Tate & Lyle, Decatur, Ill., launched its new Beverage Optimize formulation service in the United States. Through Beverage Optimize, manufacturers can work directly with Tate & Lyle to reduce calories using the company’s beverage formulation experience and portfolio of ingredients including sweeteners such as Splenda sucralose and Krystar crystalline fructose, as well as texturants and acidulants, the company says. Tate & Lyle also announced the re-opening of its McIntosh, Ala., Splenda sucralose production facility, and the launch of a dedicated website for beverage manufacturers: yourdrinksolutions.com.


Louisville, Ky.-based D.D. Williamson released its latest online educational video titled “Natural Food Coloring in Yellow and Orange Range.” The 5-minute video is posted on the company’s website and highlights natural sources, manufacturing methods, color science as well as food and beverage applications.


Drinktec 2013, which will take place Sept. 16-20, 2013, at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, will feature a special area for new beverage concepts. Located in Hall B1, manufacturers will present and explain new sweetening, coloring and flavoring strategies within the area, exhibition organizers say.


AIDP, City of Industry, Calif., announced that its KoACT, a patented chelated compound of calcium and hydrolyzed collagen peptides, received generally recognized as safe status through an assessment conducted by AIBMR Life Sciences Inc., Puyallup, Wash.


Fortitech Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, part of the global network of manufacturing and distribution companies of Fortitech Inc., Schenectady, N.Y., announced the opening of an office in Shanghai where the staff will provide sales and customer support to Fortitech’s customers throughout China, the company says.


Long Beach, Calif.-based BI Nutraceuticals recently partnered with Canadian-based Quadra Ingredients in an effort to further expand its business globally.


Autocrat LLC, Lincoln, R.I., appointed Mark Vasi senior food applications technologist.