Tate & Lyle’s Decatur plant, the birthplace of the Chicago Bears, helps commemorate their 100th season

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22 July 2019 - At the Chicago Bears’ Return to Decatur weekend, Tate & Lyle employees celebrated with a special birthday cake, incorporating Decatur-made fiber, and an event booth highlighting their unique connection to the team

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Tate & Lyle, a leading supplier of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, helped the Chicago Bears football team to celebrate their 100th season in Decatur, Illinois at the team’s Return to Decatur celebrations last weekend.

Tate & Lyle’s plant in Decatur is where the team was founded. A century ago, then owner Augustus Eugene Staley established an employee football team – the Decatur Staleys, who went on to become the Chicago Bears, one of the original teams in the National Football League (NFL).

As part of the Return to Decatur weekend, which took place on 20 and 21 July, Tate & Lyle gave local Chicago Bears fans the chance to stand in for original Decatur Staleys team players, with a life-size team photo wall.

“The employees of Tate & Lyle in Decatur, IL were very excited and proud to be part of the 100 year celebration of the Bears,” said Jason Doyle, Operations Manager at Tate & Lyle Decatur. “Understanding the rich heritage of our facility brings tremendous pride and excitement to many that have the opportunity to live, work, and play in the same community, particularly our connection to the Chicago Bears.” 

Christine Hood, Tate & Lyle Culinary Technician (pictured), prepared a special birthday cake to mark the occasion, incorporating PROMITOR® Soluble Fiber, which Tate & Lyle produces in Decatur. “As a lifelong Bears fan, I was so excited to get the chance to make a cake to celebrate my team’s 100th birthday,” Christine explained. “I’ve helped many customers lower sugar and calories and provide extra nutrition in their cakes using our fibers, but making a cake for Bears fans with an ingredient made at the plant where the original team worked before they became NFL superstars made this a very special bake for me.”

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Notes to editors

Christine prepared a three-tiered chiffon cake with Italian buttercream icing for the event. She replaced some of the sugar and flour in the batter with PROMITOR® Soluble Fiber, achieving a ‘Good Source of Fiber’ claim (3g per serving). Christine also incorporated DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose, a low calorie rare sugar, into the chocolate mousse filling further reducing the sugar and calorie content, without compromising taste or texture. This special edition cake contains 250 calories per 80g serving, and 37% less added sugar compared to the full sugar equivalent.
 
Globally, 52% of consumers want more fiber in their diets, not only for digestive health, but also for weight management and sugar reduction.  So where would they like to find fiber? Not only in their breakfast cereal, but also in more indulgent treats like cakes, cookies and ice cream – where more than 40% of consumers agree have fiber in these categories would increase their purchase interest. Source: Tate & Lyle’s research Global Fiber Awareness and Usage 2016; Global Ingredient Tracker 2017
 

About Tate & Lyle: 
Tate & Lyle is a global provider of solutions and ingredients for food, beverage and industrial markets.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Food & Beverage Solutions and Primary Products, supported by the Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations teams. Food & Beverage Solutions is focused on growth by building leading positions globally in the categories of beverages, dairy, and soups, sauces and dressings. Primary Products is focused on delivering steady earnings and generating cash.

Food & Beverage Solutions consists of: Texturants, including speciality starches; Sweeteners, including low- and no-calorie sweeteners; and a Health and Wellness portfolio comprising mainly speciality fibres; and Stabilisers and Functional Systems, which are bespoke ingredient blends that ensure foods retain their structure.

Primary Products consists of high-volume sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants).  It also sells co-products from the corn milling process as animal nutrition.

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 2019, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.8 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com