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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 61, April 2017

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 04/04/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


There’s nothing fishy about this month’s news, which, considering it concerns fish-oils, is remarkable! We are all told by diet experts that Omega-3 is important for a healthy metabolism, and up until this point humans (who can’t synthesise it themselves) have sourced this fatty acid from fish oil. There is, however, a problem here, firstly in that it contributes to depletion of fish stocks, but secondly (and perhaps more significantly) because 75% of fish oil is used as......

Other News this Month Includes:


  • USDA programme promises assistance with biorefinery
  • Sustainability checklist published for food packaging
  • European Parliament vote on waste legislation welcomed by bioplastics industry


  • Zion Market Research - Biobased Emulsion Polymer market
  • Croda marks record profits in 2016
  • €106 million fund for bioeconomy startups
  • Corbion's 2016 results show decreases
  • Global Bioplastic Market according to Morder Intelligence
  • Cargill completes refinery plant sale
  • Avantium shares highly popular on the market

Research & Development

  • BioBTX announce establishment of plants in Netherlands
  • Improvement to biobased methacrylic acid production
  • Development of biobased polyesters
  • Hydrogen from biomass with light


  • A review on new bio-based constituents for natural fibre-polymer composites
  • Total Corbion begins PLA production
  • Bio-On to build PHA plant in Bologna
  • FKuR's Bio-Flex now up to 40% biobased


  • Greenyug's Ethyl Acetate to hit the market
  • Levulinic acid project launched by Bio-On and Sadam
  • Omega-3 from algae instead of fish

Consumer Products

  • Biobased artificial grass
  • Danone and Nestle to develop biobased water bottles
  • Biodegradable resins for PepsiCo's packaging
  • First ever Spider Silk product is a necktie
  • Solegear and Braskem to produce recycling containers
  • Biobased plastic packaging for kids' snacks


  • European Funding for Bio-Based Industries, London, 3rd May 2017
  • FDI Expo, London, 17th – 18th May 2017
  • Bio-Based Live 2017, Amsterdam, 31st May - 1st June 2017
  • 13th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries, Wroclaw, 7th – 9th June 2017
  • EFIB 2017, Brussels, 9th - 11th October 2017
  • European Bioplastics Conference, Berlin, 28th – 29th November 2017

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