International Sugar Journal

On the management of innovation in sugar technology: A personal tribute to Tate & Lyle’s ventures into R&D [Full subscriber]

With the disposal of its last refining companies, Tate & Lyle ended 150 years of sugar tradition: this article records some of the stages in the establishment of Tate & Lyle’s professional research and development facilities which took the Company to the acme of achievement and respect. It does not attempt to document what was done, but rather how it was done, and focuses attention primarily on innovation in sugar processing technology. From the pre-war days when there was little communication between operating units, one or two Directors of the Company were able to persuade their colleagues that technological innovation…

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