International Sugar Journal

Amyris secures US$255 million to produce cannabidiol from cane sugar [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Amyris recently announced that it has teamed up with an undisclosed partner in a US$255 million deal – its largest ever – to produce CBD (cannabidiol) from cane sugar using its fermentation technology.

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Companies urged to tackle forced labour in the production of sugarcane [Registered]

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).

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USA – Competitively priced beet sugar resists pull from ‘natural’ cane sugar [Full subscriber]

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.

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Amyris produces cane sugar based farnesene at low cost in Brazil [Registered]

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.

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