22 March 2007 - Tate & Lyle announced today a £3m (€4m) investment to establish a Wellness & Nutrition Centre in Lille, France. The centre, due to open in September 2007, will include laboratories and pilot plant facilities for customers. It will focus on developing new ingredients in the field of wellness and nutrition, catering for beverage, dairy, bakery, and convenience food.
The Wellness & Nutrition Centre will lead the development of Tate & Lyle’s European fibre platform, which supports the ENRICH™ service launched in early 2007. ENRICH™ enables food and beverage manufacturers to create products that are packed with additional nutrients but taste as good as regular brands. The centre will also specialise in application and development work for SPLENDA® Sucralose, hydrocolloids, carbohydrates, proteins and CORETM ingredient solutions.
Olivier Rigaud, Vice President Food Ingredients said, ”Establishing a Wellness & Nutrition Centre is a major advance in our European value added strategy. Our aim is to work closely with our FMCG 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. I would like to thank NFX (Nord France eXperts), the APIM (l’Agence pour la Promotion Internationale de Lille Métropole) and Eurasanté in Lille for all the support they have given Tate & Lyle.”
The new centre will be part of Tate & Lyle’s Global Food Ingredients Group. This was established in 2005, to focus on global food ingredients marketing and maximising growth opportunities for 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. This cluster includes many internationally renowned teams involved in research on cardiovascular health, obesity, immunity and nutrition.
• CORE™ includes the four customer services CREATE™, OPTIMIZE™, REBALANCE™and ENRICH™.
• Tate & Lyle’s ENRICH™ service is focused on three main areas - Digestive Health and Immunity, Obesity and Weight Management and Children’s Health.