Louis Dreyfus Company LLC opened its new glycerine refinery on 28 September at its soyabean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, USA.

The refinery is the second largest in the USA producing USP-grade kosher refined glycerine, with a capacity of 36,000 tonnes/year, according to World-Grain.

Louis Dreyfus had been marketing crude glycerine, a co-product of biodiesel processing, at Claypool since the plant began operations in 2007, the report said. The new refinery would allow the facility to process all its crude glycerine production into kosher and halal certified (United States Pharmacopeia) USP-food grade glycerine, with a minimum 99.7% purity.

“Our plant produces the highest-quality refined glycerine, meeting the increasing needs of our growing customer network and a glycerine market that is on the rise, as new applications for refined glycerine continue to be discovered across a variety of industries worldwide, including personal care, pharmaceuticals, food manufacturing, health care, automotive, chemical and textiles,” said Sean Doyle, regional head of oilseeds for North America at Louis Dreyfus.

The Claypool facility was on the Norfolk Southern railroad and had the capability to load refined glycerine into trucks as well as tanker railcars, World-Grain said. Louis Dreyfus also had leased specialised, lined tank cars to ship refined glycerine to customers, and built additional onsite storage capacity to support refinery operations.

Louis Dreyfus is one of the ‘ABCD’ quartet of companies – alongside Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Cargill – that dominates world agricultural commodity trading.

The French global conglomerate – headquarter in Amsterdam – is involved in agriculture, oil, energy and commodities, as well as international shipping.