Tate & Lyle announces opening of new office in Tokyo aimed at expanding its direct sales capabilities in Japan

TOKYO , March 26, 2014 (press release) – Establishment of Tate & Lyle Japan KK to promote greater collaboration with customers

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of specialty food ingredients and solutions, announces the expansion of its direct sales capabilities in Japan and the opening of a new office in Tokyo. This initiative, which is in line with Tate & Lyle’s strategy to grow its speciality food ingredients business in Asia Pacific, will enable Japanese food and beverage customers to gain direct access to Tate & Lyle’s team of experts to develop the next generation of food and beverage products.

“Japan’s food and beverage companies are highly innovative, so they expect nothing less than world-class experts to help them create new products,” said Joan Braca, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific. “Tate & Lyle has the expertise, passion and innovation capabilities to work side-by-side with Japanese companies to help them bring new and exciting products to market.”

Tate & Lyle’s global network of Applications and Technical Service laboratories include four in the Asia Pacific region located in Melbourne, Brisbane, Shanghai and Singapore. These facilities provide applications development, rapid prototyping, complete formulation and process and evaluation expertise to help food and beverage customers move quickly from idea to market.

In addition to these customer-facing facilities, Tate & Lyle’s Asia Pacific support includes sales teams and distribution partners in China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Tate & Lyle also recently announced the expansion of its manufacturing presence in the region by signing an agreement to acquire Winway Biotechnology, a leading Chinese polydextrose speciality fibre business.

Joan Braca added, “The expansion of our direct sales capabilities in Japan will provide us with a better understanding of the challenges faced by our customers and how best to help them meet consumer demands for better, tastier and more healthy products”.

About Tate & Lyle:

Tate & Lyle is a global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, operating from over 30 production facilities around the world.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global business units, Specialty Food Ingredients and Bulk Ingredients, supported by the Innovation and Commercial Development group. The Group's strategy is to become the leading global provider of Specialty Food Ingredients through a disciplined focus on growth, and by driving Bulk Ingredients for sustained cash generation to fuel this growth.

Specialty Food Ingredients consists of three platforms: Texturants, which includes specialty starches and stabilisers; Sweeteners, which comprises nutritive sweeteners and our range of no-calorie sweeteners including SPLENDA® Sucralose; and our Health and Wellness portfolio, which includes specialty fibres and our salt-reduction offering, SODA-LO® Salt Microspheres. Additionally, our food systems business provides a wide variety of blended ingredient solutions.

Tate & Lyle Bulk Ingredients includes bulk sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants). Corn co-products from both divisions are primarily sold as animal feed.

Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2013, Tate & Lyle sales totaled £3.3 billion. http://www.tateandlyle.com. SPLENDA® is a trademark of McNeil Nutritionals, LLC.

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