Global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, Tate & Lyle, has opened its new Technical Application Centre in Dubai.

At the new $2 million state-of-the-art centre, Tate & Lyle’s food scientist will work with food and beverage customers to address growing demand for solutions that lower sugar, fat and calories, and add fibre in consumer products.

Tate & Lyle’s experts will also support manufacturers across the region to deliver successful food formulation, from ingredients and recipes to the application and sensory experience.

The centre boasts advanced equipment and an optimised prototyping process to help customers drive their innovation agenda faster.

Dominique Floch, General Manager, Turkey, Middle East and Africa at Tate & Lyle, said: “The launch of our new Technical Application Centre in Dubai marks a milestone in our expansion in the region. 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.