Leaders in stevia-based sweetening solutions come together to provide food and beverage manufacturers with innovative, label-friendly options to meet increasing global consumer demand

London, 16 March 2017 – Tate & Lyle PLC (“Tate & Lyle”), a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, and Sweet Green Fields, one of the largest privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies, announce that they have entered into an exclusive partnership to deliver innovative stevia ingredients and solutions to customers around the world. The partnership combines Tate & Lyle’s decades of sweetener expertise and global sales and distribution network, with Sweet Green Fields’ leading portfolio of stevia-based ingredients and supply chain. The exclusive distribution partnership begins on 3 April 2017.

“This is an exciting new partnership bringing together a collective passion for food, science and sweeteners,” said Joan Braca, President, Speciality Food Ingredients, Tate & Lyle. “Together, we will offer customers an extensive range of stevia-based ingredients and solutions to help them meet growing global consumer demand for healthier food and beverages with natural ingredients and fewer calories or less sugar. Tate & Lyle’s broad portfolio of sweeteners, applications expertise and strong innovation pipeline, combined with Sweet Green Fields’ expertise in the science of stevia, from seed to sale, will create significant opportunities for new product innovation.”

“We are delighted that Sweet Green Fields is combining its leading range of stevia products and knowledge with Tate & Lyle’s global scale and capabilities in sales, quality assurance, and applications development,” said Dean Francis, CEO at Sweet Green Fields. “We look forward to introducing our extraordinary stevia solutions to customers worldwide.”

Through this partnership, Tate & Lyle will provide customers with access to Sweet Green Fields’ exceptional line of steviol glycosides including its established ‘Project Non-GMO Verified’ stevia offerings, certified organic stevias, the breakthrough sugar-like proprietary stevia extract INTESSE™, and the cost-competitive Optimizer stevia series. This unique range of stevia-based sweeteners will be supported by Tate & Lyle’s global network of application laboratories and scientists, to help customers accelerate product development and speed to market.
Founded in 2007, with its origins going back to 1999, Sweet Green Fields has extensive experience in stevia plant breeding and agriculture, in addition to deep expertise in stevia sweetening ingredients. Sweet Green Fields’ knowledge of stevia farming and manufacturing technology, combined with the global reach of Tate & Lyle, creates a sustainable, stevia sweetener business to meet the needs of food manufacturers across the world.

For more information about Sweet Green Fields contact:
Dean Francis
CEO
Sweet Green Fields
+1 360 961 6489
dfrancis@sweetgreenfields.com

About Sweet Green Fields

Sweet Green Fields USA LLC is one of the largest, privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies. It strives to provide natural sweetening solutions to inspire healthy living through its extraordinary tasting stevia products.
Sweet Green Fields was established in 2007 and started by providing standard stevia extracts to the food and beverage industry. Today these standardized extracts come as Non-GMO Project verified. In recent years Sweet Green Fields has created an innovative series of stevia extracts covering a wide range of customer application needs. INTESSE™ stevia is specifically created to deliver a clean and smooth sweet taste especially at high concentration for food and beverages with deep sugar reduction goals. The OPTIMIZER stevia series is an ideal replacement for standardized stevia extracts, allowing for better taste, higher solubility and lower cost in use. Also on offer are various Reb-D containing stevia extracts including DUAL and OMEGA, which are designed to meet particular customer preferences.

For more information, please visit http://www.sweetgreenfields.com

Tate & Lyle PLC

For more information contact:
Christopher Marsh
Group VP, Investor and Media Relations
Tate & Lyle PLC
+44 (0)20 7257 2110
+44 (0)779 619 2688
Investor.Relations@tateandlyle.com

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Miriam Wilkens
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Tate & Lyle PLC
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About Tate & Lyle:

Tate & Lyle is a global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, with operations in over 30 locations worldwide.
Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Speciality Food Ingredients and Bulk Ingredients, supported by our Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations groups. The Group’s strategy is to become a leading global provider of Speciality Food Ingredients through a disciplined focus on growth, and by driving Bulk Ingredients for sustained cash generation to fuel this growth.

Speciality Food Ingredients consists of three platforms: Texturants, which includes speciality 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 speciality fibres and our salt-reduction offering. 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 2016, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.4billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com.
SPLENDA® is a trademark of Heartland Consumer Products LLC.

About Sweet Green Fields

Sweet Green Fields LLC is one of the largest, privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies. The company integrates the scientific model in three key areas to create extraordinarily tasting naturally sweetened stevia products : Product Development & Formulation; Agriculture Research & Development, and Extraction & Supply Chain Excellence. With a vertically integrated stevia supply chain from seed to final sweetener, Sweet Green Fields LLC markets natural sweeteners globally to food and beverage companies, and provides formulation assistance, with the ability to adjust the sweetness level to the highest and minimalist degrees. Sweet Green Fields LLC has formulated reduced sugar applications in beverages, dairy, baking and confectionary. For more information visit www.sweetgreenfields.com.

Media Contact:
Shasha YU
Marketing Director
syu@sweetgreenfields.com