Tate & Lyle scientists help TungLok chefs to reduce sugar in traditional Nian Gao dessert


At least 25% sugar reduction in dessert range in time for Chinese New Year

Tong Lok cake with Tate & Lyle ingredients

Biopolis, Singapore, 26 February 2018: Tate & Lyle PLC ('Tate & Lyle'), a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, has helped chefs at TungLok, a leading food service group in Asia, to transform the health credentials of their range of Nian Gao desserts. Nian Gao or “year cake” is a popular rice-based dish commonly enjoyed as a centerpiece for family celebrations at Chinese New Year.

Tate & Lyle scientists at its food applications labs in Singapore helped to create a new and improved range of the celebration cakes for TungLok, providing the same great taste with at least 25% less sugar, fewer calories and additional dietary fibre.

The new product range will incorporate one of Tate & Lyle’s latest ingredients to hit the Singapore market – DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose – a low-calorie rare sugar that provides the sensory experience (taste and texture) of sugar without the calories.

TungLok’s Nian Gao is recognised by the Singapore Health Promotion Board for its reduced sugar and added fibre benefits under its Healthier Choice Symbol Programme.

Harry Boot, General Manager at Tate & Lyle Asia Pacific and SVP Speciality Food Ingredients, said:Our food scientists took great care to maintain the sticky and sweet eating experience families have loved for generations while reducing the amount of sugar in TungLok’s traditional Nian Gao dessert by at least 25%. We are proud to have developed a solution that respects the dish’s long heritage and special characteristics, while helping consumers to meet their health goals.”

Mr Andrew Tjioe, President and CEO at TungLok Group, said: "Tate & Lyle has been generous in sharing its knowledge on their products, and in helping us develop a healthier version of one of the most challenging New Year goodies to produce – the Nian Gao. Tate & Lyle’s team is quick and professional, which enabled us to produce excellent R&D results within a short time frame.”

On collaborations with food innovation companies, food and beverage establishments as well as manufacturers, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Singapore's Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Communications and Information, said:

“I believe that by bringing our efforts together across the supply chain – from research, ingredient development to food manufacturing – we will grow the market for healthier products and raise consumer awareness of healthier choices. Herein lies great potential to help transform the palate of consumers in Singapore and beyond, into the region.”


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Tate & Lyle PLC
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About Tate & Lyle:

Tate & Lyle is a global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, with operations in over 30 locations worldwide.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Speciality Food Ingredients and Bulk Ingredients, supported by our Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations groups. The Group's strategy is to become a leading global provider of Specialty Food Ingredients through a disciplined focus on growth, and by driving Bulk Ingredients for sustained cash generation to fuel this growth.

Specialty Food Ingredients consists of three platforms: Texturants, which includes specialty starches and stabilisers; Sweeteners, which comprises nutritive sweeteners and our range of no-calorie sweeteners including SPLENDA® Sucralose; and our Health and Wellness portfolio which includes specialty fibres and our salt-reduction offering. Additionally, our Food Systems business provides a wide variety of blended ingredient solutions.

Tate & Lyle Bulk Ingredients includes bulk sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants). Corn co-products from both divisions are primarily sold as animal feed.

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 2017, Tate & Lyle sales totaled £2.8 billion. For more information, please visithttp://www.tateandlyle.com

SPLENDA® is a trademark of Heartland Consumer Products LLC.


About TungLok Group:

Established in 1984, TungLok Group is Singapore’s leading restaurant chain offering a distinct and multi-sensory dining experience at more than 30 restaurants in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Tokyo, Jakarta, Medan and Vietnam. Its restaurants, renowned as much for its quality and variety, as its designer-ambience and distinctive character, offer the best of Cantonese, Northern Chinese, Vegetarian and Seafood specialties, as well as trendsetting Modern Chinese cuisine, creatively and skillfully prepared by talented master chefs. Each restaurant bears TungLok’s hallmark values of quality cuisine, excellent service and unique dining concepts - a trinity that has led the Group to win numerous accolades from the F&B industry.