Tate & Lyle, a world leader in sugar, cereal sweeteners and starches, yesterday announced the sale of the Western Sugar Company ("Western") to the Rocky Mountain Sugar Growers Co-operative ("RMSGC"). The sale agreement was signed on June 6, 2001 and follows the signing of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding on October 16, 2000. The disposal is conditional on RMSGC finalizing the necessary financing arrangements.