Tuesday, November 17, 2020

AOCS Corporate Member Spotlight: DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences

Sterling Bollman, the head of Advertising and Sponsorship Sales at AOCS, talked with David Guilfoyle, the Senior Group Manager in the Bakery, Fats and Oils Division of DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences based in Delaware, USA. 

In this conversation, AOCS learned about innovations DuPont has developed and what really sets them apart from their competitors. So, please enjoy our next installment in the Corporate Member Spotlight series and learn more about DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences.

Thanks for joining me David and thanks for continuing our “Corporate Member” series with DuPont. My first question is a basic, background one. What types of products and services does your company provide?

DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences provides technical, functional ingredients to improve and enhance the products that customers are bringing to the marketplace. We are the only food ingredient supplier of in-house global production network of enzymes, probiotics and cultures, plant-based proteins, emulsifiers, hydrocolloids, antimicrobials and antioxidants.

DuPont also provides technical services and training for the use of our ingredients and is available to provide initial start-up of production when using our ingredients. 

Dealing in the nutrition and bioscience field, you must have your fair share of competitors. What would you say sets DuPont apart from others that offer similar products and services?

Most other ingredient suppliers are blending houses and do not manufacture their own ingredient materials. DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences not only manufactures our own ingredients, but we also have a full understanding of how those ingredients work from a molecular level, thus providing a deep-level understanding of how the ingredients function within each of the different application areas. 

DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences is also able to redesign many of the ingredients to fit within the consumer expectations. For example, DuPont manufactures and sells not only the synthetic ingredients that have been used for many years, but we also have a deep understanding for what those ingredients do and how they function. We can manufacture and sell “Clean Label” options from our extensive portfolio as well. 

Thanks for that breakdown! With all the focus on quality, there must be plenty of opportunities for innovation. What’s an innovation you are proud to offer at DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences? 

At DuPont, we recently created and launched a new emulsifier that not only functions better than its counterparts but is also made for sustainability, improving costs at the customer and improving the environment with reduced logistics and storage. The recent innovation is called GRINDSTED® NG-100, which is a non-GMO emulsifier that replaces monoglyceride hydrates.

We also have a new range of enzymes and are continually improving enzyme technology for all application areas within the food industry. The newest range of enzymes has the capacity to replace synthetic ingredients and allow customers to go “Clean Label” in their formulations. In Bakery applications, this is called the POWERBake® 6000 range. 

An emphasis on innovation is incredibly important, especially during these tough times. In what ways has the COVID19 situation affected DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences and what do you foresee being your biggest challenges in the upcoming year?

COVID-19 is an unfortunate situation, globally, and DuPont has been on the forefront to bring solutions across all industries affected by the pandemic. DuPont is the creator and manufacturer of Tyvek®, which protects the healthcare workers on the frontlines of this massive pandemic. 

We have taken measures to protect our employees and customers by requiring PPE in our facilities, plus multiple temperature checks throughout the workday. DuPont takes employee safety very seriously as that is one of the CORE values that we live by daily. COVID-19 has created a unique demand from our customers all the way to the consumers and, so far, our plants continue to operate safely and effectively. 

As far as challenges, DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences always looks forward to the next challenge, as those challenges bring opportunities for solutions. The biggest challenge for us will be the merger with IFF (the food flavorings producer) in early 2021 and that integration will bring loads of new opportunities, not only internally, but also externally for our customers. 

It is good to know that DuPont values employee safety as highly as it does while still being able to provide for your customer base. Thank you so much David for taking time out of your day to speak to me more about your company. This will be a great opportunity for people to learn more about what you do. Before I let you go, I do have one more important question. Why is being a Corporate Member of AOCS important to you? 

Corporate membership with AOCS is incredibly important to Dupont Nutrition and Biosciences! It brings new networking opportunities and allows us to get out in the marketplace with our story about what we do and how we can help companies with solving their problems. Without AOCS, we may not have access to those markets. 

Thanks again for reading and thanks to David Guilfoyle and his colleagues at DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences for taking part in our AOCS Corporate Member Spotlight Series. Make sure to visit their website and learn more information! You can also connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Join us next time to see who we feature next! 

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