Tate & Lyle opens food innovation centre in Chicago

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UK-headquartered food ingredients firm Tate & Lyle has opened its new Commercial and Food Innovation Centre in Chicago, Illinois, US.

The new 110,000ft² centre has been designed to develop new food and beverage products that meet the increasing consumer demand for health, convenience, value and taste, the company said. It will also help accelerate the process of introducing new products to the market.

Tate & Lyle Speciality Food Ingredients president Olivier Rigaud said the new centre shows the company’s commitment to developing distinctive speciality food ingredients for its global customer base.

“The centre’s state-of-the-art facilities together with our highly skilled and experienced teams of scientists, marketers and product managers, provide a unique combination to help meet our customers’ functional, formulation and nutritional needs, and to accelerate the process of bringing new products to market,” Rigaud added.

The innovation centre features food science research and processing laboratories, applications and technical services laboratories, a culinary demonstration kitchen, a complete suite of consumer insight and sensory testing facilities, pilot plant and prototype manufacturing facilities, and global communications capabilities.

According to Tate & Lyle, the new centre will be the base for its global network of research, food application and technical support laboratories.

It will also act as the global headquarters of the company’s innovation and commercial development unit and as the North American headquarters of its speciality food ingredients division.

Tate & Lyle, which offers ingredients and solutions to food, beverage and other industries, has two global business units, Speciality Food Ingredients and Bulk Ingredients, which are both supported by the innovation and commercial development division.

Source: Food Processing Technology