s TOPSOIL recently held a one day seminar titled, “The Art and Science of Modern Golf Course Management” at the City of Ely Golf Course.

The event was organised by Andy Spetch, TOPSOIL Manager at British Sugar in conjunction with The British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA). Both organisations were pleased with the attendance of fourteen Greenkeepers from across the region.

The main focus of the day was to introduce British Sugar’s TOPSOIL to Greenkeepers and to demonstrate its uses and benefits.

Andy, along with others from the industry gave presentations on a range of subjects. The presentations included:

  • Andy Spetch, British Sugar TOPSOIL
  • Andy Baker, Course Manager, City of Ely Golf Course
  • Peter Jones, Ten Top Tips for Agronomic Success on your Golf Course
  • Dr John Newstead,  Sports and Amenity Turf Characterisation with Delta-T Devices Ltd

After lunch Andy Baker, Course Manager at the City of Ely Gold Course took the group on a walk around the course to view the benefits of TOPSOIL and to answer any questions the delegates had.

Andy Spetch, TOPSOIL Manager said: “The seminar was a real success and these events always help to build relationships with our customers and potential customers. Since the event we have received a number of requests for quotations from a number of golf courses. We aim to continue the promotion of our products through working more closely with BIGGA. This includes exhibiting at the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) in Harrogate in January”.


Note to editors:

British Sugar is the leading supplier to the British and Irish food and beverage markets. Around 4,000 growers supply our four factories with 7.5 million tonnes of sugar beet each year, which we process into over 1 million tonnes of sugar.

 Sugar remains at the core of our operations, but by using a highly integrated approach to manufacturing, we aim to transform all raw materials into sustainable products, from sugar to topsoil, stones to LimeX, and animal feed.  In addition, we were the first company to manufacture Bioethanol in the UK; we export enough electricity to power 160,000 homes, we are the largest supplier of betaine in the world, and we produce around 140 million tomatoes annually in the UKs largest single tomato glasshouse.

 For more information about British Sugar and our products, please visit  

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