Tate & Lyle expands portfolio of tapioca-based thickening and gelling starches

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CHICAGO (US), 25 January 2021 - Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, is pleased to announce the expansion of its line of tapioca-based starches.

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The expansion includes the launch of new REZISTA® MAX thickening starches and BRIOGEL® gelling starches. These innovative tapioca starches will help food manufacturers deliver superior products thanks to their improved process tolerance, mouthfeel, fluidity and texture. The starches are suitable for use across dairy, soups, sauces and dressings, confectionery and more.

“Tapioca starch provides some unique formulation benefits such as a translucent colour and a soft gel-like texture that is especially appealing in certain applications such as dairy desserts, certain sauces, confectionery and processed cheese”, said Dr Mariana Perez-Herrera, Tate & Lyle research scientist.

In addition to providing the desirable neutral colour and flavour of a tapioca starch, the REZISTA® MAX thickening starches were developed to provide utmost texture and stability, even under extreme processing conditions, properties important to applications in dairy, puddings, fillings, soups, sauces and dressings.

The new BRIOGEL® gelling starches create a soft gel and come in a range of strengths that are suitable for applications such as processed cheese. The fluidity of BRIOGEL® starches also triggers gelling after cooling which makes them optimal for use in confections such as gummy candies, jams, jellies and other applications.

“Tapioca starch is growing in popularity due to its unique texture profile, non-GMO credentials and the fact that it offers an alternative labelling option to corn starch”, said Sebastian Lemke, Director and Global Product Manager for tapioca at Tate & Lyle. “In fact, new products formulated with tapioca starch have been the fastest growing in the food industry over the last five years 1. We are seeing this trend play out as customers request more tapioca-based starches.”

This expansion of Tate & Lyle’s tapioca-based texturant range follows its agreement to acquire a well-established tapioca business in Thailand, Chaodee Modified Starch Co., Ltd., announced in October 2020. This investment extends Tate & Lyle’s presence in speciality tapioca-based texturants and establishes a dedicated production facility in the main tapioca region of eastern Thailand.

Tate & Lyle, a leader in speciality starches, has a comprehensive portfolio of over 250 corn, tapioca and potato products, offering a range of functionalities such as thickening, film-forming, gelling and emulsifying.

1 5YCAGR 2014-2019, Mintel Global New Product Database


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About Tate & Lyle: 
Tate & Lyle PLC is a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions. Supported by our 160-year history of ingredient innovation, we partner with customers to provide consumers with healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink. We are proud that millions of people around the world consume products containing our ingredients every day.

Through our expertise in sweetening, mouthfeel and fibre fortification, our Food & Beverage Solutions business develops solutions which reduce sugar, calories and fat, add fibre, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverages, dairy, bakery, soups, sauces and dressings. Our Primary Products business produces nutritive sweeteners, industrial starches used in paper and packaging, acidulants and products used for animal nutrition.

We have around 4,500 employees working in more than 60 locations across 30 countries. Tate & Lyle’s purpose is Improving Lives for Generations and through our purpose we believe we can successfully grow our business and have a positive impact on society. We live our purpose in three ways, by supporting healthy living, building thriving communities and caring for our planet.

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 2020, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.9 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on TwitterLinkedin or Facebook.