Global food ingredient company Tate & Lyle has partnered with stevia ingredient firm Sweet Green Fields to distribute stevia ingredients and solutions to customers worldwide.

The new partnership will combine Tate & Lyle’s expertise in sweetener products, as well as its global sales and distribution network, with Sweet Green Fields’ portfolio of stevia-based ingredients and supply chain.

The new distribution partnership will be effective from 3 April.

Tate & Lyle speciality food ingredients president Joan Braca said: “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.

“We look forward to introducing our extraordinary stevia solutions to customers worldwide.”

“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.”

The deal will see Tate & Lyle offer Sweet Green Fields’ steviol glycosides, including 'Project Non-GMO Verified' stevia offerings, certified organic stevias, sugar-like stevia extract Intesse and the cost-competitive optimiser stevia series.

Sweet Green Fields CEO Dean Francis said: “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.

“We look forward to introducing our extraordinary stevia solutions to customers worldwide.”

Tate & Lyle’s global network of application laboratories and scientists will be supporting the portfolio of Sweet Green Fields’ stevia-based sweeteners in order to help customers accelerate product development and speed to market.

Both companies anticipate that this new partnership will create a new platform for the stevia sweetener business to meet the needs of global food manufacturers.