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.”
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  • * 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 PLC is a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions. 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, mouthfeel and fibre fortification, our Food & Beverage Solutions business develops solutions which reduce sugar, calories and fat, add fibre, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverages, dairy, bakery, soups, sauces and dressings. Our Primary Products business produces nutritive sweeteners, industrial starches used in paper and packaging, acidulants and products used for animal nutrition.

We have around 4,400 employees working in more than 60 locations across 30 countries. Tate & Lyle’s purpose is Improving Lives for Generations and through 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.

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 2021, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.8 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on TwitterLinkedin or Facebook.

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