Supporting the UAE to fight diabetes and obesity


In 2022, working with the UAE’s Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and the UAE’s Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, we developed the Middle East’s first Sugar and Calorie Reduction Knowledge Building Programme.

Supporting the UAE to fight diabetes and obesity

The six-week programme, which focused on supporting food and beverage manufacturers in the Middle East to reduce the sugar and calories in their products, was held at our recently opened state-of-the art Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre in Dubai.

Attendees included customers, university representatives and government officials including from the Dubai Municipality, Saudi Food and Drug Authority and the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority.

Saleh Lootah, Chairman, UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group said: "This programme will help UAE food manufacturing companies get a faster route to market and maintain global standards. Tate & Lyle’s state-of-art R&D facilities are key to strengthening the sector in the region and crucial for investing in UAE national talent."

Areas covered in the programme for sugar and calorie reduction included: 

  • Reformulation
  • How to make indulgent products healthier
  • The importance of taste
  • Overcoming cost challenges
  • Nutritional data and regulatory challenges

Discover more ways we're supporting healthy living and Transforming Lives through the Science of Food in our purpose report 2022

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