Tate & Lyle has announced plans to open a ground-breaking new plant in the Netherlands that will increase the range of functional food ingredients made by the sugar giant.

The new plant will feature Europe’s first production line using polydextrose, a low-calorie, high-fibre bulking agent used to add fibre to ‘no added sugar’ foods.

“We are very excited about the investment,” said Caroline Sanders, marketing director of Tate & Lyle’s European food and industrial ingredients group. “This is the first time that a polydextrose line will be created in Europe and it reiterates Tate & Lyle’s ongoing commitment to better serving the needs of our customers.”

She added: “The fact that we will be building a new production line in Europe demonstrates our determination to not only maintain and improve our current position in the fibre market, but to also intensify our focus on health and wellness solutions.”