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Oils & Fats International 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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Safflower

Safflower

Posted October 31, 2014 from issue dated October/November 2014

Nutritionally healthy, safflowerseed oil is gathering interest from the food, biofuel and oleochemical industries, due to its high level of oleic acids and ability to grow in most regions of the world

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Shea butter

Shea butter

Posted September 30, 2015 from issue dated September/October 2015

Rare, naturally grown, traditionally harvested, and with reportedly remarkable moisturising and healing properties, demand for shea butter is growing steadily. OFI looks at what makes shea so special

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Sorghum

Sorghum

Posted February 01, 2015 from issue dated February Biofuels 2013

High yielding and hardy, those in the ethanol industry are taking note of sweet sorghum’s significance as a potential biofuel. With hybrid varieties further increasing yield, is sorghum ‘an important piece’ in the sustainable energy puzzle?

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Speciality fats

Speciality fats

Posted May 24, 2018 from issue dated September/October 2016

Speciality fats, used as replacement fats, include a group called exotic fats that make ideal cocoa butter equivalents and have great potential in the confectionery industry

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Tobacco

Tobacco

Posted February 01, 2015 from issue dated February 2015, Biofuels Issue

The race is on to find a suitable feedstock for aviation biofuel. Industry giants such as Boeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG have teamed up to investigate whether tobacco is a good contender. OFI looks at global research into the crop’s potential to produce biofuel and its various other applications

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