Global seed company Nuseed has agreed to supply French vegetable oils and biofuels producer Saipol with its carinata feedstock, Nuseed announced on 22 July.

The multi-year offtake agreement follows the first commercial Nuseed Carinata shipment to Saipol’s crush plant in Rouen, France in June.

Grown as a cover crop in Argentina, the oilseed will be processed into biofuels by Saipol, a subsidiary of French agro-industrial group Avril.

“Nuseed Carinata is an excellent biofuel feedstock with non-GM high-protein meal,” said Saipol CEO Christophe Beaunoir.

“From seed to the field and to our processing facility, every step is closely managed by Nuseed and independently certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, providing us complete confidence in the quality, supply and the greenhouse gas reduction we can provide.”

“This agreement enables Nuseed to manage annual contract production with growers for the specific volume, quality, and sustainable production needs of Saipol,” Nuseed Global Commercial GM Brent Javra said.

Nuseed, a subsidiary of Australian agricultural chemical firm Nufarm, said it planned to scale up production of carinata in Argentina, with longer-term plans to develop the crop in other South American markets and parts of the world.

The company added carinata to its global portfolio in November 2019, following a successful pilot project in Argentina.