April 4, 2011
COPENHAGEN, DenmarkDanisco now has the rights to market pine-derived phytosterols from U.S.-based Arboris, according to a long-term agreement signed by both companies. Arboris large-scale production and integrated access to pine tall oil, the key raw material, will provide Danisco with high-purity, free and esterified phytosterols.
The phytosterols produced by Arboris are also derived from a more stable raw material source compared to the alternative phytosterol raw materialsoy deodorized distillateensuring sustainable growth opportunities. Danisco will brand and market free and esterified phytosterols.
The global phytosterol market, currently estimated at more than USD 300 million and growing an annual 7 percent to 9 percent, will receive a significant boost through this agreement, according to Danisco.
While markets in Europe and, to some extent, the United States, have seen good penetration, many parts of Asia, Eastern Europe and South America have yet to experience a broader adoption of phytosterols," said Patrick Veau, vice president health and nutrition, Danisco. Daniscos global presence and strong application know-how, combined with Arboris ability to supply high-quality products, will ensure no country needs to miss out on one of the most effective functional food ingredients to lower cholesterol."
Peter Acton, COO Arboris, added, As the leading manufacturer of pine-derived sterols, our focus is on providing a high-quality, sustainable and dependable supply of sterols. Working with Danisco, a leading ingredient supplier, enables us to combine our expertise and secure sustained growth and recognition within phytosterols."
Danisco will launch the new phytosterol range in May 2011.
Phytosterols are naturally occurring compounds with proven ability to reduce cholesterol. Backed by more than 200 human intervention studies, regulatory authorities globally have recognized phytosterols for their cardiovascular health benefit.
Arboris LLC has plants in Savannah, GA, and Newark, Ohio. Both plants embody advanced process technology, state-of-the-art equipment and controls, and qualified and experienced operators and technicians.
Danisco markets food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions and delivers bio-based ingredients that meet market demand for healthier and safer products. Daniscos ingredients are used globally in a wide range of industriesfrom bakery, dairy and beverages to animal feed, laundry detergents and bioethanolto enable functional, economic and sustainable solutions. The company is headquartered in Denmark and operating from more than 80 locations.
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