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Tate & Lyle opens new manufacturing and research and development facility in Australia


Tate & Lyle today announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and research and development facility for its Food Systems business for the Asia Pacific region in Wacol, Queensland which will reinforce its position as a leading ingredient supplier to the food industry.

The new $7m (AUD) facility, which was officially opened by the Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development Andrew Fraser, will also serve as Asia-Pacific headquarters for Tate & Lyle’s Food Systems business.

Brian Walker, Regional Sales Director of Tate & Lyle Food Systems, said: “This facility is part of a global network of development centres and will continue to draw on that international knowledge base. Our R&D investment is a real strength of the business and provides the basis of strong customer partnerships.

“The new R&D facility in Queensland is one more example of our commitment to help our customers develop innovative new food products.”

Tate & Lyle Food Systems works closely with manufacturers to develop food products which meet changing consumer needs. Its ingredients enable foods to maintain integrity throughout their shelf life, providing healthier products by reducing the fat content, reducing or replacing sugar, or enhancing the fibre content.

Mr Walker said health, wellness and convenience are the big trends in the food industry, but consumers do not want to compromise on taste. This is where Tate & Lyle’s expertise is valuable, helping customers develop good tasting healthier products.

“Our facility in Queensland incorporates the latest in innovative design and technology in food hygiene and allergen control. Everything has been designed to have minimal impact on the environment with extensive waste management regimes in place and the best in occupational health and safety for our staff,” Mr Walker said.
Notes to Editors:

Tate & Lyle Food Systems is an internationally recognised business which supplies proprietary food stabiliser systems for the food industry in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, South East Asia and the Middle East. Tate & Lyle Food Systems products are found in many leading brands in Australia including yogurts, desserts and prepared salads and readymade meals. Tate & Lyle Food Systems has been a leading employer in South East Queensland for the last 19years and currently employs 35 staff in Australia alone. In 2007 Tate & Lyle acquired 80% of the internationally recognized food stabiliser business, GC Hahn Pty. Ltd.

About Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle is a world-leading renewable food and industrial ingredients company, serving a global market from more than 45 production facilities throughout the Americas, Europe and South East Asia. Our efficient, large-scale manufacturing plants turn agricultural products, corn and cane sugar, into valuable ingredients for our customers. These ingredients add taste, texture, nutrition and increased functionality to products that millions of people around the world use or consume every day.

Tate & Lyle’s range of leading branded food ingredients includes SPLENDA® Sucralose, PROMITOR™ Dietary Fiber, STA-LITE® Polydextrose, Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Sugar and Lyle’s Golden Syrup. Tate & Lyle also produces branded industrial ingredients including Bio-PDO™, Ethylex® and Sta-Lok® paper starches; and staple ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, sugar, ethanol, citric acid and basic starches. In addition to providing a wide range of ingredients our expert sales and product applications teams support customers by providing technical advice and proprietary consumer insight studies.

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 2009, Tate & Lyle employed 5,718 people in its subsidiaries and joint ventures, and sales totalled £3.55 billion.
SPLENDA® is a trademark of McNeil Nutritionals, LLC


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