Speciality food ingredients and solutions supplier Tate & Lyle has acquired Swedish oat beta glucan manufacturer Biovelop.

Beta glucan is a soluble fibre, which has widely approved health claims, including from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), for lowering cholesterol and reducing post-prandial glycaemic response.

Based in Kimstad, Biovelop produces the ingredient under the brand name PromOat, for use in the food, beverage and supplement markets.

The firm also produces a range of other oat-based ingredients, such as PrOATein (oat protein), oat dextrin and insoluble oat fibre.

Its products are manufactured from non-GMO oats sourced from within Sweden using a chemical-free process.

Olivier Rigaud, president, speciality food ingredients for Tate & Lyle said: “We are delighted to welcome the Biovelop business and its employees to Tate & Lyle.

“The addition of Biovelop’s soluble oat beta glucan, supported by strong scientific health claims, represents an excellent addition to Tate & Lyle’s existing fibres and health and wellness portfolios.”