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The Sedamyl Group Supports Local Community with Donations

Students across Selby are all set for the new term thanks to a series of donations by one local employer The Sedamyl Group – which encompasses sister companies Sedamyl UK and Uniglad Ingredients. The group has been investing in the local community with a series of charitable donations to schools and colleges as part of their investment in the local area.


Uniglad Ingredients has donated 1,000 units of its own brand hand sanitiser, Safe & Clean, to nearby Selby College, supporting local students and teachers in staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on Denison Road and only a short walk from Selby College, Uniglad (as part of the Sedamyl family) is passionate about giving back to the community and wanted to support its neighbour by providing enough hand sanitiser to see the College safely through the next few terms.

The hand sanitiser is made by Uniglad at Sedamyl’s Selby plant, using alcohol derived from UK wheat which the firm sources from local farmers. The alcohol used in the product is denatured alcohol – a product which is made unfit for human consumption by adding additional chemicals (denaturants) to it but is perfect for the use in alcohol-based cleaning products such as hand sanitisers.

The sanitiser has been developed to help prevent the spread of bacterial infections and diseases and is also proven to be effective against Covid-19. The Safe & Clean formula is based on the World Health Organisation’s fully researched recipe that promises to stop the spread of bacteria and viruses, killing 99.99% of germs.


Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College, said: “We’d like to express our gratitude to Sedamyl and Uniglad for the generous donation of 1,000 bottles of hand sanitiser. Uniglad and Sedamyl’s commitment to the local area and the support the team has shown to the College and other local businesses during the pandemic has been fantastic to see. Their generous contribution will help continue to keep our students and staff safe on campus, so that our students can continue their learning following a period where there has been so much disruption in education. We look forward to working closely with Uniglad and Sedamyl in the future.”


Barwic Parade Community Primary School has also received a large donation of books and hand sanitiser from the Sedamyl Group, to help support the children’s learning and safety following the disruption schools have faced during Covid-19.

This year’s book donation is the second year running the Sedamyl Group has donated to the school; Sedamyl is keen to support local projects and initiatives in the community – particularly causes that support young people and education – as it expands its Selby site. Sedamyl also supported the school with donations to its breakfast club, to ensure that all pupils could start off their day with a healthy meal before school begins. Sedamyl’s donations ensure that the breakfast club is fully stocked with healthy foods for the children such as cereals, fruits and yoghurts and has supported 245 families so far.


Emily Parkhill, English Teacher at Barwic Parade Community Primary School, said: “We are incredibly thankful for the donation from Sedamyl UK as it has allowed us to provide the children with a healthy breakfast and of course lots of new and engaging books. Reading is an incredibly important skill in all areas of life, and at Barwic Parade we not only want to develop this skill in children, but also to develop a culture of reading where everyone reads widely, often and for pleasure.”


Elena Frandino, Managing Director of Sedamyl UK, said: “Books are an incredible resource for children, with their imagination and curiosity allowing them to explore stories even when staying at home. The pandemic has caused such disruption across all ages and Sedamyl wanted to support Selby’s future generations to succeed and provide children with some sense of normality during these very abnormal times. I am also passionate about our support of the school’s breakfast club, as each child deserves the right to enjoy a healthy meal to set them up for a day of learning.

“Sedamyl is proud to have pivoted its production models at our Selby plant in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to supply the community with hand sanitisers to prevent the spread of the virus, we adapted the production of our traditional alcohol products to create the Safe & Clean hand sanitiser instead, so that we could contribute to UK’s efforts in tackling this horrible disease. We look forward to working closely with other groups in the community in future”.


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Sedamyl expands range to include new innovative and ‘clean label’ liquid syrups – Sedavisc 2972 / 3476

Many consumers today are making conscious choices when it comes to deciding what kind of food to eat. This can be reflected in a higher demand for food claiming “reduced sugars” or by choosing products with a short list of ingredients and/or no additives.


So as the market looks for more clean label and reduced sugar alternatives, Sedamyl has developed two new innovative plant-based liquid syrups, Sedavisc 2972 and 3476, to help manufacturers meet consumer demand.


The Sedavisc syrups contain no e-numbers and are a competitive alternative for manufacturers when considering clean labels and sugar reduction of their products. While both Sedavisc 2972 and 3476 facilitate clean label products, using Sedavisc 3476 also helps you to claim 30% less sugar on pack, allowing you to deliver healthier options for baked leavened products.


We studied in particular how the syrups work in the sponge cake application, comparing to sorbitol and invert sugar. Both Sedavisc syrups perform well when used in cakes, as the consistency and texture created in sponge cakes remain soft and fluffy. This is because aeration in the mixture allows for a good sponge height and density, which increases the overall quality and feel of cakes that contain Sedavisc products.

The syrups are humectant substitutes for sorbitol which means that cakes using Sedavisc remain fresher for longer – prolonging the shelf life of products – whilst enabling a clean label product.



“Sedamyl’s new Sedavisc syrups enhance the quality of sweeteners available to manufacturers whilst also adding simpler solutions to sugar reduction to our portfolio.

Combined with our application, formulation and technical expertise in beverages and food, we can now better support our customers’ needs, whether it’s reformulation or new product developments.” continues Raffaele Gazzano – Product Manager.


If you are considering exploring more clean label options for your products, get in touch with us today to find out more about Sedavisc 2972 and 3476.

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Sedamyl Recruits to Support Expansion Plans

Yorkshire business will create 75 jobs to support local economy and supply chain


Selby-based family-run agribusiness Sedamyl is looking for new team members to fill a number of roles and supporting its rapidly expanding workforce to support its current expansion project.


Amid a year of unprecedented challenges for the UK economy, Sedamyl – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of proteins, alcohol, starches, and sweeteners – has announced an £80million investment which will see its Yorkshire plant double its potable alcohol capacity and add new lines for the production of liquid sweeteners. The expansion will create up to 75 jobs and support hundreds more in the supply chain.


As well as recruitment opportunities, the expansion plans will see the Italian firm double UK production, add new product lines, and provide an increased market for wheat grown by local farmers. The firm is looking for a variety of roles to support the operations including shift operators and logistics staff along with lab technicians, mechanics, and engineers.


In the past decade, Sedamyl’s workforce has expanded from just 40 people in 2012 to nearly 100 in 2021 and the firm has a strong reputation for delivering career development opportunities, delivering impressively high staff retention rates within its diverse team.

Ross Glover has worked at Sedamyl for seven years, spending time as a Shift Operator before becoming a Technical Operator.

He said: “The best thing about working at Sedamyl is being given the opportunity to progress within a company that’s growing so rapidly and to feel like a valued member of the team. It’s rare to be part of an expansion of this size and see all the accomplishments along the way, and I expect the company to continue to grow and succeed year on year, developing the workforce as it does so.”


Elena Frandino, Managing Director at Sedamyl UK and a member of family that has owned the business for 60 years, said: Over the years we have built a solid reputation in Selby and are now a major local employer, and that is all down to our incredible team of dedicated staff. We know how important it is to retain the very best workers and have invested heavily to ensure we offer an attractive package and a positive workplace culture.

“This latest development means we can continue to recruit to support our team and the local economy, whilst maintaining our position as one of the leading UK manufacturers of sweeteners, starches and derivatives.”


Sedamyl has recently been shortlisted in the Emerging Business category at the 2021 Food and Drink Federation Awards in recognition of its growth and investment in the business. For more information about Sedamyl or to apply for a vacancy, visit LinkedIn.

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Sedamyl Supports Staff with COVID Testing

Yorkshire business calls on firms to implement staff testing to support return to the workplace


As businesses in the region plan for their staff returning to the workplace, Yorkshire-based agribusiness Sedamyl is heralding the benefits of implementing a business-wide Test and Trace system in partnership with the NHS.

With firms across the country planning returns to the workplace, Sedamyl, based in Selby, is encouraging other businesses to implement regular COVID-19 virus testing for staff to help reduce the spread of the virus, bringing peace of mind to team members and ensuring business continuity in an uncertain economy.

After being among the first companies in the UK to roll out independent workplace testing for employees as early as November 2020, Sedamyl was able to identify asymptomatic positives early on and prevent the virus spreading on site. The weekly testing allowed the business to ensure the safety of its 90 members of staff and more than 100 contractors, minimising disruption to the organisation and its supply chains.

It also allowed the firm to continue to deliver projects including its recently-announced expansion plans, which will see it double production, create additional jobs, add new product lines, and provide an increased market for wheat grown by local farmers.

Elena Frandino, Managing Director at Sedamyl UK and a member of family that has owned the business for 60 years, said: “We identified at an early stage the importance of providing our team with a safe way of returning to the workplace to ensure staff wellbeing was maintained and production was allowed to continue, meaning there was no halt in service for our clients.

This included investing in weekly testing before tests were available nationally, and ensuring staff were able to isolate if they received a positive test. We have also followed recent Government recommendations and introduced lateral flow testing across the firm to deliver rapid results.”

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(Manuela Pipitone, Lab Manager / Elena Frandino, Managing Director SEDAMYL UK)


“We’d encourage other businesses in the region to follow Government guidance and ensure they have a robust Track and Trace system in place.

As we look towards the next step of the Government roadmap out of lockdown, this will help ensure staff feel supported and comfortable in returning to the workplace and business can continue as usual.”

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Enjoy ice cream with 30% less sugar, thanks to Sedamyl’s new dried syrup – SEDADRY 3440

There are many benefits to reducing sugar in our diets, including stabilising our mood and energy levels, better digestion, and weight loss. Whilst the health benefits of less sugar always add up, many of us still have a sweet tooth craving to satisfy from time to time.


This is where reduced sugar options in sweet foods and desserts come into play. Take Sedamyl’s newly developed SEDADRY 3440 for example. It’s a dried syrup alternative, with a unique sugars profile and powder morphology, that help to formulate products with 30% less sugar labelling whilst still delivering on taste. The product aims to improve the rheological characteristics and reduce sweetness.


Ice creams are a particularly good product base for the use of the syrup. Recipes using SEDADRY 3440 instead of sucrose have proven to be slightly less sweet while still delivering creaminess and stability. Adding SEDADRY 3440 gives a better texture, increasing the overrun and allowing emulsifiers reduction. It contributes moreover to decrease the crystal formation keeping ice creams softness and pleasant texture.


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In addition, SEDADRY 3440 creates a creamy consistency to water-based ice creams, keeping the ‘spoonability’ of the final product and adding additional texture to non-fat ice creams such as sorbets.




SEDADRY 3440 is beneficial to both the consumer and manufacturer as it allows reducing the sugar in products by up to 30% while improving organoleptic quality, contributing to a healthy and tasty alternative for those who enjoy a sweet treat.


Want to know more about SEDADRY 3440 and how Sedamyl can help?

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Delicious baked good with less sugar? It’s a piece of cake thanks to Sedamyl’s new low DE syrups

The food and drink industry is continually innovating to keep up with evolving consumer demand, diet and lifestyle movements like veganism, as well as new regulations such as taxes on sugar.


Sweet bakery products like cakes and pastries can be hard to give up, however, consumers are now increasingly looking for healthier options that don’t compromise on taste and texture. The food and drink industry has seen this trend emerge over a number of years and is striving to meet these changing consumer needs with innovative new ingredients.

Many innovations in the industry right now are focused on developing food with reduced sugar content but still using sustainably sourced sweeteners.


Widely used in sweet bakery products, biscuits and snacks, glucose syrups – plant-based sweeteners – have many advantages and can control a number of factors from sweetness to colour and dough viscosity.

Sedamyl has developed an innovative new glucose syrup, Sedavisc 3476, which can help you to improve baked goods both from a nutritional standpoint and from a taste and texture perspective.


In a recent study conducted in our Products Applications Lab, we found that Sedavisc 3476 behaves perfectly when used in partial replacement of sucrose. Not only does it enable a 30% reduction in sugar compared to a classic sponge cake recipe, but it results in the products remaining soft and fresh for longer.

The product is an ideal solution for food manufacturers because, on a technical level, it also improves texture by reducing hygroscopicity and the chances of Maillard reactions.


Sedavisc 3476 allows food manufacturers to claim “reduced sugar” in baked goods whilst having a positive effect on the aeration of the dough – decreasing the density and better enabling leavened products like cakes to rise – so they become light and fluffy.


Want to know more about Sedavisc 3476 and how Sedamyl can help?

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Sedamyl provides boost to Yorkshire economy and signals growth ambitions with £80m expansion of Selby plant

Investment will create 75 new jobs and support hundreds more in the supply chain, as well as double production, add new lines and increase business for Yorkshire farmers.


Italian-owned agribusiness Sedamyl has today announced major plans to expand its Yorkshire plant which will see it double production, create additional jobs, add new product lines, and provide an increased market for wheat grown by local farmers, in line with its sustainability objectives.


The development comes a decade after the firm first acquired the redundant former Tate & Lyle site in Selby as its UK base for the production of potable alcohol, a main ingredient in the making of premium spirits and a processing aid in the food industry.  As well as increasing its potable alcohol capacity, once completed over the next two years, the enlarged operation will begin the production of liquid sweeteners.


The distillery expansion is underway with completion expected by the autumn and the first deliveries of high-quality liquid sweeteners due to start in late 2022. The significant investment into the plant totals £80m and will double its current capacity – increasing its workforce to around 150 – creating an additional 75 jobs as well as supporting hundreds more among its suppliers.


As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of starches and sweeteners, Sedamyl is integral to the food manufacturing chain; currently producing starches, alcohol, and wheat gluten to serve the beverages, food and animal nutrition industries, 95% of which feeds directly into the UK market. By adding liquid sweeteners to its portfolio, the business will be able to broaden its offer to the food industry. It also provides products for the paper and corrugating industries.


Sedamyl uses Yorkshire-grown wheat in its production, purchased from a network of over 1,000 local farmers, providing a valuable and sustained revenue stream.  The expansion will further support farmers and boost the local economy in the region.


Elena Frandino, Managing Director at Sedamyl UK and a member of the family that has owned the business for 60 years, said:

“These are difficult and challenging times for everyone because of the pandemic, so we’re incredibly proud to be able to announce such an important investment plan, which will enable us to reinforce and grow our position as a leading and sustainable supplier for our customers.

Supporting Yorkshire farmers is also important to us and we are proud to say that our wheat is sourced from an average of 60 miles from our North Yorkshire factory, helping us to improve our sustainable practices.”

“As a family-run business, we regard this as a signal of our continued commitment to Selby, Yorkshire and the UK. We see enormous opportunities to grow our business here and diversify our product offer.”

“At a time when many companies are cutting their workforces because of the impact of COVID-19, it is particularly pleasing to be creating valuable and high-quality jobs in our team as well as supporting hundreds more among our suppliers in the region.”



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Sedamyl new commercial names

In July 2019, we started a new journey. Today, one year later, we are pleased to announce another important step: the new Sedamyl Commercial Brands.

The rebranding concerns our full Starches & Sweeteners and Proteins Portfolio. As part of the rebranding, we put our purpose “naturally reliable” front and centre, using the “Seda” root as the main character to reinforce the link between company name and products.

Here below the new Sedamyl brand range:

Have a look at our video here

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Mario Frandino, CEO of SEDAMYL Group and ETEA, has been nominated Cavaliere del Lavoro

We are proud to share the news that Mario Frandino, CEO of SEDAMYL Group and ETEA, has been nominated Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Mario Frandino

The title of Cavaliere del Lavoro is one of the major entrepreneurship achievements, attributed to businessmen and women who have been recognised for their business results in terms of job creation, ethical and social responsibility, with the aim of improving living and working conditions in Italy.

Mario Frandino is thankful and wishes to share this prestigious achievement with all Sedamyl and Etea teams who contributed significantly with their work in achieving this great result.

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How to cut sugar in food without altering the taste?

New food sweeteners allow cutting sugar content while preserving food taste.

Following the recent WHO recommendation, sugar consumption in food has been objected of several attentions. Consumers have been influenced by the general concern about the link between sugar intake and human health. To satisfy the new shopper and consumer behaviours, companies must develop healthier food, without altering the taste. How can they accomplish it?

Before stepping into the topic, we should define what is the definition of food with low sugar or sugar-free. EU Nutrition Claims Regulation (no.1924/2006) has emanated nutritional and health label instructions. Low sugar claim can be used when the product contains no more than 5 g of sugars per 100 g for solids or 2,5 g of sugars per 100 ml for liquids. While a sugar-free food is when the product contains no more than 0,5 g of sugars per 100 g or 100 ml.

Food labels are the means for making consumers’ evaluation of the quality of a product. The compulsory nutritional information is listed below:

  • energy value;
  • amounts of fats saturate, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt.

As evidence from the requirements list, sugar is a piece of mandatory information to indicate in food labels. Sugars include monosaccharides and disaccharides, which are short chains with a degree of polymerization DP1 and DP2. Examples of this sugar are glucose, fructose, maltose, sucrose and lactose.

Sugars considered as a mandatory fulfilment of food label, do not contain complex sugar, like polysaccharides. For this reason, it is possible to reduce sugar preserving the same food taste, substituting monosaccharides and disaccharides with polysaccharides, which are not considered in food label sugar indication.

Possible alternatives can be fibres, polyols – as sorbitol, mannitol, isomalt, maltitol – and syrups with high sweetening power.

Sedamyl has developed new ingredients: Sedavisc 3479 & Sedadry 3440 which are liquid and dried sweeteners. Energy content is 4kcal/g and they have a dextrose level equal to 32.


The main benefits of using these ingredients are 4:

Nutritional label: total energy and carbohydrates are not modified. In fact, the information in carbohydrates indicated the total of complex carbohydrates, while the wording “of sugar” indicates only simply or added sugar. Does not contain complex sugar, like polysaccharides;

Technologic benefit: a higher level of degree of polymerization DP3 and DP4 allows a lower DE degree, reducing indeed sweeteners food degree and its hygroscopic. Millard reaction will be limited, and viscosity will increase considerably, thus optimising texture product;

Cutting costs: allow better product manipulation, thus guaranteed a process cost reduction, generating a good impact on overall production;

Low glycaemic index: grant a constant sugar index in blood and a reduction in diabetes risk. Moreover, fats in blood will be normalised, contributing to defeat from the heart attack and stroke.

Markets applications of Sedavisc 3479 & Sedadry 3440 are multiples. There are a lot of applications in confectionary, like candies and jellies; beverage sector for carbonated drinks fruit-based and sporty. In pastry sector some applications are biscuits or sponge cake; chocolate and spreads; cereal bars and in the ice cream sector there are remarkable applications that help a reduction in sugars.

Do you want to know if Sedavisc 3479 & Sedadry 3440 could be used in your products? Contact us.