Our history and legacy 

Tate & Lyle has a long and unique heritage of which we are all proud. Find out how our Company began and what has happened since to make us the business we are today.

Tate & Lyle can trace its roots back to a number of companies established in the middle of the 19th century focused on sugars in Europe, and corn milling in the USA and Europe. From the merger of the Tate and the Lyle sugars businesses in the UK in 1921 to the global food and ingredients business we are today, our history is rich with discovery, creativity and change.

Read this snapshot of our long history or learn more on our history timeline

1848 - Georg Carl Hahn opened his first preserving factory
1859 - Henry Tate began his sugar refining business
1865 - Abram Lyle began his sugar refining business
1873 - Callebaut Brothers form S.A. Callebaut Frères et Lejeune glucose plant in Aalst, Belgium,later to become Amylum.
1883 - Abram Lyle starts selling Lyle’s Golden Syrup
1906 - Augustus Eugene Staley founded his starch manufacturing business
1921 - The Tate and the Lyle businesses join to form Tate & Lyle
1965 - Tate & Lyle acquires United Molasses
1976 - Sucralose discovered
1976 - Acquisition of a one-third stake in Amylum, which established a major interest in starch-based manufacturing.
1980 - Form Sucralose partnership with Johnson & Johnson 
1988 - Acquisition of 90% of A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co. and, at the same time, Tate & Lyle’s stake in Amylum increased to 63%.
1996 - Founded 'Nghe An Tate & Lyle Sugar', a joint venture sugar business in Vietnam
1998 - Acquired citric acid business from Haarmann & Reimer
2000 - Acquired the remaining minorities of Amylum and Staley. 
2001 - First commercial shipment from Sucralose plant in Alabama
2005 - Acquired Cesalpinia Foods
2006 - Acquired Continental Custom Ingredients
2006 - Established offices in Shanghai, China and Melbourne, Australia
2007 - First commercial shipment from DuPont joint venture Bio-PDO™ plant
2007 - Acquired 80% equity interest in G.C. Hahn & Co.
2007 - Opening of SPLENDA® Sucralose facility in Singapore.
2007 - Sold five European Starch plants
2007 - Opened new Applications laboratory in Shanghai, China
2008 - Opened new Innovation Centre in Lille, France
2010 - Sale of European Sugar and Molasses businesses
2010 - Commissioned new European polydextrose line at Koog, The Netherlands
2011 - Opened Global Shared Services Centre in Łódź, Poland
2011 - Sold Nghe An Tate & Lyle, joint venture sugar business in Vietnam
2012 - Opened Global Commercial Food and Innovation Centre in Hoffman Estates, near Chicago, US
2013 - Acquired Biovelop, an oat beta glucan business in Sweden,which became Tate & Lyle Oat Ingredients
2013 - Formed new Food Systems joint venture, Tate & Lyle Howbetter, in China
2014 - Acquired Winway Biotechnology, China

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