Tate & Lyle operates primarily in two industries: corn wet milling and high-intensity sweeteners. Here you’ll find a brief explanation of each industry, with a link to a description of the manufacturing process.
Corn wet milling
Corn wet milling is a large industry in the corn-growing parts of the world. We have a network of corn wet milling plants in the USA and Europe. In the US, we process around 2% of the US annual corn crop.
Our plants take shelled corn (maize), separate the kernels into their core components (starch, oil, protein and fibre), and process them to create a range of products for the food and beverage industry, and paper industries. As a by-product of the corn wet milling process, we also produce feed products for farm animals and pets.
The corn wet milling process
The global high-intensity sweetener (HIS) market in 2014 was worth $1.22 billion. The sweetening power of this volume of HIS is equivalent to approximately 16 million tonnes of sugar. Within the HIS market, Tate & Lyle is the leading supplier in value terms with sucralose holding a 30% share by value and our SPLENDA® Sucralose accounting for the largest portion of this share.
SPLENDA® Sucralose is a high quality sweetener with a sugar-like taste and a sweetening power approximately 600 times that of sugar. It is unmatched in sugar-like sweetness and is highly stable. It can withstand high temperatures during processing and has a long shelf-life.
Tate & Lyle discovered sucralose in conjunction with researchers at Queen Elizabeth College, University London, in 1976. We subsequently developed the product in partnership with McNeil Nutritionals (a Johnson & Johnson company) to create SPLENDA® Sucralose, which was launched in 1992. In 2015, Heartland Food Products Group acquired the SPLENDA® table top brand McNeil Nutritionals.
In terms of value, since its launch, SPLENDA® Sucralose has become the leading no calorie in the world. We produce SPLENDA® Sucralose at our high-tech facilities in McIntosh, Albama and Singapore and sell it to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The consumer market is served by Heartland Food Products Group, which markets and sells SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener table top products via grocery and foodservice outlets.
The sucralose process
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