Multinational food and beverage companies sourcing cane sugar for their products along with major commodity suppliers, are susceptible to their supply networks using forced and bonded labour in the production of sugarcane, according to the recently published report by the NGO KnowTheChain (KTC).
Over the past few years, cane sugar deliveries to food processors in the US has increased in preference for the GM beet sugar. However, beet sugar has recently been regaining ground.
This makes polymer-grade farnesene more competitive in potential markets such as alternatives to isoprene and as a replacement for higher-priced limonene. Amyris expects several of its current partners to place initial orders for these products based on a guaranteed price for a three-year period that is lower than current prices for the materials being replaced.