Tate & Lyle to enter into new joint development agreement with Genomatica to produce Bio-BDO

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DECATUR, IL – Tate & Lyle announced today it has entered into a joint development agreement with San Diego based Genomatica for the demonstration-scale production of Genomatica’s Bio-BDO (1,4-butanediol).

Under the agreement, Tate & Lyle will dedicate a demonstration-scale production facility in Decatur, Illinois, for exclusive use by Genomatica for the scale-up of the Bio-BDO process. This demonstration facility is expected to create 25 local jobs including research, engineering, and frontline technician positions. Engineering of the demonstration facility is already underway and fermentations are expected to begin in the second quarter of this year with full-integrated plant operations in the third quarter.

BDO, an intermediate chemical with a $4 billion market worldwide, is used to make spandex, automotive plastics, running shoes, insulation, and other derivatives. Genomatica’s process produces the same BDO product that is currently made from a variety of petroleum-derived sources, but uses 100% renewable ingredients.

“We are excited to be working with Genomatica to create the first commercialization of its Bio-BDO product,” said Matt Wineinger, President, Bulk Ingredients, Tate & Lyle. “The combination of Genomatica’s technology and successful BDO commercial experience with Tate & Lyle’s fermentation expertise and operational capabilities are an excellent fit”.

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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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