Speciality ingredients supplying firm Tate & Lyle has expanded the capacity of its oats ingredients manufacturing site in Kimstad, Sweden.
The expansion comes as part of the companyâs $100 million investment in speciality food ingredients, meaning that the plantâs capacity has increase by more than tenfold since it was acquired by Tate & Lyle three years ago.
Since then, the number of employees at the facility in Kimstad has more than doubled.
The firm uses a unique patented manufacturing process, with no addition of chemicals, to transform locally sourced Swedish oats into high value ingredients such as PrOatein oat protein and PromOat Beta Glucan, which are used in a number of foods, such as baked bars and goods.
Joan Braca, president of Speciality Food Ingredients at Tate & Lyle, said: We continue to see growing demand for oat ingredients across the world, as consumers look for healthier and tastier foods. Through the expansion of our facility in Sweden, and our deep formulation expertise, we will be able to help our customers develop more products with health-benefit claims and functional benefits.
The firm stated that PromOat is a source of beta glucan, the soluble dietary fibre in oat bran, which meant that the use of the product could give access to a number of health claims, such as reducing cholesterol and decreasing the risk of coronary heart disease.
Meanwhile, oat protein in its PrOatein brand is a rich source of certain essential amino acids that are important for recovery and muscle growth, it said, also pointing to the rising demand from consumers for protein enriched foods.
Earlier in the year, Tate & Lyle said it was on track for its forecast profit. Tate & Lyle remained stable in its third quarter. It reported increased trading volumes in some divisions, but lower margins and continuing difficulties in the ethanol market.