Tate & Lyle collaborates with UAE to support sugar and calorie reduction

Last week, the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and industry body UAE Food and Beverage Manufacturers joined Tate & Lyle at its new US$2m Customer Innovation and Collaboration Center in Dubai to promote efforts to reduce the level of sugar and calories consumers in the region are exposed to.

“The Ministry is committed to implementing the directives of the UAE’s leadership to reduce diabetes and obesity rates by addressing the volume of sugar and calories in food products.”​ Her Excellency Farah Al Zarooni, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Standards and Regulations at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), explained. “In partnership with the UAE F&B Manufacturers Business Group and through the support of Tate & Lyle, we have created a platform to raise awareness of the opportunities for F&B manufacturers to produce healthier products and provide the necessary expertise and direction to make this a reality. ”

Working alongside the F&B industry group, the Ministry has developed the Middle East’s first Sugar & Calorie Reduction Knowledge Building Programme. Tate & Lyle developed the eight-week program which focuses on supporting food and beverage manufacturers in the region to reduce the sugar and calories in their products. It aims to increase awareness of the ‘latest technologies’ available in sugar and calorie reduction, Tate & Lyle said.

“In the past, sugar and calorie reduction solutions have had a strong and unacceptable aftertaste, as well as being too costly. Using our expertise and working with the latest technology, we have developed new ranges of non-artificial sugar and calorie reduction solutions that have no aftertaste, with many that are affordable and cost effective,”Khaled Khatib, Application and Technical Senior Manager at Tate & Lyle, told FoodNavigator. “In partnership with the UAE F&B Manufacturers Business Group we have created a platform to raise awareness of the opportunities for F&B manufacturers to produce healthier products and provide the necessary expertise and direction to make this a reality.”

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