Commercial partners and suppliers
Good, long-term relationships with our partners and suppliers are essential at Tate & Lyle.
We have a consistent, Group-wide approach to these relationships, based on our Code of Conduct, which covers purchasing strategies at global, regional and local levels. Supply-chain ethics are very important to us, and we are committed to sharing best practice and improving standards amongst suppliers.
Growers and producers of corn are our biggest suppliers, and we have developed long-standing and mutually beneficial relationships with them over many years. We apply rigorous standards to our raw materials suppliers, and survey many of them on their ethical commitment. We work closely with them to ensure compliance with our needs, implementing traceability and ensuring that our customers’ requirements are fully met.
Running our large corn wet milling plants efficiently 24 hours a day relies on good management of the corn supply chain. Our corn purchasing teams are responsible for a consistent supply of corn to our plants.
Our Americas corn operations purchase around 2% of the total US corn crop each year, from hundreds of growers who meet the farming and soil conservation standards we expect from our suppliers. Through our network of grain elevators (silos), we purchase grain directly from farmer producers, some of which have been family businesses for over 100 years. We also get millions of bushels from farmer-owned co-operatives and family-owned grain companies, which purchase corn from their local farmer suppliers before selling to Tate & Lyle.
Our European procurement team secures the supply of non-GM corn to our European plants. The team purchases directly from farmers, farmer-owned co-operatives and other commercial partners, all of whom meet our highest quality standard.