Tate & Lyle announces new capabilities and formulation tool for texture and mouthfeel

Tate & Lyle Sensation aims to enhance the company’s current portfolio of texture and mouthfeel offerings in order to meet consumer demand for sensory experiences

Tate & Lyle has introduced a new campaign to showcase its capabilities in texture and mouthfeel, including a new formulation tool, Tate & Lyle Sensation.  

The campaign. “Mastering the marvel of mouthfeel”, will show food and beverage customers how Tate & Lyle can elevate the sensory experience of products and increase consumer brand differentiation. The campaign will be rolled out across digital media channels such as LinkedIn and Google, as well as trade publications, with content distribution throughout the year.  

International consumer research conducted by Kantar¹ found that when consumer perception of positive and distinctive sensory experiences increases so does brand loyalty, highlighting the importance of texture and mouthfeel in successful and resilient brands.  In that vein, Tate & Lyle has identified three key formulation opportunities in mouthfeel: optimising profitability whilst retaining mouthfeel; reformulating to make products cleaner label, healthier and compliant with changing regulatory requirements; and, finally, supporting their customer innovation teams to create exciting new textures in foods and beverages.  

Through this campaign, Tate & Lyle will promote new capabilities in texture and mouthfeel, including the formulation tool Tate & Lyle Sensation, as well as its mouthfeel solutions expertise. Tate & Lyle Sensation is a new formulation tool that creates mouthfeel solutions. Alongside the company’s portfolio of ingredients composed of functional starches, fibres, hydrocolloids, stabilisers and proteins, and texture forumlation, Tate & Lyle Sensation thus offers a stronger mouthfeel solutions to the market.   

John Stewart, senior vice-president of texturants and proteins at Tate & Lyle, said:  “Getting mouthfeel right in a formulation can be a challenge. Often there is a lack of insight about the preferences of consumer groups. We are focused on gathering these consumer insights and connecting them to our mouthfeel solutions, making our customers’ formulation process quicker and more accurate, ultimately helping their products be more successful in the market. This campaign shines a spotlight on Tate & Lyle’s capabilities as a go-to mouthfeel solutions partner: identifying customer challenges and opportunities and solving them.”

Marcia Petit, global sensory director at Tate & Lyle, added:   “At Tate & Lyle we are investing in our global sensory capabilities. With the Tate & Lyle Sensation tool we will map what consumers want in terms of mouthfeel by category and geography, translate these insights into scientific sensory language and then deliver the right ingredient solutions for each specific desired mouthfeel attribute.  By leveraging this agile and accurate tool, formulators can now develop superior products with enhanced texture and mouthfeel in a quicker and easier way.”

The Tate & Lyle Sensation tool is currently launched in the North American market, with a roll-out planned for additional markets this year.  

References

¹ Kantar study: Taste: the most important driver of brand equity, and key contributor to resiliency (kantar.com) . Carried out in the US, the UK and Japan across 38 brands.