Tate & Lyle celebrates 40 years of sucralose, and removing 77 trillion calories from consumers’ diets globally

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SPLENDA® Sucralose, the ingredient brand name for Tate & Lyle’s sucralose, is a no-calorie, high quality sweetener which is approximately 600 times sweeter than sugar.

London, UK, 19 December 2016 – Tate & Lyle PLC (“Tate & Lyle”), a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, is delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of sucralose in 1976.  It is also 16 years since Tate & Lyle’s sucralose production facility in McIntosh, Alabama, US, the world’s first commercial-scale sucralose production facility, began production in December 2000.
Joan Braca, President, Speciality Food Ingredients, Tate & Lyle said:
“SPLENDA® Sucralose has reshaped the sweetener landscape and has, through our customers’ products, helped create a wider range than ever before of great-tasting low-calorie foods and beverages for consumers. The success of SPLENDA® Sucralose is testimony to Tate & Lyle’s commitment to innovation, quality and customer service over many years”.
Braca added: “Since its discovery 40 years ago, the amount of SPLENDA® Sucralose produced by Tate & Lyle has been enough to replace over 19 million tonnes of sugar in the human diet.  That is the equivalent of removing 77 trillion calories from consumers’ diets globally.”
SPLENDA® Sucralose, the ingredient brand name for Tate & Lyle’s sucralose, is a no-calorie, high quality sweetener which is approximately 600 times sweeter than sugar. Through its unique combination of a great sugar-like taste and process and shelf stability, SPLENDA® Sucralose has created new opportunities for food manufacturers by increasing the variety, and improving the taste, of many healthy lifestyle foods.  Due to its versatility, SPLENDA® Sucralose has been particularly successful in products such as ice cream, sports drinks, beverages, confectionery and pharmaceutical products. The tabletop product, SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener*, also allowed consumers, for the first time, to cook and bake with sucralose in the home, changing the world of sugar replacement with a real great tasting alternative to sugar.
James Blunt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sucralose, Tate & Lyle said:
“SPLENDA® Sucralose from Tate & Lyle delivers a host of benefits to food and beverage manufacturers unrivalled by any other ingredient or supplier. These include guaranteed product quality and traceability, available to customers direct anywhere in the world. Through our unique combination of decades of formulation expertise with sucralose, our wide portfolio of products and our global network of applications labs, we are able to provide our customers with a range of sweetening solutions that meet consumers’ increasing desire for great tasting, healthy and affordable foods, and help them to be first, and best, to market.”
George Parten, Plant Manager, McIntosh, Tate & Lyle, added:
“We have 16 years of experience making SPLENDA® Sucralose at our McIntosh facility and our unique proprietary process is the most modern, advanced sucralose process in the world.  Our leading-edge technology provides reliable manufacturing operations, comprehensive quality assurance through every step of the process, and the highest level of environmental stewardship.”
Watch the video “We are Sucralose” by clicking here.
  • * SPLENDA® is a trademark of Heartland Consumer Products LLC who are responsible for the manufacture, sales and marketing of SPLENDA® Brand tabletop products available in retail and food service outlets throughout the world.
  • Sucralose was the most used High Intensity Sweetener ingredient in 2015 with close to 10,000 new launches (Source: Innova Market Insights).
  • SPLENDA® Sucralose is a technically superior no-calorie sweetener.  In addition to its sugar-like taste, it is both process and shelf stable. It retains its sweetness during food manufacturing processes and throughout the shelf life of a food or beverage.
  • In 1998, SPLENDA® Sucralose received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in a broad range of food and beverage categories.
  • SPLENDA® Sucralose is approved for use in over 80 countries across the world and is sold throughout North and South America, Europe, Australasia and the Far East.
  • SPLENDA® Sucralose is just one component of Tate & Lyle’s value-added ingredient portfolio.  Just 1g of sucralose can replace 600g of sugar in a product – but Tate & Lyle’s other unique ingredients play a vital role in helping a food manufacturer replace the remaining 599g so as to maintain the taste, texture and nutritional profile of a food or beverage.
  • Today, thousands of products world-wide are sweetened with sucralose.
  • For more information about SPLENDA® Sucralose, visit www.sucralose.com


For more information contact:

Christopher Marsh
Group VP, Investor and Media Relations 
Tate & Lyle PLC
+44 (0)20 7257 2110
+44 (0)779 619 2688
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Miriam Wilkens
VP, Communications 
Tate & Lyle PLC
+44 (0)207 257 2144
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About Tate & Lyle: 
Tate & Lyle is a global provider of solutions and ingredients for food, beverage and industrial markets.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Food & Beverage Solutions and Primary Products, supported by the Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations teams. Food & Beverage Solutions is focused on growth by building leading positions globally in the categories of beverages, dairy, and soups, sauces and dressings. Primary Products is focused on delivering steady earnings and generating cash.

Food & Beverage Solutions consists of: Texturants, including speciality starches; Sweeteners, including low- and no-calorie sweeteners; and a Health and Wellness portfolio comprising mainly speciality fibres; and Stabilisers and Functional Systems, which are bespoke ingredient blends that ensure foods retain their structure.

Primary Products consists of high-volume sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants).  It also sells co-products from the corn milling process as animal nutrition.

Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2020, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.9 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on Twitter or Linkedin.

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