Tate & Lyle launches tailor made cocoa replacement solution with CARCAO™

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Lille, France (22 August 2011) – Tate & Lyle, the global ingredients and food solutions provider, announces the launch of a unique tailor made cocoa replacement solution using a high quality carob powder ingredient, CARCAO™. This solution allows food manufacturers to make significant cost savings in the total recipe cost.

With its familiar cocoa-like flavour and colouring, CARCAO™ can be used as a partial cocoa replacement in dairy, bakery and ice cream applications. Working to individual manufacturer briefs, Tate & Lyle can develop bespoke products according to the manufacturer’s desired colour or flavour.

For instance, by adjusting the temperature and roasting conditions during the production of carob powder, Tate & Lyle’s specialists are able to produce a series of different CARCAO™ products, ranging from light brown and sweet tasting to dark brown with a strong unsweetened taste. Tate & Lyle’s technologists work hand in hand with manufacturers to develop customised recipes and achieve the desired results.

Tate & Lyle has developed case studies to demonstrate the cost benefits of using CARCAO™ to manufacturers, including a Chocolate Mousse, a Chocolate tasting Muffin, a Cocoa Drink, a Chocolate Ice Cream and a Cocoa Filling. Those great tasting recipes have similar properties and quality as the full-cocoa alternative and deliver significant cost reductions on the total recipe cost.

Kerstin Werner, Head of Business Development, Tate & Lyle Food Systems, said:
"In light of volatile cocoa pricing and supply issues, many food manufacturers are looking for solutions which reduce the cocoa content of their products as a means of controlling recipe costs. We offer a complete and tailor made approach by producing bespoke CARCAO™ products and helping with the formulation of the recipe, ensuring that their products adopt a similar cocoa taste profile and look."

About CARCAO™ CARCAO™ is the brand name of high quality carob powder, which is produced by Tate & Lyle in Noto (Sicily, Italy). CARCAO™ is a fine powder with a naturally sweet taste made from carob tree pods. The carob pods contain sweet pulp and seeds. The seeds are separated from the pulp to make locust bean gum and the pulp is dried, roasted and ground into a powder.

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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.

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 2023, Tate & Lyle revenue from continuing operations totalled £1.75 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on TwitterLinkedinFacebook or YouTube