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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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Carinata

Carinata

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

Carinata produces an excellent biofuel and its meal can be fed to cattle, but the crop shines best as a feedstock for aviation biofuel. OFI looks at its success in the air and efforts to improve and scale up production

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Cocoa

Cocoa

Posted September 01, 2010 from issue dated September 2010

Increased demand for sustainably produced cocoa has led to new projects in Africa and Latin America to encourage an environmental, economic and responsible approach to production to ensure a steady, long-term supply

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Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Posted January 01, 2015 from issue dated January 2015

Production of coconut oil is on the rise in the lauric oil powerhouses of Southeast Asia, as its purported health benefits have attracted global interest. OFI looks at the numerous uses of coconut and its oil and the worldwide market

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Coconut oil processing

Coconut oil processing

Posted June 04, 2018 from issue dated January 2017

The high content of medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil suggests it can be a unique ‘fat-burning’ functional oil. S P Kochhar looks at how processing can give coconut oil a longer shelf-life and better health aspects

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Commodity trading

Commodity trading

Posted October 09, 2017 from issue dated OFI May 2017

Commodity trading by buying and selling futures and options contracts at futures exchanges forms the lifeline of the oils and fats industry. But how exactly does it all work? 

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Cottonseed

Cottonseed

Posted October 31, 2013 from issue dated October/November 2013

Producing fibre, food and feed, cottonseed is a versatile crop and demand for its oil has boomed since New York banned trans fats from restaurants in 2006. OFI looks at its strengths and weaknesses in a health-conscious world

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