In August, in response to a lawsuit filed by Syngenta against Bunge – which refused to accept Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera variety of corn – the US court of federal appeals ruled that “A biotech developer cannot use a century-old warehouse law to force a grain elevator company to accept its genetically engineered corn”.
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has acquired an ownership stake in a second export terminal in the US Pacific Northwest, a vital gateway for US agricultural shipments to Asia, according to a Reuters report.
BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced on 15 September that they had progressed another step in producing acrylic acid from renewable raw materials with the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) to glacial acrylic acid.
Bühler has launched a new horizontal sunflower impact dehuller, the ‘DGBB’, which the company said facilitates optimal extraction results when processing sunflowerseeds, with efficient dehulling and minimised broken seeds.
Sime Darby Bhd has aborted plans to buy a 49% stake in New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL) from Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd, paving the way for Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) to purchase the stake and enter into the Papua New Guinea market for the first time, The Sun Daily reported on 1 October.
The global oils and fats market looks set to be “flooded with soyabeans”, with an extra 35-37M tonnes of production expected in the 2014/15 season, bringing the crop to some 311M tonnes, Thomas Mielke, editor-in-chief of Oil World told the Globoil conference in Mumbai, India on 27-28 September.
The problem of “gutter oil” in Asia continues as news of the latest food scandal emerges involving Taiwanese food oil manufacturer Chang Guann Co, which has led to product recalls in Hong Kong and Taiwan. “Gutter” oil is illegal cooking oil that has been recycled from waste oil or discarded animal parts.
Jan Kees Vis, Unilever’s global director of sustainable sourcing, has received the European Lipid Technologist award, presented to him at the Euro Fed Lipid Congress held from 14-17 September 2014 in Montpellier, France.
Agribusiness giant Olam International has introduced measures to protect its staff and products in Nigeria from the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the worst recorded outbreak of the virus that has so far claimed 2,300 lives in the region.