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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 100, July 2020

Category: biobased
Published: 09/07/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Lactic acid can be made chemically, but most often is made via biotechnological routes – the anaerobic fermentation of sugars – which requires a lactic acid producing bacteria. Praj Industries, who offer technology for lactic acid production, have signed a memorandum of understanding with Lygos to develop their proprietary yeast platform for lactic acid production using Praj’s technology for process optimisation and scale-up.
Lactic acid can be used in a variety of industries – in food as a preservative, in personal care for creams and lotions and in pharmaceuticals. It can be processed into polylactic acid (PLA), an industrially compostable plastic used in a variety of applications including food packaging. Lactic acid can also be used as a platform molecule for the production of various other useful chemicals. Using a fermentation product from biobased sugars as a building block for other chemicals is a way in which to increase the biobased content of a wider market of chemicals.
One such chemical is........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • BBIA joins call for oxodegradable ban
  • Interpretation of EU directive concern


  • Praj and Lygos to develop PLA yeast

Research & Development

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation receives €100 million grant
  • Towards biobased fire-resistant composite
  • WRAP lays out 6 steps for circular growth​


  • UPM launches Forest Film PE
  • Collaboration for renewable polycarbonates
  • UPM sites hold ISCC certification
  • New Avantium plant​


  • CO2 to care products
  • Biobased acrylic acid innovation
  • Brontide distributor in US announced
  • Catalysed production of aromatics derived from biomass​

Consumer Products

  • Cutlery to be made biobased
  • Clariant polymers achieve certification
  • New biobased and renewables team at Sulzer​



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