Tate & Lyle encourages dialogue on fibre at customer seminar

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Tate & Lyle customers from across Europe came together at a recent nutrition science seminar to learn how to enrich their products, and reduce sugar and calories.

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LONDON Tuesday 24 July 2018: Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, recently hosted customers from across Europe at a
nutrition science seminar where Company scientists explained the important role fibre plays in a healthy diet.

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Technical, R&D, and business development representatives from multinational and regional food and beverage businesses came together in London over two days to learn how to enrich their products, and reduce sugar and calories. 

Tate & Lyle’s scientists and regulatory specialists explained how manufacturers can overcome formulation challenges and take winning products increasingly sought out by consumers to market. Attendees sampled prototypes enriched with Tate & Lyle fibres such as a blueberry smoothie with PromOat® Beta Glucan and reduced sugar products such as a yoghurt using PROMITOR® Soluble Fibres and TASTEVA® Stevia Sweetener.

Dr Kavita Karnik, Director of Global Nutrition at Tate & Lyle, said: 

“We need to talk about fibre; intakes in the UK are worryingly low which is a major own goal for public health. With its association with digestive regularity, fibre may have an 'uncool' reputation, but experts agree that it is one of the most beneficial nutrients that people can add to their diet. 

“As well as supporting digestive regularity, fibres offer a host of health benefits, helping to reduce cholesterol, improve blood glucose response, and enhance calcium absorption. High fibre diets are also associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes.

“The global sugar reduction drive has undoubtedly accelerated reformulation, with manufacturers turning to fibre to replace bulk in sugar-reduced recipes. However, awareness in the industry of fibre’s health benefits, while growing, remains relatively low.  More dialogue can really help to address this “fibre gap” in the national diet.”

A buyer at a multinational branded food manufacturer who attended the event commented:

“We talk generally about fibre being a ‘good’ nutrient, but now I am clearer on the reasons why they’re beneficial and the studies showing this, which is really helpful. The explanation around the nutrition makes more sense now.”

A development technologist at a multinational own-label fresh prepared food manufacturer added:

“Fibre has never been a major part of our consumer research thinking. We hadn’t realised that consumers think about fibre in their diet to the extent that Tate & Lyle’s market research shows. Hopefully we can use the information from this event to trial Tate & Lyle’s fibres in our products and show our retailer customers how they can help them achieve their nutrition goals.”

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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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