Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, toured Tate & Lyle’s SPLENDA® Sucralose facility yesterday to commemorate the site’s official opening. The facility, which was mechanically complete in January 2007, will now begin the process of ramping-up to full capacity. This process is expected to take 12 – 18 months.
Iain Ferguson, Chief Executive said, “Today’s opening marks the culmination of a S$300m (£100m) project, which is Tate & Lyle’s largest ever investment in Asia. We are honoured that Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, is here to commemorate this important development in Tate & Lyle’s value added ingredient strategy.”
The official ceremony included a plaque unveiling and plant tour. Guests included government officials, the British High Commissioner and members of his team, the Singapore Economic Development Board, key customers, suppliers, distributors, and contractors.
SPLENDA® Sucralose (a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar) was invented by Tate & Lyle in 1976. Since gaining regulatory approval, this ground-breaking food ingredient has enjoyed success all over the world. It is currently in over 4,000 products worldwide. Tate & Lyle also operates a SPLENDA® Sucralose facility in Alabama, USA.