BASF announced early December that it had produced its first commercial quantities of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable raw materials, using patented fermentation technology licensed from California-based Genomatica that uses dextrose as the starting material.
At the beginning of the year, China began levying a consumption tax on imported biodiesel and some types of kerosene, a customs official said, a move aimed at curbing imports of the fuel that have taken the market share from state refiners, Reuters reported in January.
Sugar and ethanol mills in Brazil will probably continue to shut down, Bloomberg reported in December, even after the government raised prices for gasoline, because it will not be enough to lift demand for the competing biofuel.
In January, Bunge North America Inc, a division of Bunge Ltd, sold its stake in a Mississippi ethanol plant in what is likely to be the first in a spate of industry deals amid uncertainty over biofuel use in the USA, Reuters reports.
Biodiesel producers in the Philippines have expanded their capacity by 70.3M litres/year, ahead of the implementation of a higher biodiesel blend in petroleum products, EIN Presswire reported in January.
Global food company Nestlé announced on 28 October that it is reformulating its biggest confectionery brand – the Kit Kat chocolate bar – in the UK and Ireland, to remove 3,800 tonnes of saturated fat from the more than one billion Kit Kat bars sold in the two countries per year.
EU member states voted on 23 October to impose five-year punitive duties on biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia, backing the European Commission (EC)’s view that producers in the two countries are dumping or selling biodiesel at below a fair market or cost price.
Monsanto has contributed US$4.6M to fight ‘Initiative 522’ (I-522), a measure that would require US labelling of genetically engineered foods from 1 July, 2015, according to a 10 September Soyatech news report.
Independent analyst Oleoline has been the latest to warn of a continued global oversupply of fatty alcohols well into the future. In a report written by Dr Brian Rossall, and describing “dramatic developments”, it identifies 1.5M tonnes of additional capacity to be built in “the foreseeable future.”