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Growing demand for kenaf seed oil forecast

April 29, 2019

The kenaf seed oil market is expected to grow in 2019-2027, with global sales poised to surpass 27,000 tonnes in 2019, thanks to increasing demand for the product in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, food and biofuels.


China to review anti-dumping measures on US distillers grains

April 26, 2019

China's Ministry of Commerce has confirmed that it will start reviewing its anti-dumping tariffs on US imports of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), a byproduct of biofuel production used as a feed ingredient, Reuters reported on 15 April.


Danimer canola biopolymer plant to open in September

April 25, 2019

US bioplastics producer Danimer Scientific – which produces a polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymer from canola oil – says its new manufacturing plant in Kentucky, USA is expected to open in September, the Western Producer reported on 4 April.


Barry Callebaut pledges sustainable coconut oil use following new roundtable meeting

April 25, 2019

Global cocoa and chocolate products leader Barry Callebaut has pledged to use sustainable coconut oil as part of its Forever Chocolate commitment for 100% sustainable ingredients by 2025.


New ‘bee safe’ pesticides may still cause harm

April 24, 2019

New pesticides regarded as safe for bees could be causing harm to these vital pollinators when combined with fungicides being applied to crops, reported the Independent newspaper on 11 April.


GrainCorp creates new grains and edible oils business

April 23, 2019

Australia’s GrainCorp will be spinning off its malting business and integrating its grains and edible oils operations into a new business called New GrainCorp.


Bayer loses court case against French farmer

April 22, 2019

Just days after German pharmaceutical group Bayer lost its first Roundup weedkiller cancer test case in the USA, a French appeals court has ruled in favour of a French farmer who claimed to have been poisoned by a different herbicide owned by the company.


Vantage Specialty Chemicals to buy Textron natural oils business

April 19, 2019

US-headquartered Vantage Specialty Chemicals has agreed to buy Textron Plimon SLU, a leading producer and processor of natural oils for the personal care, food and chemical industries.


Trade dispute reduces US soyabean area

April 18, 2019

The US soyabean area this year is expected to drop 2M ha to total 34.3M ha as a result of US farmers planting less of the crop, Germany’s oil and protein plants association, UFOP, reported on 4 April.


Scientists Map Risk of Exposure to Xylella

April 17, 2019

The Xylella fastidiosa bacterium that has wreaked havoc in Italy’s olive groves could also spread to Spain and other countries with a temperate climate, according to a study from Spain’s University of Málaga.


AFGRI Group to expand grain and commodity storage platform

April 16, 2019

South Africa’s AFGRI Group Holdings (AGH) is creating a commodity/grain storage platform to expand the country’s current storage capacity from some 4.7M tonnes to 6M tonnes in the near future.