Tate & Lyle has doubled the capacity of its Maltosweet Maltodextrin production line at its facility in Boleraz, Slovakia.
The expansion enables the company to 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.
Maltodextrin acts as a binder, viscosity provider, fat replacer and bulking agent. The ingredient is used in a range of food and beverages such as infant formula, sports drinks, dairy desserts and sauces.
Nick Hampton, Tate & Lyle chief executive, joined employees and local dignitaries from Boleraz for a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the expanded capacity.
Murat Orhon, SVP and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa, food and beverage solutions for Tate & Lyle, said: “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.”
In February, Tate & Lyle announced a project to assess the sustainability of the stevia sweetener supply chain. It aims to identify steps to ensure that as the stevia market grows, sustainable growing practices are embedded and socio-economic benefits are maximised.
Last year, the company acquired a 15% stake in US-based Sweet Green Fields and then launched a new line of stevia-based sweeteners in partnership with the business.
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