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Asia Pacific: Tate & Lyle acquires Chinese polydextrose dietary fibre manufacturing facility

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Tate & Lyle has opened its new polydextrose dietary fiber manufacturing facility in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China.

On 13 March 2014, Tate & Lyle announced it had signed an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Winway Biotechnology Nantong Co. Ltd, a producer of polydextrose fiber, subject to governmental approval.

This transaction was completed on 1 August 2014.

Tate & Lyle will be investing in the Nantong facility over the next two years to expand capacity and enhance its speciality fiber product offering.

Nantong becomes Tate & Lyle’s third polydextrose facility globally, in addition to existing lines in the Netherlands and the US.

Polydextrose is a premium, low calorie bulking agent and dietary fiber.

It plays a key role in replacing the technical functionality of sugar, providing bulk, body, texture and mouthfeel in reduced calorie, no-added-sugar and/or high fiber foods.

A soluble dietary fiber with prebiotic properties, polydextrose helps support gastrointestinal health, is very well tolerated, has a low glycemic/blood glucose response, and is clean tasting and easy to use.