Tate & Lyle highlights French appetite for ingredient information

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Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global food and beverage ingredients and solutions provider, has found that while consumers in France value both ingredient and nutrition labels, they prioritise ingredient labels.

September 2018, Lille, France: Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global food and beverage ingredients and solutions provider, has found that while consumers in France value both ingredient and nutrition labels, they prioritise ingredient labels.
To coincide with the 10-year anniversary of its innovation centre in Lille, France, where its scientists work to make food and drink healthier and tastier, Tate & Lyle has published consumer insights revealing attitudes to ingredients and nutrients.1

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Key findings:
•    A clear majority (69%) of adults in France surveyed by Tate & Lyle read ingredient labels while just over half (57%) read nutritional labels.
•    Awareness levels vary across different ingredient categories. For example, consumers in France are more likely to recognise sweeteners on a label than they are fibres.
•    Consumers seeking ingredient information respond more positively to plant-based options and those associated with whole foods. They are keen to buy products containing ingredients from nature, such as the sweetener stevia, when they are aware of the ingredient. 

James Blunt, Senior Vice President and International General Manager, Stevia at Tate & Lyle, said: 

“Food and drink are at the heart of France’s national identity and these figures show that a clear majority of shoppers value information which help them understand what they are eating. Demand for plant-based ingredients is growing, as consumers seek more foods and beverages derived from fruits, vegetables, grains and other legumes. 

“With the continued focus on sugar’s role in the national diet, other nutrients such as dietary fibre haven’t had their share of the limelight, despite playing a key role in a healthy, balanced diet, and replacing sugar in some recipes. By talking more about the range of fibres available on the market, which offer many health benefits2, food manufacturers and nutrition professionals can help build public awareness of these ingredients and boost fibre intakes, which are currently below recommended levels. 
“Over the past decade, Tate & Lyle’s food scientists in Lille have helped provide solutions for food brands across France to adapt their product recipes to lower sugar, calories and fat, and add fibre and protein, and demand for our solutions continues to grow.”


1. Figures from online survey of 1,000 adults in France conducted September to October 2017.

2. Health benefits of dietary fibres include digestive health, keeping blood glucose levels healthy, weight management, cholesterol reduction and possibly even bone health. 

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Read the French translation of this press release here.

Media contact:
Anna Taylor
Corporate PR Manager
0207 257 2209 / [email protected]

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