Saturday, March 24, 2012

Processing Division Newsletter Highlights

 AOCS Processing Division News

Processing-Related Articles inform

March 8, 2012
Sustainable palm oil use is expected to double this year
Demand and awareness have increased in the last year.

February 28, 2012
Fungus found to effectively produce lipids for oil production
U.S.-based scientists have discovered a fungus that converts some sugars and algae biomass to lipids for use as biodiesel.

February 24, 2012
Biobased lubricants gain ground as petroleum-based alternative
Biobased lubricants from vegetable oils are gaining market share as cost-effectiveness and biodegradability boost demand.

February 23, 2012
Agriculture accounts for 92% of freshwater use
The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the U.S. is the third-largest consumer of freshwater after China and India.

February 22, 2012
Canola enthusiasm increases
Demand for and production of canola is on the rise as the oil is used as a healthful food ingredient and biodiesel feedstock.

February 21, 2012
Soy industry considers options after third health-claim rejection
The European Food Safety Authority has rejected a health claim that soy helps reduce cholesterol levels.

February 14, 2012
Outlook is poor for Indian oilseed production
Poor and inconsistent rain is being blamed for the decrease.

February 13, 2012
Lard goes from everything to nothing in 100 years
At the beginning of the 20th century, lard was used to cook all kinds of foods.

February 10, 2012
EU's rules on airline fuel take effect, could spur U.S. biofuels
The carbon-trading program for jet fuels has taken effect in Europe, which will affect U.S. airliners and could prove a benefit to that nation's advanced-biofuels industry.

February 9, 2012
Canada halted program aimed at restricting trans fats
A Canadian official rejected a plan in 2009 to restrict trans fats in food products, according to government records.

February 8, 2012
As China grows, so does the need for understanding its innovation
China is quickly becoming a powerful player in innovation and technology development, but it has yet to experience a full innovation revolution.

February 7, 2012
U.K. chief scientist supports use of biotech crops
Biotech crops can help solve agricultural problems and prevent global food shortages.

February 6, 2012
Palm oil biodiesel doesn't meet EPA greenhouse-gas standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected renewable-fuel status for palm oil-based biofuels.

January 31, 2012
Natural trans fats cause few bad effects, study says
Women on a diet of large amounts of natural trans fats had no change in levels of LDL cholesterol, a small study suggests.

January 30, 2012
Carnivorous cloth: The next disruptive technology?
The researchers at UC Berkeley have created a living fabric.

January 27, 2012
AlgaeBio plans spring launch of algal fatty acids
Canada-based Algae Biosciences plans to commercialize algal omega-3 fatty acids by April instead of its target of this month.

January 25, 2012
Spain pushes for uniform quality standards on olive oil
A regional agriculture minister in Spain announced the creation of a working group to review regulations relating to olive oil quality.

January 23, 2012
Quarterly earnings drop 88% for Cargill
The company's $100 million in earnings were against $832 million in 2010.

January 20, 2012
2012 will be a year to endure, says C&EN
Expiring patents on products for the pharmaceutical industry and global economic woes will hamper growth.

January 19, 2012
USDA expects higher oilseed supply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Oil Crops Outlook for January was optimistic on oilseed supplies.

January 18, 2012
Restaurants' old oil is a target for thieves
Used fryer oil used to be a headache for restaurants, which had to pay to have it hauled away, but trash has turned to treasure amid a rising demand for biofuels, and thieves have made the stuff a prime target.

January 16, 2012
Dry heat is affecting South American soybean output
The weather is affecting output in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

January 13, 2012
Writing clinic for scientists
Technical writing skills are vital at any stage of one's career; polishing those skills can only heighten the level of your work.

January 11, 2012
Cargill re-examines practices after layoffs
Cargill is laying off up to 2,000 employees and said it must adapt to conditions and "agile" competitors.

January 9, 2012
Construction to begin on U.S. oilseed-processing plant
The company hopes to open the facility in early 2013.

January 4, 2012
Indonesia palm oil production to grow in 2012
The growth is expected despite weaker demand from China and India.

December 19, 2011
Omega-3 fatty acids may cut heart risks in diabetes patients
Researchers said n-3 fatty acid supplementation also appeared to have protective properties against cardiac arrest.

December 16, 2011
European regulators reject health claims of vegetable oil replacement
The European Food Safety Authority has rejected health claims made by three separate food products.

December 15, 2011
P&G chief wants to upgrade company's technology capabilities
The upgrade would affect every aspect of the company.

December 14, 2011
The food industry is being urged to be proactive regarding nanotechnology use
The science can help with flavor delivery and pinpointing bacteria in packaging, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been slow to act on regulations.

December 12, 2011
Researchers grapple with water-in-oil-in-water emulsions
Canadian researchers have developed a double emulsion containing gelatin and sodium chloride to test for controlled-release food applications.

December 9, 2011
Cargill announces 2,000 layoffs
The layoffs follow back-to-back quarters of declining profits.

December 8, 2011
U.S. market may not have room for palm-based biodiesel
"The United States is frankly very competitive for biodiesel, and it's going to be hard to justify for palm oil when it costs over $900 a ton."

December 7, 2011
Companies lag on switching to sustainable palm oil sources
Companies that agreed to switch to sustainable palm oil are sourcing just 47% from suppliers with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification.

December 5, 2011
DuPont, Evogene work to create disease-resistant soybean strain
DuPont has entered into a research collaboration with Evogene to develop a strain of soybeans resistant to soybean rust.

December 2, 2011
UC Davis Olive Center quickly becomes an industry player
The University of California at Davis Olive Center has quickly turned the olive oil industry on its ear with two studies on the purity of oil labeled extra virgin.

November 30, 2011
New Canadian biodiesel plant will use canola resources
Construction should begin early next year.

November 29, 2011
In the market for a "vibrant chemistry career"?
The next free webinar from the American Chemical Society aims to help you secure and nurture a "vibrant chemistry career in the 21st century."

November 25, 2011
Scientists look at ways to increase canola production
The use of molecular breeding can help bolster canola oil production.

November 24, 2011
Oilseed byproducts could gain new purpose
Food and pharmaceutical industries are among those that could benefit from the extraction of vegetable proteins from oilseed byproducts.

November 23, 2011
Cooking-oil stocks are on the decline
Inventories as calculated by days of supply for the nine leading cooking oils will fall to their lowest levels since 1975.

November 15, 2011
Syria's olive oil yield is expected to withstand political unrest
Amid political unrest, Syria will likely produce a record crop of olive oil.

November 14, 2011
Food-ingredient suppliers search for fat, sugar alternatives
Food companies these days spend heavily on research to cut fat from products while keeping food flavor.

November 11, 2011
Companies seek to develop next-generation canola oil
Cargill and BASF are seeking to genetically modify canola plants to produce the nutritionally important long-chain eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic fatty acids.

November 10, 2011
Researchers study cyclodextrin as alternative to Lorenzo's Oil
The compound cyclodextrin, a treatment for the rare disease Niemann-Pick Type C, is also being tested for conditions including Alzheimer's disease and the HIV virus.

November 9, 2011
Oilseeds giant Bunge jumps into palm oil market
Bunge is the global leader in oilseeds processing, and it is now targeting palm oil.

November 8, 2011
Algae industry faces pitfalls in quest for alternative fuels
The Algal Biomass Organization's recent summit in Minneapolis highlighted many of the struggles the industry is facing in finding an identity and securing investors.

November 7, 2011
Malaysia spots palm oil industry as area of key economic growth
The man tapped to transform Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 has identified palm oil as one of 12 industries that will drive growth.

November 4, 2011
Makers of algal flour hope to launch product in 2012
Makers of flour derived from microalgae said a French facility to produce the food ingredient should be operational next year.

November 1, 2011
Olive oil byproduct proves to be a useful energy resource
Pomace, the solid waste left over from the olive kernel after oil is extracted, continues to hold many alternative-energy uses.

October 31, 2011
Low-fat diets lose their luster
Consumers are turning away from low-fat diets as they learn that some fats and oils provide health benefits.

October 24, 2011
Free webinar on biosurfactants
Learn about bio-based surfactants from a panel of experts led by Douglas G. Hayes, co-editor of "Biobased Surfactants and Detergents: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications".

October 21, 2011
Genetically modified ingredients are in "natural" foods
A nonprofit group's study of cereals says that many brands labeled "natural" are made, in part, from genetically modified ingredients, including soy.

October 18, 2011
Certified-sustainable palm oil sees market growth
Demand for certified sustainable palm oil is posting long-term and short-term gains.

October 13, 2011
Sustainability in palm oil is a priority
The palm oil industry should continue efforts to become more sustainable amid criticisms of its production processes, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of Malaysia.


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