UK-based ingredients giant Tate & Lyle has launched a $5.9 million Wellness & Nutrition Centre in Lille, France, that will focus on developing new functional ingredients in beverages, dairy, bakery, and convenience food. The Centre will house laboratories and pilot plant facilities for customers and is due to open in September 2007.
"Establishing a Wellness & Nutrition Centre is a major advance in our European value-added strategy," Olivier Rigaud, vice president of Tate & Lyle Food Ingredients. "Our aim is to work closely with our customers' development and marketing teams to create great tasting nutritious products. The structure of the centre will enable us to respond rapidly to their need for new and innovative concepts."
The Centre will be part of Tate & Lyle's Global Food Ingredients Group which was established in 2005 to focus on global food ingredients marketing and develop Tate & Lyle's value-added ingredient portfolio.
Lille is a key European centre for functional foods and ingredients and is home to the French Nutrition, Health and Longevity Cluster which includes many internationally renowned teams involved in research on cardiovascular health, obesity, immunity and nutrition.