Focus: Tate and Lyle unveils new digital nutrition centre hub for sector businesses
As companies place a greater emphasis on digital services, food ingredients and solutions business Tate & Lyle, unveils its Nutrition Centre, a new online hub providing access to authoritative science for the sector that can help address public health challenges, as the business explains
The Tate & Lyle Nutrition Centre aims to increase awareness of evidence-based science for ingredients including low- and no- calorie sweeteners and dietary fibres, and their role in a healthy, balanced diet- which Confectionery Production has reported on in terms of a number of products being developed in recent years for the candy and snacks category.
Accessible via www.tateandlyle.com/nutrition-centre, the hub houses expert insights, research and educational tools for food and beverage companies, scientists and health professionals.
Visitors to the Tate & Lyle Nutrition Centre can access:
Pre-clinical and clinical research conducted or supported by Tate & Lyle scientists, often carried out with leading universities across the globe, providing key scientific evidence about the company’s ingredients and their impact on gut health, blood glucose management, metabolism, gut microbiome, weight management, bone health, and overall health.
White papers, articles and events on a range of nutrition topics such as glycemic response and synbiotics, the science around how ingredients relate to health, and diet trends such as sports nutrition, and keto and low-carb diets.
External research, nutrition guidelines, and advice, initiatives and developments published by global authorities in the area of nutrition and health such as the World Health Organisation.
The Nutrition Centre was developed by Tate & Lyle’s Global Nutrition Team which drives the Company’s science research programme and supports food and beverage companies from its bases in the UK, US, Brazil and Singapore.
Development of the company’s new digital hub comes in the wake of its latest trading statement that revealed the business has produced resilient results despite the ongoing pandemic. As the firm noted, Food & Beverage Solutions revenue increased by 8% benefitting from higher volume, good price and mix management and continued growth from New Products.
North America delivered double-digit revenue growth reflecting good commercial performance, strong demand for products consumed in-home and improving demand for out-of-home consumption. Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America delivered high single-digit revenue growth helped by strong growth in Asia Pacific, especially in China, and good mix and pricing in Latin America, mainly in Brazil. In Europe, revenue was marginally higher than the comparative period reflecting solid demand for in-home consumption.
One of its key sugar replacement lines, Sucralose endured more challenging conditions, with revenue was 3% lower reflecting customer mix and pricing pressure. Volume was slightly higher due to the phasing of customer orders into the quarter. Demand continues to be impacted by lower consumption of products out-of-home, particularly beverages. However, primary products volume increased by 4%, with sweetener volume higher than the comparative period benefitting from strong operational delivery, firmer demand and the phasing of some customer orders.
Speaking on the development of its new digital hub, Dr Kavita Karnik, Global Head, Nutrition & Regulatory Affairs at Tate & Lyle, said: “With global obesity and diabetes rates rising, there is a great deal of interest from industry, governments, and the health and science communities in food and beverage ingredients with proven health benefits, such as weight management and gut health. Scientific knowledge around ingredients continues to grow, with exciting emerging research pointing to additional health benefits, such as the role some fibres can play supporting immune system function and metabolic health.
“With our new digital Nutrition Centre, we have made it easier for our customers and the wider industry, as well as peers in the nutrition and science world, to access high-quality research content that informs product development, adds to the evidence-base, and supports healthy living.”