Tate & Lyle announces investment of up to £30M over eight-year period in new venture capital fund, which will invest in start-ups and expansion-stage companies in food sciences and enabling technologies
November 8, 2012
– Tate & Lyle PLC announced today an investment of up to £30 million over an eight-year period in a new venture capital fund, building on Tate & Lyle’s existing venture fund activities.
The new Fund will invest in start-ups and expansion-stage companies in both developed and emerging markets in food sciences and enabling technologies in line with Tate & Lyle’s strategy to grow in speciality food ingredients.
The new Fund will be formally launched on 1 January 2013. As with Tate & Lyle’s first venture fund, which was launched in April 2006, the new Fund will be independently led and managed by Simon Barnes and David Atkinson.
“This is an important investment in our global innovation programme and represents another step in building Tate & Lyle’s platform for long-term growth” said Karl Kramer, President, Innovation and Commercial Development, Tate & Lyle.
Kramer added, “We have seen with our first Fund how beneficial a corporate venturing capability can be. The combination of the new Fund and our internal Open Innovation team will enable us to access the full spectrum of new ideas, technologies and opportunities in the global food science and investment community. This is an investment for long-term growth and, ultimately, will help us deliver more innovative solutions for our customers”.
David Atkinson, Tate & Lyle Ventures said, “We are continuing to see a real change in consumer attitudes towards health and nutrition and in particular the growing interest in functional foods. Busy lives, an ageing population and rapid urbanization in emerging markets mean that consumers across the world are looking to food to offer lifestyle solutions and bring added benefits such as fortification and enrichment. New technologies will be instrumental in this convergence as the world’s major food companies increasingly reposition themselves with a focus on innovation and health.”
Simon Barnes, Tate & Lyle Ventures said, “We will be looking to invest in companies based on strong intellectual property and with strong management teams. As with the first Fund, the independent structure of the new Fund means we can leverage Tate & Lyle’s core expertise in helping us to build our portfolio whilst retaining the ability to manage the investments in accordance with sound venture capital principles.”
Notes to Editors:
. For more details on the fund, please contact:
David Atkinson – email@example.com
Simon Barnes – firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The fund will have £30 million of committed capital at closing and is looking to back 8–10 deals over several rounds of finance. Optimal investment sizes are between £2-5 million.
3. Like the first Fund, Tate & Lyle Ventures II will be managed by Circadia Ventures LLP of which Simon Barnes and David Atkinson are the Managing Partners. Circadia Ventures LLP was founded in 2006 and is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Simon and David’s biographies are:
Simon Barnes has a background in life sciences venture capital, first with the London office of Atlas Venture and subsequently with GIMV Venture Capital. He has focused since 1998 on investing in university spin-outs. Simon was trained as a scientist and has a first class degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Together with David Atkinson, Simon co-founded Circadia Ventures LLP in 2006. Simon currently sits on the boards of Allylix Inc., Aquapharm BioDiscovery Ltd., Fugeia NV and Lumora Ltd.
David Atkinson has held a number of senior management positions in the City, with 14 years’ experience in equity research focusing on the food processing industry, whilst he also co-founded Stamford Partners, the European food and drink industry advisory firm. Together with Simon Barnes, David co-founded Circadia Ventures LLP in 2006. David currently sits on the boards of BioFilm Holdings Ltd., Fugeia NV and Lumora Ltd.