Novozymes collaborates biomass-to-chemicals research in China

Novozymes collaborates for biomass-to-chemicals research in China

1:12 PM, 17th June 2011
Novozymes collaborates for biomass-to-chemicals research in China

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK: Novozymes signed a famework agreement with Meihua Group, a China-based agricultural processor, to jointly develop an enzymatic process turning various agricultural residues into sugar, followed by fermentation to produce amino acids for food additives. If successful, Meihua Group will target to produce glutamic acid, lysine, and threonine, three amino acids commonly used as flavour enhancers and nutritional supplements.

“The intended collaborative research with Meihua Group is another stage in our journey toward a bio-based society in which fossil oil can be substituted by renewable and environmentally friendly energy from biomass,” said Poul Ruben Andersen, Vice President, Bioenergy, Novozymes.

China is the world’s largest consumer of monosodium glutamate (MSG), a common flavour enhancer, with consumption of around 1.8 million ton per year. Meihua Group is a famous brand in China accounting for one fifth of the MSG market. Meihua is now attempting to diversify its raw material supplies for production of MSG and other major amino acids.

China is developing at a fast and the demand for food has outpaced the increase in food supplies, informed Meihua Group. The collaboration will look at innovations for  producing food ingredients and nutrition products.

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