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Oils & Fats International Magazine Backgrounders

This new section features a selection of articles we have published in the past few years. The articles provide useful background information, particularly on feedstocks, and we will be adding to it regularly


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Encapsulation

Encapsulation

Posted March 01, 2013 from issue dated March 2013

The food industry is interested in incorporating bioactive ingredients in their products. These ingredients need to be protected from degradation and undesirable interactions with food components, and cannot usually be added directly to food without compromising food quality. Nano- and micro-encapsulation offer solutions to these problems

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Flaxseed

Flaxseed

Posted October 31, 2012 from issue dated October/November 2012

The discovery of the genetically modified ‘Triffid’ gene in flaxseed exported from Canada to the EU could have devastated the Canadian flaxseed industry. Since 2009, farmers have struggled to regain profits and reputation as organic growers. As a result of rigourous testing and inspection, the Triffid gene has been virtually eliminated. Along with increased yields, this suggests a positive outlook for the future

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Freak feedstocks

Freak feedstocks

Posted February 02, 2015 from issue dated February 2015, Biofuels Issue

In a bid to secure renewable sources of energy, scientists are investigating ever stranger biofuel feedstocks. Fungus, human fat, rabbit corpses – these are just some of the ideas of recent years. OFI looks at the viability and commercialisation of these unexpected feedstocks

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Halophytes

Halophytes

Posted June 02, 2014 from issue dated June Biofuels Issue 2014

Are salt-tolerant halophytes the answer to an aviation industry increasingly focused on renewable fuels? OFI looks at this “game changer” in the biofuels industry and how an ecosystem could be put in place to make it even more sustainable

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Hemp

Hemp

Posted July 31, 2015 from issue dated July/August 2015

Is it a drug? Is an energy crop? The growing of hemp is controversial due to its association with cannabis. OFI assesses the properties of hemp seed and oil and the strict regulations surrounding the crop

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Infant formulae fats

Infant formulae fats

Posted September 01, 2011 from issue dated September 2011

From the use of animal fats such as lard to palm oil, and triglycerides produced by enzyme technology, the development of fats for infant formulae continues

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