Monday, November 5, 2012

News and Notes for Monday November 5, 2012

SG Biofuels expands jatropha platform; confirms $99 per barrel crude jatropha oil
SG Biofuels announced that it has expanded its global network of hybrid trial and agronomic research sites and has achieved costs of $99 per barrel or less across three continents. By comparison, the Brent crude price is averaging $113.02 per barrel this month, according to Read more from Biofuels Digest.

Archer Daniels Earnings Beat On Oilseed Performance
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) reported first-quarter earnings above Wall Street estimates Tuesday due to a higher than expected profit at its oilseeds processing unit. Read more at IBD. 

Study Shows Americans Seeking Biobased Products
Seventy percent of Americans say they shop for "green" products on a regular basis. That number is up 10 percent in the last three years. As the evolution of green products is occurring, new certifications and labels are being introduced. One such certification is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label, an initiative of the BioPreferred Program. Read more from IBTimes.

Food Manufacturers Seeking Stable, Healthy Oils
With public attention focused on health, food processors have been seeking healthy oil formulations with an eye toward stability.One of the newer products in this category is high-oleic acid canola oil, which joins palm oil as a growing industry favorite.  Read more from Food Processing.

SDA omega-3: The future of trans-fat-free margarine?
Stearidonic acid (SDA) soybean oil may offer a trans-fat-free base for margarine, while simultaneously boosting omega-3 intakes, suggests new data. Read more from Food Navigator.

Agency seeks contractors for sampling and analyses
The U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA) is inviting tenders for the sampling of food at retail and analyses of inorganic, organic environmental and process contaminants. Find out more.

Requests for Proposals

Measuring Cleanliness, Dryness and Brilliancy of Goods inside a Dishwasher-RFP Request
NineSigma, representing a consumer goods company, invites proposals for technologies that can determine how well a dishwasher is performing by measuring cleanliness, dryness and brilliancy of goods.  View the Request for Proposal (.pdf)

Partners to Identify New Functional Molecules in Food-RFP Request
NineSigma, representing CALBEE, Inc., a Japanese potato chip manufacturer, seeks partners to identify new functional molecules in the edible portion of potatoes or in their by-products (skin, sprouts, washing waste water), evaluate the bioactivities of such molecules, and investigate methods for their effective use in functional foods. View the Request for Proposal (.pdf)

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