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: 
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 2018, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.7 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com