Tate & Lyle Sugars launch new production line and community fund

PUBLISHED: 11:52 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 11 September 2017

Lyle's factory holding a tea party to mark the opening of a new syrup production line opened by Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales

Lyle's factory holding a tea party to mark the opening of a new syrup production line opened by Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales


A multi-million pound sugar refiners wants to make life sweeter for Newham residents.

More than 80 guests enjoyed tea, cakes and traditional East End entertainment at Wednesday’s opening ceremony for a new syrup production line in Royal Docks.

Tate & Lyle Sugars say the £8 million investment into their Plaistow Wharf factory in Knights Road will create 20 local jobs.

The factory opened its gates to pensioners, charities and councillors for the event, which featured singing and music from members of Brick Lane Music Hall.

Opening the new line, Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “This is an exciting time for Newham, which is changing rapidly.

“It is important that we have a strong sugar refining industry at the heart of our community and I am delighted that Tate & Lyle Sugars continues to go from strength to strength.

“I am pleased that the company are committed to working with our employment service Workplace to offer as many jobs as possible to our residents.”

The company, now owned by American Sugar Refining Inc, employs around 850 people at its two sites in Silvertown, east London.

While syrup is made at the Plaistow Wharf factory, the new line will bring bottling in plastic and “other modern packaging” back to the borough.

A spokesman said over £10m had been invested in the factory since 2012, doubling the number of jobs to over 80.

“We’ve been here nearly 140 years,” said senior vice president Gerald Mason in his speech. “Traditional industry and employers, like ourselves, are committed to playing a major role in twenty first-century Newham.”

The company also launched a £25,000 community fund for local schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations whose work “benefits the residents of Newham.”

Grants of up to £2,500 will be available when the scheme, co-run with Newham Council, opens next month.

Tate & Lyle Sugars say it will support projects that help to create local communities “that are safe, prosperous and healthy.”

In July, Lyle’s Golden Syrup signed a joint £4m deal with German baking product maker Dr Oetker to sponsor The Great British Bake Off.


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