UAE – Tate & Lyle PLC, a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, has opened its new Technical Application Centre in Dubai to support food innovations in the Middle East and Africa region. 

According to a statement from the company, the US$2 million center is fitted with advanced equipment and an optimised prototyping process to help customers drive their innovation agenda faster.  

Additionally, the center’s highly trained experts will support manufacturers across the region to deliver successful food formulation, from ingredients and recipes to the application and sensory experience. 
The company’s food scientists will also work with food and beverage customers to address the growing demand for solutions that lower sugar, fat, and calories, and add fiber, in consumer products. 

 Tate & Lyle says the opening of the new centre reflects Tate & Lyle’s commitment to the development of the food and beverage industry in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. 
“The launch of our new Technical Application Centre in Dubai marks a milestone in our expansion in the region,” said Dominique Floch, General Manager, Turkey, Middle East and Africa at Tate & Lyle. 

“We will be using cutting edge technology to provide our food and beverage partners with faster service and quicker project turnaround timeframes, which will be instrumental in increasing their speed to market.” 
Tate & Lyle will be running a newly launched initiative by UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, The Middle East Sugar & Calorie Reduction Knowledge Building Programme, from the new Centre. 
Targeting government entities, food regulators, health departments, food and beverage manufacturers and dietary supplement providers, the six-session programme will provide theoretical and practical knowledge for sugar and calorie reduction in food and beverage products. 

Earlier, world leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut Group inaugurated its relocated Chocolate Academy Center in Dubai.  

According to the company, the center, which is now at the foot of the iconic Burj Khalifa, will serve as a creative platform where chefs and artisans can showcase and develop their talent and skills. 

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