This expansion increases capacity at the facility in Nantong by more than three times from when it was acquired by Tate & Lyle in 2014.
The firm says as part of the expansion, manufacturing and quality processes at the facility have been significantly enhanced.
Tate & Lyle says it has also improved the facility’s packaging capabilities, and implemented advanced environmental management infrastructure and systems “to deliver on its commitment for responsible manufacturing.”
Harry Boot, general manager Asia Pacific, Speciality Food Ingredients at Tate & Lyle, said: “We continue to see strong demand for our soluble fibres, used in food and beverages globally to deliver solutions for sugar reduction and fibre enrichment.
“The three-fold capacity increase at our polydextrose facility in China will help us meet this growing demand, and provide a high quality product to customers in Asia Pacific and other regions of the world.”
Bakery and dairy
STA-LITE Polydextrose is a soluble fibre used by manufacturers to provide fibre enrichment, and body and texture, in reduced sugars and calorie products. It is used in products such as cereals, drinking yoghurts, fermented beverages, biscuits and pastries.
Courtney Kingery, director, Global Product Management, Health & Wellness at Tate & Lyle, added: “Tate & Lyle is the only polydextrose manufacturer with production lines on three continents. Our investment in Nantong significantly enhances our fibre production capabilities, and expands our non-GMO offering.”
In October we reported that Tate & Lyle will also double its production of maltodextrin at its Slovakian factory to meet rising global demand.
The upgrade at the factory located in Boleraz will increase the suppliers manufacturing capacity for food-grade and infant food-grade, non-GMO maltodextrin. It is expected to be complete in 2019.
Maltodextrin, also known as dried glucose syrup, is a starch-derived polysaccharide that is used as a sweetener and bulking agent. It blends well with other sugar-reduction ingredients thanks to its bulking properties.