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Mario Frandino 1943-2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mario Frandino, CEO of the group and co-founder of the company.

A gentle man, a great innovator and a charismatic leader, Mario led the group with his immense knowledge of industrial processes and his genial intuition, earning through his work, the respect and esteem of the local community and of all the international industry leaders.

He leaves a great void but his teachings and the fruits of his labors will remain strongly ingrained in our group and in the people who have had the good fortune to work with him.

The Frandino Family


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Sedamyl announces recruitment opportunities to support £80m expansion

Sedamyl employeeYorkshire-based agribusiness SEDAMYL has announced a major recruitment drive to support its recent £80million investment in the business’ Selby plant.

The Italian family-owned organisation – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of proteins, alcohol, starches and sweeteners – announced a significant expansion of its plant last February. The £80m development will lead to the firm doubling its UK production, allowing for new product lines and an increased market for wheat grown by local farmers.

To support the growing operation, SEDAMYL, which is celebrating ten years operating in Selby this year, is now on the lookout for new people to join its dedicated and diverse team. There are a range of roles available across several areas of the business, including plant production/operatives, engineering, logistics, quality control, procurement, customer services and human resources. From just 40 colleagues in 2012 to over 100 today, SEDAMYL’s workforce has continued to grow, offering long term career development opportunities for people across Yorkshire.

In addition to the 10th anniversary and expansion project, last November SEDAMYL secured the Rural Award at the Yorkshire Post ‘Excellence in Business’ Awards 2021, cementing its position as one of Europe’s industry leaders in grain processing and production.

Elena Frandino, Managing Director at SEDAMYL UK and a member of the family that has owned the business for 60 years, said: “It was an incredibly proud moment for us when we announced such a huge investment in our Selby plant. Our business has fantastic opportunities for growth in the Yorkshire region and we are confident that our expansion will help to broaden our product offering and reinforce our position as a leading, sustainable supplier.

Our business is built on family values, which are at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we are so excited to be able to offer a diverse range of jobs within our team, helping to support growth and expand our SEDAMYL family in the UK. Celebrating our 10th anniversary in Selby this year cements our commitment and dedication to driving career opportunities in the UK and our continued support of Yorkshire farmers and suppliers in the area.


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The Sedamyl Group Supports Local Community with Donations

Students across Selby are all set for the new term thanks to a series of donations by one local employer The Sedamyl Group – which encompasses sister companies Sedamyl UK and Uniglad Ingredients. The group has been investing in the local community with a series of charitable donations to schools and colleges as part of their investment in the local area.


Uniglad Ingredients has donated 1,000 units of its own brand hand sanitiser, Safe & Clean, to nearby Selby College, supporting local students and teachers in staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on Denison Road and only a short walk from Selby College, Uniglad (as part of the Sedamyl family) is passionate about giving back to the community and wanted to support its neighbour by providing enough hand sanitiser to see the College safely through the next few terms.

The hand sanitiser is made by Uniglad at Sedamyl’s Selby plant, using alcohol derived from UK wheat which the firm sources from local farmers. The alcohol used in the product is denatured alcohol – a product which is made unfit for human consumption by adding additional chemicals (denaturants) to it but is perfect for the use in alcohol-based cleaning products such as hand sanitisers.

The sanitiser has been developed to help prevent the spread of bacterial infections and diseases and is also proven to be effective against Covid-19. The Safe & Clean formula is based on the World Health Organisation’s fully researched recipe that promises to stop the spread of bacteria and viruses, killing 99.99% of germs.


Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College, said: “We’d like to express our gratitude to Sedamyl and Uniglad for the generous donation of 1,000 bottles of hand sanitiser. Uniglad and Sedamyl’s commitment to the local area and the support the team has shown to the College and other local businesses during the pandemic has been fantastic to see. Their generous contribution will help continue to keep our students and staff safe on campus, so that our students can continue their learning following a period where there has been so much disruption in education. We look forward to working closely with Uniglad and Sedamyl in the future.”


Barwic Parade Community Primary School has also received a large donation of books and hand sanitiser from the Sedamyl Group, to help support the children’s learning and safety following the disruption schools have faced during Covid-19.

This year’s book donation is the second year running the Sedamyl Group has donated to the school; Sedamyl is keen to support local projects and initiatives in the community – particularly causes that support young people and education – as it expands its Selby site. Sedamyl also supported the school with donations to its breakfast club, to ensure that all pupils could start off their day with a healthy meal before school begins. Sedamyl’s donations ensure that the breakfast club is fully stocked with healthy foods for the children such as cereals, fruits and yoghurts and has supported 245 families so far.


Emily Parkhill, English Teacher at Barwic Parade Community Primary School, said: “We are incredibly thankful for the donation from Sedamyl UK as it has allowed us to provide the children with a healthy breakfast and of course lots of new and engaging books. Reading is an incredibly important skill in all areas of life, and at Barwic Parade we not only want to develop this skill in children, but also to develop a culture of reading where everyone reads widely, often and for pleasure.”


Elena Frandino, Managing Director of Sedamyl UK, said: “Books are an incredible resource for children, with their imagination and curiosity allowing them to explore stories even when staying at home. The pandemic has caused such disruption across all ages and Sedamyl wanted to support Selby’s future generations to succeed and provide children with some sense of normality during these very abnormal times. I am also passionate about our support of the school’s breakfast club, as each child deserves the right to enjoy a healthy meal to set them up for a day of learning.

“Sedamyl is proud to have pivoted its production models at our Selby plant in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to supply the community with hand sanitisers to prevent the spread of the virus, we adapted the production of our traditional alcohol products to create the Safe & Clean hand sanitiser instead, so that we could contribute to UK’s efforts in tackling this horrible disease. We look forward to working closely with other groups in the community in future”.


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Sedamyl Recruits to Support Expansion Plans

Yorkshire business will create 75 jobs to support local economy and supply chain


Selby-based family-run agribusiness Sedamyl is looking for new team members to fill a number of roles and supporting its rapidly expanding workforce to support its current expansion project.


Amid a year of unprecedented challenges for the UK economy, Sedamyl – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of proteins, alcohol, starches, and sweeteners – has announced an £80million investment which will see its Yorkshire plant double its potable alcohol capacity and add new lines for the production of liquid sweeteners. The expansion will create up to 75 jobs and support hundreds more in the supply chain.


As well as recruitment opportunities, the expansion plans will see the Italian firm double UK production, add new product lines, and provide an increased market for wheat grown by local farmers. The firm is looking for a variety of roles to support the operations including shift operators and logistics staff along with lab technicians, mechanics, and engineers.


In the past decade, Sedamyl’s workforce has expanded from just 40 people in 2012 to nearly 100 in 2021 and the firm has a strong reputation for delivering career development opportunities, delivering impressively high staff retention rates within its diverse team.

Ross Glover has worked at Sedamyl for seven years, spending time as a Shift Operator before becoming a Technical Operator.

He said: “The best thing about working at Sedamyl is being given the opportunity to progress within a company that’s growing so rapidly and to feel like a valued member of the team. It’s rare to be part of an expansion of this size and see all the accomplishments along the way, and I expect the company to continue to grow and succeed year on year, developing the workforce as it does so.”


Elena Frandino, Managing Director at Sedamyl UK and a member of family that has owned the business for 60 years, said: Over the years we have built a solid reputation in Selby and are now a major local employer, and that is all down to our incredible team of dedicated staff. We know how important it is to retain the very best workers and have invested heavily to ensure we offer an attractive package and a positive workplace culture.

“This latest development means we can continue to recruit to support our team and the local economy, whilst maintaining our position as one of the leading UK manufacturers of sweeteners, starches and derivatives.”


Sedamyl has recently been shortlisted in the Emerging Business category at the 2021 Food and Drink Federation Awards in recognition of its growth and investment in the business. For more information about Sedamyl or to apply for a vacancy, visit LinkedIn.

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Sedamyl Supports Staff with COVID Testing

Yorkshire business calls on firms to implement staff testing to support return to the workplace


As businesses in the region plan for their staff returning to the workplace, Yorkshire-based agribusiness Sedamyl is heralding the benefits of implementing a business-wide Test and Trace system in partnership with the NHS.

With firms across the country planning returns to the workplace, Sedamyl, based in Selby, is encouraging other businesses to implement regular COVID-19 virus testing for staff to help reduce the spread of the virus, bringing peace of mind to team members and ensuring business continuity in an uncertain economy.

After being among the first companies in the UK to roll out independent workplace testing for employees as early as November 2020, Sedamyl was able to identify asymptomatic positives early on and prevent the virus spreading on site. The weekly testing allowed the business to ensure the safety of its 90 members of staff and more than 100 contractors, minimising disruption to the organisation and its supply chains.

It also allowed the firm to continue to deliver projects including its recently-announced expansion plans, which will see it double production, create additional jobs, add new product lines, and provide an increased market for wheat grown by local farmers.

Elena Frandino, Managing Director at Sedamyl UK and a member of family that has owned the business for 60 years, said: “We identified at an early stage the importance of providing our team with a safe way of returning to the workplace to ensure staff wellbeing was maintained and production was allowed to continue, meaning there was no halt in service for our clients.

This included investing in weekly testing before tests were available nationally, and ensuring staff were able to isolate if they received a positive test. We have also followed recent Government recommendations and introduced lateral flow testing across the firm to deliver rapid results.”

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(Manuela Pipitone, Lab Manager / Elena Frandino, Managing Director SEDAMYL UK)


“We’d encourage other businesses in the region to follow Government guidance and ensure they have a robust Track and Trace system in place.

As we look towards the next step of the Government roadmap out of lockdown, this will help ensure staff feel supported and comfortable in returning to the workplace and business can continue as usual.”

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Sedamyl provides boost to Yorkshire economy and signals growth ambitions with £80m expansion of Selby plant

Investment will create 75 new jobs and support hundreds more in the supply chain, as well as double production, add new lines and increase business for Yorkshire farmers.


Italian-owned agribusiness Sedamyl has today announced major plans to expand its Yorkshire plant which will see it double production, create additional jobs, 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, a main ingredient in the making of premium spirits and a processing aid in the food industry.  As well as increasing its potable alcohol capacity, once completed over the next two years, the enlarged operation will begin the production of 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 into the plant totals £80m and will double its current capacity – increasing its workforce to around 150 – creating an additional 75 jobs as well as supporting hundreds more among its suppliers.


As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of starches and sweeteners, Sedamyl is integral to the food manufacturing chain; currently producing starches, alcohol, and wheat gluten to serve 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 will be able to 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 over 1,000 local farmers, providing a valuable and sustained revenue stream.  The expansion will further support farmers and boost the local economy in the region.


Elena Frandino, Managing Director at Sedamyl UK and a member of the family that has owned the business for 60 years, said:

“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.

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.”



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Sedamyl new commercial names

In July 2019, we started a new journey. Today, one year later, we are pleased to announce another important step: the new Sedamyl Commercial Brands.

The rebranding concerns our full Starches & Sweeteners and Proteins Portfolio. As part of the rebranding, we put our purpose “naturally reliable” front and centre, using the “Seda” root as the main character to reinforce the link between company name and products.

Here below the new Sedamyl brand range:

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Mario Frandino, CEO of SEDAMYL Group and ETEA, has been nominated Cavaliere del Lavoro

We are proud to share the news that Mario Frandino, CEO of SEDAMYL Group and ETEA, has been nominated Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Mario Frandino

The title of Cavaliere del Lavoro is one of the major entrepreneurship achievements, attributed to businessmen and women who have been recognised for their business results in terms of job creation, ethical and social responsibility, with the aim of improving living and working conditions in Italy.

Mario Frandino is thankful and wishes to share this prestigious achievement with all Sedamyl and Etea teams who contributed significantly with their work in achieving this great result.

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Sedamyl Group participates in the collective effort with the help of its employees

The Covid-19 epidemic is creating dramatic circumstances within our community and asking all of us to behave responsibly and cohesively.

Sedamyl operates within the food production sector (animal feed as well as human consumption) and understands the problems and challenges posed in this unpredictable and unexpected situation. The company is actively participating in the shared effort to stop COVID-19 transmission by guaranteeing production continuity and supporting those who are working on the front lines of the health care emergency.

In order to provide essential products for food, sanitation, pharmaceutical, packaging and feed sectors, within the boundaries of the government regulations, we have put the strictest measures into place within our factories to prevent contagion and protect the health of our employees or anyone who may come into contact with them.

Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of our employees we are able to ensure full operational capabilities, thus providing our contribution to the massive effort that the food sector is making to preserve the integrity of this indispensable production chain.

At the same time, we gratefully support the commitment of our employees and the effort of all those doctors, nurses, health workers, law enforcement, authorities, associations and volunteers who are working tirelessly in a collective effort aimed at safeguarding the common good.

The company wanted to make this video to thank all the employees who, with responsibility and care, are making it possible to guarantee the products, quality and safety that characterize the group’s work even in this difficult moment.

The video was shot always respecting the safety guidelines. The employees filmed directly themselves and their loved ones and this allowed them to experience a moment of fun and creativity: they tested themselves as actors, directors and cameramen, following the instructions that Officina38 gave them through video calls and other digital tools, which allowed us to discover a new way to make videos.

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Sedamyl, the group from Saluzzo becomes 100% Italian again

The Frandino family, now represented by its third generation of entrepreneurs, has become once again the full owner of the shares in Sedamyl held by the French Tereos as a result of a 220 million transaction and will now market the products of its Italian and English facilities


Saluzzo, 7 November 2019 – The Frandino family, using its Italian holding Etea, has acquired from the French cooperative Tereos its 50% stake in Sedamyl Spa, the Italian producer of starch and starch derivatives, gluten and alcohol, of which the Frandino family already held the remaining 50%, thus combining all its activities within a single industrial group.


Sedamyl spa, which was founded in 1949 as a fruit distillery (Seda) in Saluzzo (Cuneo), was acquired in 1961 by the Frandino family, now represented by its third generation of entrepreneurs, which then turned it into a wheat starch plant for the extraction of starch and starch derivatives, sweeteners, gluten and alcohol.


Also Sedamyl’s business in the UK has become 100% Italian again: in fact, the holding Etea has acquired from Tereos its 50% stake in Sedamyl UK, which produces starch, gluten and alcohol in Selby (UK), in which it already had a 50% stake. Therefore, this acquisition, worth almost 220 million euros, gives life to a family-owned and 100% Italian industrial group, leader in the production of starch derivatives.


The products of the Sedamyl Spa and Sedamyl UK Ltd facilities, which were marketed by Tereos until the acquisition, will now be marketed by a business entity of the Frandino family.


The new group has a turnover of about 430 million euros, of which about 300 in the field of starch derivatives and the remaining 130 in complementary fields (engineering, energy from renewable sources, marketing of cereals and oilseeds to third parties).


«The acquisition of the entire share capital of Sedamyl Spa and Sedamyl UK Ltd – said Mario Frandino, CEO of Sedamyl, – represents for our family a fundamental step in the implementation of its growth strategy, fulfilling an industrial experience that started back in the 1960s with the production of alcohol for food. We believe that the family management of our businesses is an asset that makes us stronger than our multinational competitors. This corporate approach has always allowed us to adopt a long-term business vision that is strong, consistent and flexible in meeting market needs»


With this operation, the Frandino family strengthens its position in the field of high-quality alcohol for food, consolidates its geographical diversification and confirms its position as a European operator in the ingredients sector, both in the food and industrial segments, with regard to the production of starch, glucose syrups, dehydrated glucose, vital wheat gluten, modified proteins.



An Italian group that is a leader in Europe in the production of wheat derivatives such as starches, sweeteners, proteins and alcohol for both the food and industrial sectors. Founded in 1949 as a fruit distillery (Seda) in Saluzzo (Cuneo), it was acquired in 1961 by the Frandino family, now represented by its third generation of entrepreneurs, which turned it in 1985 into a wheat starch plant for the extraction of starches and starch derivatives, sweeteners, gluten and alcohol. In 2012 the Group expanded its international presence by opening a facility in Selby, United Kingdom, transforming in total about 800,000 tons of wheat per year. In July 2019 the Frandino family, with the acquisition by Etea of the stake held by the French Tereos, a peer company in the starch sector, combined all its activities within a single industrial group. With a group turnover that exceeds 300 million euros and with more than 300 employees working at its facilities in Saluzzo and Selby, Sedamyl is one of the main suppliers of ingredients for food and alcoholic beverages, paper and corrugated, green chemistry and animal nutrition industries.



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