International Sugar Journal

Global Bioenergies to launch cosmetics produced from plant-derived sugars [Full subscriber]

The French biotech start-up Global Bioenergies announced on 4th May the upcoming launch of its “LAST” long-wear cosmetics brand comprising 18 products made from plant-derived sugars.

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South Korea – LG Chem to produce 9 chemicals from bio-naptha supplied by Neste [Full subscriber]

South Korean petrochemical firm LG Chem will begin production of nine biobased chemicals at its Yosu and Iksan cracker and polymerisation plants in June, after securing ISCC-Plus certification.

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Stora Enso launches lignin-based binder that is safer than fossil-based ones [Full subscriber]

Stora Enso launched on 5th May its latest lignin-based innovation, NeoLigno® by Stora Enso. NeoLigno – a fully biobased binder that does not contain formaldehyde and isocyanates, which are typically used in adhesive resins and industrial products, thereby supporting healthier indoor and working environments.

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Pseudomonas putida metabolically engineered to produce itaconic acid from lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA have successfully bioengineered a microbe to efficiently turn lignocellulosic feedstock into itaconic acid, an industrial chemical used in plastics and paints.

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Netherlands – Cosun and Avantium partner to construct sugar-to-glycols plant [Full subscriber]

Cosun Beet Company, part of Royal Cosun, and the biotech start-up Avantium to construct a commercial scale sugar-to-glycols plant in the Netherlands. According to a press release, Cosun will take a substantial share.

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DSM acquires Amyris’ flavour and fragrance biobased intermediates business [Full subscriber]

DSM will acquire the flavour and fragrance (F&F) biobased intermediates business of Amyris for US$150 million.

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Naturally sourced cyan blue could replace synthetic blue dye used in the food industry [Full subscriber]

an international team of researchers, leveraging synthetic biology and computational protein design tools, have developed a long-sought naturally derived cyan blue colourant sourced from red cabbage anthocyanin pigments that may offer an alternative to the synthetically-produced industry standard blue dye, although more testing is needed to determine the compound’s safety.

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DMC Biotechnologies scales-up production of biobased amino acid L-alanine [Full subscriber]

The US-based start-up DMC Biotechnologies recently announced that it has successfully demonstrated full commercial-scale production for its first product, the amino acid L-alanine in an 85 cubic metre fermentation reactor conducted at EW Biotech’s facility in Leuna, Germany.

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Afyren secures beet pulp supplies from Südzucker to produce biobased organic acids [Full subscriber]

The French biotech start-up Afyren has reached a long-term agreement for the supply of sugar beet pulp with the sugar giant Südzucker that will be used as feedstock for its Afyren Neoxy zero-waste, low-carbon biorefinery, which will begin producing seven 100% bio-based organic acids at an industrial scale in early 2022.

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France – PILI secures €4 million to industrialise production of biobased pigments [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up PILI, based in Toulouse, France, recently secured an investment of €4 million to upscale its proprietary enzymatic technology to produce pigments for paints and inks.

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