Thursday, February 25, 2016

Free: JAOCS Article of the Month 1 "Characteristics of Specialty Natural Micronutrients in Certain Oilseeds and Oils: Plastochromanol-8, Resveratrol, 5-Hydroxytryptamine Phenylpropanoid Amides, Lanosterol, Ergosterol and Cyclolinopeptides"

Jun Jin at Jiangnan University in China and colleagues review new and emerging specialty micronutrients present in edible oils and byproducts common in China (e.g., rapeseed, peanut, flaxseed, tea seed and camellia oils). “This review describes sources, molecular structures, antioxidant and related properties, and applications for micronutrients such as resveratrol, ergosterol, and cyclolinopeptides,” says Senior Associate Editor Douglas G. Hayes. The article will be available for free download through April 15, 2016.

Characteristics of Specialty Natural Micronutrients in Certain Oilseeds and Oils: Plastochromanol-8, Resveratrol, 5-Hydroxytryptamine Phenylpropanoid Amides, Lanosterol, Ergosterol and Cyclolinopeptides. Jun Jin, Gayrat Sheraliev, Dan Xie, Wei Zhang, Qingzhe Jin , Xingguo Wang. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. February 2016, Volume 93, Issue 2, pp 155-170.


The current concern for health has raised the importance of natural micronutrients in edible oils and fats. Different from common micronutrients, e.g., tocopherols, tocotrienols, stigmasterol and sitosterol, new and emerging specialty micronutrients, such as plastochromanol-8, resveratrol, phenylpropanoid amides of 5-hydroxytryptamine, lanosterol, ergosterol and cyclolinopeptides, are becoming increasingly popular among health-conscious people. The first three are phenolic compounds, the forth and fifth sterols, and sixth a peptide. These micronutrients are usually present in certain oils or oilseed-related byproducts, including rapeseed, peanut, flaxseed, tea seed, and camellia oils, and safflower seed cakes, all of which are the highly valuable products of the lipid industry in China nowadays. The first object of this review is to discuss the characteristics of the micronutrients, mainly including their varieties, structures, and sources. Second, the antioxidant activities and indicative functions for oil quality were also analyzed in detail. Third, refining techniques, breeding programs and extraction methods are suggested. Suitable modification treatments of certain micronutrients are also advocated to make them easy to incorporate in other foods.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

AOCS February 2016 Newsletter

AOCS 2016 Governing Board Announced

The 2016-2017 AOCS Governing Board election voting period closed on February 15th and we are pleased to announce the results: Blake Hendrix as President, Neil Widlak as Vice President, Len Sidisky as Secretary, and Gerard Baillely, Roberto Berbesi, Phil Kerr, Grant Mitchell, Magdi Mossoba, and Dilip Nakhasi as Members-at-Large. Board Members will take office on May 3, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, at the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo.

Continuing to serve on the Board are Treasurer, Doug Bibus, Manfred Trautmann as Immediate Past President, and the following Members-at-Large: Eric Decker, Carol Lammi-Keefe, and George Smith.

Inform Feature Article

Will a stick of butter a day keep the doctor away? Contrary to popular opinion about the dangers of dietary fat and saturated fat in particular, high-fat ketogenic diets (KDs) have been shown to have favorable effects on cardiovascular risk factors. This month’s feature article from Inform magazine reviews mounting evidence that KDs may also have therapeutic effects in epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

AOCS Technical News

AOCS Quality Reference Sample Sale
All Quality Reference Samples will be 25% off during the month of February. Stock up while supplies last! Use promo code QRMSALE at checkout. Valid through February 29, 2016. Note: this sale does not include Certified Reference Materials.

NEW One-Day Briefing on Food and Agricultural Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities

Explore key issues affecting all aspects of the food industry, including market trends, production, consumer expectations, and regulations on Monday, May 2, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The non-technical program is designed for senior executives, suppliers, producers, and processors from the food and agricultural sectors. Through lectures and panel discussions, leading industry experts will share insights on the impact and latest trends in:
  • world agriculture
  • global food ingredients
  • the food and agricultural supply chain
  • innovation in agriculture

The session, Challenges and Opportunities Across the Global Food and Agricultural Supply Chain, will take place during the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. View the tentative program schedule (PDF) and register today 

Now Accepting Technology Showcase Abstracts!

World Conference on Fabric and Home Care | October 4-7, 2016 | Singapore
Have exciting research to share? This new program is the perfect platform for industry professionals to share their latest research and will feature a combination of invited and volunteer video presentations in the areas of consumer, product, supply, and technology. Be a part of this innovative approach to sharing technical discoveries! Submit now.

Don't Miss Your Chance to Get Recognized!

The 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is fast approaching. Don’t miss your chance to be recognized by your colleagues for your support of the AOCS Foundation! Learn more about how AOCS recognizes donors who support the development of new products and services. Donate today to ensure you have your lapel in time for Salt Lake City!

AOCS Press News

Free article from Lipids
Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Murphy’s pick for the Lipids paper of the month indicates that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the diet impact adipocyte size in male but not female mice. Kayode A. Balogun and Sukhinder K. Cheema from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, showed that male mice fed a high n-3 diet have reduced expression of the FABP-4 and DGAT-2 genes. This suggests reduced trafficking of fatty acids into adipocytes and decreased formation of triacylglycerols, accounting for the observed reduction in adipocyte size. “This paper provides additional insight into the complex role of n-3 fatty acids in modulating obesity and possibly other co-morbidities, such as metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes,” says Murphy. The article will be available online free of charge, until March 20.

AOCS Recognizes Journal Editors and Reviewers
JAOCS, JSD, and Lipids owe their success to the efforts of our volunteers. AOCS Press is grateful to our volunteer editors and reviewers who contribute their expertise to the time-consuming task of peer reviewing the papers that are submitted to our journals.

For the next few months, we will be featuring an online Wall of Fame (PDF) as a thank you. This month, we recognize the 650+ editors and reviewers of JAOCS. In 2015, JAOCS published nearly 200 articles and received a record number of original submissions. We look forward to their contributions as reviewers again in 2016.

Opportunities to Present Your Research

7th International Soybean Processing and Utilization Conference (USPUC VII) | August 8-10, 2016 | Harbin, China
Hosted by the Northeast Agricultural University, this conference will disseminate information on soybean technologies, including the most recent research and field advances to the international soybean counterparts. The conference will provide a platform for scientists and industry experts to share ideas, innovative technologies, and predictions for the development trends of important issues affecting the soybean industry. Organizers are currently accepting volunteer abstracts.

Visit the website for more information or to submit your abstract.

International Sunflower Oil Quality Symposium | June 1, 2016 | Edirne, Turkey
The International Sunflower Association and the Trakya University are organizing the symposium to present subjects on global sunflower seed and oil production, industry, processing, and trade. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the 19th International Sunflower Conference, May 29 – June 3, 2016. Volunteer abstracts for the symposium are being accepted through February 26, 2016.

Complete details can be found on the conference website.

Division Officers Elections

Please take a minute to vote for the next Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer of any Divisions of which you are a member. If you have any questions or did not receive the email(s) containing the ballot links, please contact Elizabeth Garard. Ballots must be cast by 20:00, USA Central Time, Monday, February 29, 2016. Division membership offers opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals. Visit our website to learn more!

Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
May 1–4, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

World Conference on Fabric and Home Care—Singapore 2016
October 4–7, 2016
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore


Upcoming Industry Meetings 
Industry Event
2nd Food Structure and Functionality Forum Symposium - From Molecules to Functionality
February 28–March 2, 2016
Singex, Singapore
Industry Event
18th Annual Nanotech 2016 Conference & Expo
May 22–25, 2016
Washington D.C., USA
Industry Event
Cleaning Products Latin America 2016
June 21–23, 2016
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Industry Event
OFIC 2016
October 19–21, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Call for posters is now open!

Monday, February 15, 2016

The other “big oil”: New vegetable oils market study provides data needed for business planning

Montreal - The majority of vegetable oil consumed in Canada comes from the two main oilseed crops grown here: soybeans and canola.

But industry’s grip on the exact dimensions of Canada’s vegetable oil market has been slippery at best – due to a host of complicating factors.

Now, new market research sheds some light on the size – and potential – for Canada’s oilseed sector.

Rob Roe, bioproduct commercialization director with Soy 20/20, says an in-depth look at how much vegetable oil is consumed in Canada is long overdue.

As an industry organization with a goal to stimulate and seize new global opportunities for Canadian soybeans, it was important the sector knew exactly what it was working with. That’s why in 2015 Soy 20/20 commissioned a study, “Market View of Food Vegetable Oils and Fats in Canada.”

“It wasn’t a simple question of looking at production, imports and exports,” says Roe. “Industry needed to understand the entire supply chain, to look at all oils and fats and how they’re linked – from salad dressings and baked goods to broader industrial uses and confectionary.”

Josipa Paska, managing director of Fats and Oils Competitive Intelligence, tracked down the data, and presented part one of the two-part study at the 25th Canadian Conference on Fats and Oilseeds held in Quebec City October 5-6.

The conference, presented by the Canadian section of the American Oil Chemists’ Society and the Consortium de recherche et innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec (CRIBIQ), hosted researchers, academics and industry representatives from North America’s fats and oilseeds sector.

How big is big?

“In Canada we process oilseeds into vegetable oils, and we import vegetable oils from other countries – those two streams comprise the Canadian vegetable oil market,” Paska said. “Our market is largely shared among three main categories – food service, industrial food processing, and consumer or grocery products.”

In 2013 a total of just over one million (1,080,885) metric tonnes of vegetable oils were consumed in food in Canada.

Of that total, approximately 20 per cent was soybean oil.

The remaining 50 per cent was comprised of canola (42 per cent) and high oleic low linoleic canola (HOLL – at eight per cent). What’s left? Imported oils and blends from 11 other plants such as palm, olive, coconut and corn.

Paska used a variety of sources in compiling the data, from U.S. and Canadian government and trade association data, published reports, press reports, and information from her extensive network of trade and industry contacts.

The data in the report covers vegetable oils and fats only.

How “healthy” are the oils in Canadian food?

“We’re not doing too badly when it comes to healthy oils,” Paska said. “This makeup is actually pretty good.”

Canola, soy and flax oils – otherwise classified as “omega 3” oils – comprise 62 per cent of the oils in Canadian foods. Corn, cotton and sunflower (“omega 6” oils) make up five per cent, and HOLL, olive and peanut oils (“omega 9” oils) comprise another 12 per cent.

Paska noted HOLL canola oil has a growing presence in Canadian food. In 2010, HOLL canola represented only four per cent of the oil used in Canadian food; by 2013, that had increased to 11.5 per cent.

HOLL oil has gained popularity because it replaces hydrogenated vegetable oils that were once more commonplace in baked goods.

Hydrogenated oils produce a more stable fat (called “trans fats”) that gives products a longer shelf life, but has poor nutritional value.

“Trans fats have greatly diminished and are almost absent from food produced in Canada, but many imported food products from the United States still contain trans fats,” Paska said.

Roe says the increase in HOLL oils is of particular interest to Canada’s soybean industry.

“High oleic canola oil is relatively new, and it is establishing a stronger foothold in the marketplace,” Roe says. “Research shows high oleic soybean oil offers even more stability, and it is poised for Canadian production in the very near future.”

 Why numbers matter

Paska noted there is still plenty of opportunity for Canadian soybean oil.

“Soybean is the Canadian darling,” Paska said. “It’s the second-largest oilseed crop in Canada, and although Ontario is the largest producer, acreage is expanding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and oil processing capacity is expanding in Quebec. And, soybean oil is used almost exclusively in food production.

Soy 20/20 has recently initiated phase two of The Market View of Food Vegetable Oils and Fats in Canada. Roe says that phase involves closer exploration of key segments, and the data is more granular.

“At Soy 20/20, our organization spends a great deal of time with companies helping them define their opportunities,” says Roe. “It’s our business to help qualify opportunities. How big is big? This study is an important tool to help industry, academia, researchers and government to make quality decisions.”


Post Courtesy Lisa McLean for Soy 20/20

Friday, February 12, 2016

Inform article offers energy saving and recovery tips for oilseed processors

AOCS member Farah Skold, a process engineer at Solex Themal Science, writes about the fundamentals of energy savings and recovery in the February issue of Inform magazine. She provides insights on the basic fundamentals governing energy recovery and heat transfer in bulk solids, while also considering the benefits to consumers and communities in locations near oilseed plants. Read the article or the entire issue online, for no charge.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quality Reference Materials on Sale in February!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Start your engines: The 200,000-acre promise

A California tech company is driving towards a piece of the lucrative motor oil market with a clean-running product that outperforms its premium synthetic petroleum counterparts.

The motor oil – which utilizes oil from high oleic soybeans, a crop rich in Omega 9 fatty acids – offers promise to Canadian soybean farmers interested in growing premium beans.

Greg Blake, Senior Vice President of Biosynthetic Technologies, discussed his company’s product at the 25th Canadian Conference on Fats and Oilseeds held in Quebec City October 5-6.

Blake says his company has studied non-food oil products for many years, and its researchers have successfully managed to overcome the challenges associated with using vegetable oil in motor oil and other demanding lubricant applications.

“Vegetable oils are a preferred product because they are renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable, and they have excellent lubricity,” said Blake. “However vegetable oils also present some hurdles. They have been instable, and they haven’t performed as well at cold temperatures – until now.”

A technology turning point

Passenger car motor oil (PCMO) represents nearly half of the 38 million tonne lubricant market worldwide, and it’s a category with very high performance requirements. The company has earned its performance-based certifications for motor oil from various certifying bodies around the world, including the American Petroleum Institute.

“Our motor oil performs – and in many cases outperforms – the petroleum alternative,” Blake says. “The opportunity for this technology is astounding. It has applications in industrial, auto, marine and oil and gas as well.“

Biosynthetic Technologies has developed technology that transforms vegetable oil into a synthetic oil product – one that does not use petroleum. The company has some heavy hitters behind it, including BP and Monsanto.

The company appeared on Soy 20/20’s radar in 2012 says Rob Roe, the organization’s bioproduct commercialization director. Soy 20/20 is an industry organization with a goal to stimulate and seize new global bioscience opportunities for Canadian soybeans.

“We follow a number of companies that are doing innovative and promising work with soybeans,” said Roe. “Motor oil is virtually untapped in the biobased marketplace. The technology  -- to take a vegetable oil and transform it into a synthetic product – represents a turning point for vegetable oils as lubricants, Soy 20/20 wants to help encourage this market for Canadian soybeans.”

Preventing “silent oil spills”

“From an environmental perspective, we have a real opportunity to make a significant impact,” said Blake.

Motor lubricants in use today come from crude. In Canada alone, 400 million litres of motor oil is “lost in use” every year, creating a scenario Blake refers to as “silent oil spills.” Blake said motor oil that leaks from cars is responsible for 40% of water pollution in North America.

“It’s not very often that the product that’s best for the environment is also the best performer technically,” Blake says. “We’ve been able to achieve that here.”

Revving up for production

Biosynthetic Technologies has built a demonstration pilot scale plant in Louisiana, and the company is eying multiple production sites around the world – including one Canadian location in Ontario. Blake notes once building begins, it will extend through two growing seasons before it would be ready to accept soybean oil feedstock.

“I’d say we’ll be ready to go within three years,” Blake said.

If the company sets up one of its production facilities in Ontario, growers could expect a market for the oil from approximately 200,000 acres of soybeans, says Soy 20/20.

The Canadian Conference on Fats and Oilseeds was jointly organized by the Canadian section of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (CAOCS) and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Industrial Bioprocesses in Quebec (CRIBIQ). The conference had a focus on new developments and innovation trends, targeting academic, technical, industrial and commercial audiences.


Post Courtesy Lisa McLean for Soy 20/20