UK – Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire a 15% equity holding in Sweet Green Fields, one of the largest privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies.

This builds on the agreement entered into by Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields in April 2017 which saw Tate & Lyle become the exclusive global distributor of Sweet Green Fields’ portfolio of stevia-based ingredients.

“We are delighted to build an even closer partnership with Sweet Green Fields.

Their industry-leading portfolio of stevia-based ingredients is highly complementary to our portfolio of proprietary sugar reduction solutions, and the results from the first year of our global distribution partnership have been very encouraging.

We look forward to working together with the Sweet Green Fields team to deliver truly break-through, great tasting stevia products for our customers,” said Nick Hampton, Chief Executive, Tate & Lyle.

Joan Braca, President, Food & Beverage Solutions at Tate & Lyle, also commented that the customers around the world are looking for great tasting, nutritionally balanced, and sustainable food products.

The growing partnership with Sweet Green Fields will, through collaborative innovation and the diversification of their supply chain, help meet those needs and make stevia sweeteners an integral part of their sweetener portfolio.

“Sweet Green Fields continues to grow its business strongly, driven by our leading portfolio of stevia-based ingredients and solutions.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Tate & Lyle, and take our business to the next level of success,” said Jingang (Jack) Shi, Chairman, Sweet Green Fields.