Speciality ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has expanded capacity at its oats ingredients manufacturing facility in Kimstad, Sweden.

The expansion, which is part of a $100 million investment by the firm in speciality food ingredients, means capacity at the plant has increased more than tenfold since it was acquired by Tate & Lyle in 2013. Since 2013, the number of employees at the Kimstad facility has more than doubled.

The company uses a unique patented manufacturing process, without the addition of chemicals, to transform locally sourced Swedish oats into high-value ingredients such as PromOat Beta Glucan and PrOatein oat protein, which are used in a wide variety of food, including baked goods and bars.

Joan Braca, president of Speciality Food Ingredients at Tate & Lyle, said: “We continue to see growing demand for oat ingredients across the world, as consumers look for healthier and tastier foods. Through the expansion of our facility in Sweden, and our deep formulation expertise, we will be able to help our customers develop more products with health-benefit claims and functional benefits.”

The company said that PromOat is a source of beta glucan, the soluble dietary fibre in oat bran. This meant use of the product could give access to a number of health claims, such as lowering cholesterol and  lessening the risk of coronary heart disease. Meanwhile oat protein, in its PrOatein brand, is a rich source of certain essential amino acids that are important for muscle growth and recovery, it said, also pointing to the increasing consumer demand for protein-enriched foods.