Tate & Lyle’s Dubai innovation centre set to drive efforts to cut sugar and calories in the region

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Tate & Lyle's state-of-the-art Technical Application Centre in Dubai. Pic: Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle's state-of-the-art Technical Application Centre in Dubai. Pic: Tate & Lyle

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The global ingredients specialist has opened a $2m Technical Application Centre in Dubai, designed to help local producers in the bakery, dairy, beverage, sauce and dressing categories to develop formulations that address growing consumers demand in the region.

Tate & Lyle’s food scientists will work hand-in-hand with customers to investigate ingredients and recipes that will help cut the sugar, fat and calorie content in their products. They can also help with adding benefits like fibre and nutrients without affecting the sensory experience.

The centre also boasts advanced equipment and an optimised prototyping process designed to drive and speed up time to market.

“The launch of our new Technical Application Centre in Dubai marks a milestone in our expansion in the region,”​ said Dominique Floch, GM, Turkey, Middle East and Africa at Tate & Lyle.

“We will be using cutting edge technology to provide our food and beverage partners with faster service and quicker project turnaround timeframes, which will be instrumental in increasing their speed to market.”

Knowledge building programme

Tate & Lyle – which has a 160-year history of ingredient innovation – will be running The Middle East Sugar & Calorie Reduction Knowledge Building Programme from the new centre.

The initiative was launched by the UAE Food & Beverage manufacturers group and comprises six theoretical and practical programmes designed for government entities, food regulators, health departments, manufacturers and dietary supplement providers.

Added Nick Hampton, Tate & Lyle CEO: “Tate & Lyle’s purpose is 'Improving Lives for Generations' and that’s why we are committed to providing a platform for food and beverage companies to meet consumer demand for great-tasting products which support a balanced diet and lifestyle, supported by decades of scientific research and innovation.”

The Dubai centre is the latest in the company’s extensive network that covers 50 locations across 30 countries to help the food industry with its expertise in sweetening, mouthfeel and fibre fortification. The LSE-listed company posted revenues of £2.8n in the year to 31 March 2021.

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