Regional Innovation Centres

Inspired local flavour is as close as our 15 regional application and technical service centres. 

Our global technical service – your gateway to product success 

Wherever you’re located, there’s a Tate & Lyle applications lab in your part of the world. Contact us to learn more.

Deep technical know-how. State-of-the-art equipment. A global network of research labs, application labs and pilot plants. Tate & Lyle’s expertise and resources are available to assist during the various stages of your product development process – helping to deliver the products and cost savings to drive your future success.

Here’s an overview of our technical services and facilities, and how they work for you:

  • Food design: creating your food or beverage in our facilities

    Adding functionality to your products is one thing. Creating nutritional or functional foods that taste great is where our expertise really makes a difference. >>
    Our laboratories and pilot plant facilities are designed to accommodate customer project teams working on new food or beverage propositions or optimising existing brands. Our technical service engineers support you and coordinate the project from initial brief, to prototyping, to final industrial implementation. When you’re entirely happy, they’re happy.
  • Analytical labs: ultra-precise measurement for better results

    We offer all the basic analytical tools you’d expect, along with more advanced systems such as microscopy, spectometry and rheology. >>
    We also use a range of specialist analytical techniques that help us understand and quantify the physical and chemical properties of our ingredients and products. These methods include particle size analysers, controlled stress rheometers, texture analysers, liquid chromatography systems, thermo-gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry.
    Our analytical chemists work on implementing methods already approved by the scientific community, to ensure absolute consistency and reliability in your product’s functionality. They also collaborate with our quality experts to maintain the highest quality standards.
  • Application labs: turning designs into testable prototypes

    We have 15 regional applications labs on six continents. Each lab has small-scale equipment and resources including kitchen facilities, sensory rooms and much more. As a result, we can make a wide range of prototype products and test them in conditions appropriate to your local market and manufacturing environment.  >>
    We also test our own ingredients in a wide variety of recipes so we can better predict how they will work in your product and correct any problems at an early stage. So whether you’re making a fruit drink or a breakfast cereal, we have the experience and technology to deliver the results you want.
  • Pilot plants: scaling it up

    Our pilot plants are actually larger than many full-scale manufacturing facilities! Scaling up and testing formulations or experimental products here enables you to get new processes, products and technology absolutely right before commercialisation.  >>
    Our pilot plants also include semi-industrial food manufacturing facilities very similar to your own facilities.

Expertise at your service

Luis Fernandez, CFS Senior VP, Global Applications Hoffman Estates, Illinois (USA)

As the head of Tate & Lyle’s global applications group, Luis brings to his role more than 27 years of R&D experience and a passion for delivering greater value to customers. Tate & Lyle’s current ingredient portfolio and outstanding innovation pipeline make Luis excited for the future.