Tate & Lyle celebrates 150 year anniversary of Koog, the plant that revolutionised the starch production industry

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In 2017 Tate & Lyle celebrates the 150 year anniversary of its Koog aan de Zaan (“Koog”) production facility in the Netherlands. 

  • Tate & Lyle’s oldest starch production facility;
  • STA-LITE® Polydextrose line at Koog, the first and only of its kind in Europe;
  • Based in one of Europe’s oldest industrial areas, with non-GMO corn supplied by barge.

Koog, Netherlands, Monday 19 June 2017 – This year, Tate & Lyle PLC (“Tate & Lyle”), a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, celebrates the 150 year anniversary of its Koog aan de Zaan (“Koog”) production facility in the Netherlands. 

The Koog facility, which began starch production in 1867, produces speciality food ingredients for customers all over the world, in particular in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. It also produces various starches for the paper and board industries.

Located on the River Zaan, approximately 11km northwest of Amsterdam, the facility receives delivery of non-GMO corn by barge. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and spans an area of 25 acres, the equivalent of almost 19 football fields.

Koog initially processed wheat, but in 1875 the facility was converted to corn processing. In the 1950s hydrocyclones were installed at the facility which allowed for the move from manual to mechanised production. This was fundamental in revolutionising the global starch production industry. 

Koog has been expanded over the years and received numerous investments to establish new product lines. In 2010 Tate & Lyle commissioned a new STA-LITE® Polydextrose line, the first and only of its kind in Europe. STA-LITE® Polydextrose, a soluble fibre, is a premium, low-calorie bulking agent used to provide body and texture in reduced-calorie, no-added-sugar foods or beverages and / or fibre to a broad range of products including cereals, drinking yoghurt/fermented beverages and biscuits. PROMITOR® Soluble Fibre, a transparent premium fiber, has been produced at the facility since 2012 and is used in products such as energy and snack bars.

In 2014 the facility began production of CLARIA® Functional Clean-Label Starches. Then, in 2016 it started production of MULTIVANTAGE® Syrup, a low sugar, low viscosity sweetener that can be used to reduce sugar content while maintaining calorie levels in applications such as breakfast foods. 

Paul Clarijs, Koog aan de Zaan Plant Manager, Tate & Lyle, said:

“The Tate & Lyle team in Koog is very excited to celebrate the facility’s 150th birthday. It is a privilege to work on such an historic site and, through the hard work and skill of our workforce, to make high-quality and nutritious ingredients that are enjoyed by millions of people across the world.”


For more information contact:

Anna Taylor (for media)

Corporate PR Manager

Tate & Lyle PLC

+44 (0)207 257 2209

+44 (0)7766361515

[email protected]


Christopher Marsh (for investor enquiries)

Group VP, Investor Relations 

Tate & Lyle PLC

+44 (0)20 7257 2110

+44 (0)779 619 2688

[email protected]


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About Tate & Lyle: 
Supported by our 160-year history of ingredient innovation, we partner with customers to provide consumers with healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink. We are proud that millions of people around the world consume products containing our ingredients every day.

Through our expertise in sweetening, fortification, and texture, we develop ingredient solutions which reduce sugar, calories, and fat, add fibre and protein, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverages, dairy, bakery, snacks, soups, sauces, and dressings.

We have more than 3,500 employees working in around 57 locations across 39 countries. Science, Solutions, Society is our brand promise and how we will achieve our purpose of Transforming Lives Through the Science of Food. By living our purpose we believe we can successfully grow our business and have a positive impact on society. We live our purpose in three ways, by supporting healthy living, building thriving communities and caring for our planet.

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