Tate & Lyle helps Middle Eastern food and beverage brands to reduce sugar and calories to help address rising rates of obesity and diabetes

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At a seminar for food and beverage manufacturers in Dubai, Tate & Lyle will explain how recipe innovation is delivering healthier products that still taste great.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tuesday 29 January 2019: Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food and beverage

solutions and ingredients, is hosting customers from across the Middle East at a nutrition seminar at which the Company’s technical, nutrition and marketing experts will explain how manufacturers can adapt their products to support healthier consumer diets.

Technical, marketing, and business development representatives from multinational and regional food and beverage businesses will come together in Dubai this week to learn how to reduce sugar and calories in their products. Public health officials will also attend the event to learn about the ingredients and solutions that producers in the region can use to help tackle obesity.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE are among nine Middle Eastern countries with some of the world’s highest levels of adult obesity, with between 27% and 40% of the population affected1. Although there is no simple solution, experts agree that tackling obesity means addressing excess calorie intakes. Increasing the availability of low calorie foods and beverages can help people to take in fewer calories over the course of their day when consumed as part of a balanced diet.

Dominique Floch, Technical Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Tate & Lyle, said: 

“Today’s food industry has a greater sense of urgency around sugar and calorie reduction, as obesity levels continue to rise at a worrying pace, and health authorities turn to taxes, new on-pack labelling schemes, and other levers to try and halt its progression. At Tate & Lyle we are passionate about contributing to healthier and tastier food and beverages choices. Sugar does so much more than just adding taste in a recipe - it can add texture, bulk, colour and shelf life - and by using the right blend of ingredients, brands can replace these functions to offer products with fewer calories that will still satisfy a sweet tooth. Using a blend of our soluble fibres and low calorie sweeteners, we recently helped a major juice brand lower sugar by 55%.”

Dr Ieva Laurie, Principal Scientist, Europe Middle East and Africa, Tate & Lyle, said:

“Obesity is complex and when it comes to finding solutions to tackle it, there is no simple solution. We need a whole societal approach that includes individuals and parents, Governments, health professionals, the food industry, and ingredient producers such as Tate & Lyle. Our purpose is to improve lives for generations by providing ingredients and solutions that allow people to make healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink, and to lead a more balanced lifestyle. Food and beverage businesses have the necessary tools to step up and help tackle obesity and diabetes, and, with other partners, to deliver a much needed step-change in diets and lifestyles.”


1. Source: WHO Global Health Observatory 2018

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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 2019, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.8 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on Twitter or Linkedin.