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Barry Callebaut to use segregated certified palm oil

April 19, 2013

Leading cocoa and chocolate products manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, announced on 23 February that it would use fully segregated certified sustainable palm oil for compounds and fillings in all its European factories starting from January.


Brazil increases ethanol blend as sugarcane output grows

April 19, 2013

The Brazilian government has published an official notice that the mandatory blend level for anhydrous ethanol into gasoline will be increased from 20% to 25% from 1 May.


EC fails to ban pesticide linked to decline in bees

April 19, 2013

A European Commission (EC) attempt to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, due to their alleged harmful links to bees, failed on 15 March because EU member states failed to reach a majority vote.


Vopak expands at Vlaardingen

April 19, 2013

The first of 52 new tanks which are part of Vopak’s expansion of its liquid tank storage terminal at Vlaardingen, The Netherlands, arrived at the company’s quayside in February.


Heinz sold off in US$28bn takeover

March 21, 2013

Investment guru Warren Buffet – known as the world’s most successful investor – has teamed up with private equity firm 3G Capital to buy H J Heinz Co for US$28bn in one of the biggest food acquisitions ever.


EPA fans flames with latest standard for cellulosic biofuels

March 21, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its renewable fuel standards for 2013 at the end of January.



Ceres plans logistics hub in Canada

March 21, 2013

Ceres Global Ag Corp announced plans in February to build a US$90M commodity logistics hub at Northgate Saskatchewan, Canada, that will connect directly to BNSF Railway’s 32,000 mile (51,499km) rail network in North America.


ENI to convert Venice plant into biorefinery for biofuels

March 21, 2013

ENI – Italy’s largest energy producer – is converting its Venice refinery (pictured) into a biorefinery to produce innovative and high quality biofuels.


Raizen plans second-generation ethanol production from 2014

February 12, 2013

Brazil’s Raizen, the joint venture of sugar producer Cosan and Royal-Dutch Shell, will begin commercial production of second-generation ethanol beginning in 2014, Reuters reports.


Indonesia looks at boosting biofuel production

February 12, 2013

Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, is mulling a move to boost biodiesel production to manage abundant local supplies, The Jakarta Post reported in January.