EUROPE – Food and beverage ingredients provider, Tate & Lyle has completed expansion of its Maltosweet Maltodextrin production line at its facility in Boleraz, Slovakia.

The expansion has seen the company double the facility’s production capacity to enable it meet growing global demand for food-grade Maltosweet Maltodextrin.

The ingredient is a nutritive corn-based speciality sweetener made from non-GMO corn. It is available in powder and granular formats.

Maltosweet Maltodextrin is a nutritive corn-based speciality sweetener made from non-GMO corn and is available in powder and granular formats.

Maltodextrin acts as a binder, viscosity provider, fat replacer and bulking agent. The ingredient is used in a wide range of food and beverages such as infant formula, sports drinks, dairy desserts and sauces.

“We have invested in our facility in Boleraz to ensure our customers, particularly producers of infant and growing-up formula who are key users of maltodextrin, can continue to offer products that meet high-quality standards, in line with growing global demand.

“The market for these products that nourish children and support families is particularly strong in Europe, but is also growing in markets such as the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific,” said Murat Orhon, SVP and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa, food and beverage solutions for Tate & Lyle.

Collaboration on sustainability

Tate & Lyle has also embarked on a project with Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN to improve sustainability on 1.5 million acres of US grown corn.

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN was launched in 2016 by Land O’Lakes, Inc. to provide tools and resources for sustainability throughout the food chain.

The two companies began working together in November 2018 to benchmark stewardship efforts on 300,000 acres of corn in Illinois and Indiana.

The new partnership will leverage on Truterra Insights, a software platform owned by Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, to measure the impact of efforts to protect the environment.

As part of the program, Tate & Lyle will get county-level data on the enrolled acreage and will be able to explain the sustainability measures taken by farmers to its customers. The company wants to increase transparency throughout the food and beverage industry.

“Corn is our main raw material and we are proud to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of U.S. farmers by supporting sustainable agriculture for the equivalent of the entire 1.5 million acres of corn we buy globally each year,” said Nick Hampton, Tate & Lyle CEO.

“Through this unique program, we are demonstrating our purpose of improving lives for generations, helping to protect farmer livelihoods and supporting their work to protect natural resources by encouraging sustainable agriculture best practices.”