Wilmar International has finalized a deal to acquire Cargill's edible oil facilities in Kuantan, Malaysia, by the end of 2018. The purchase includes a palm oil refinery and a storage facility.
TerraVia's algae products will help Corbion expand its antimicrobial meat ingredient and bakery ingredient segments and bring down the cost of algae-based ingredients to compete with palm kernel oil, says Corbion CEO Tjerk de Ruiter. "This technology will replace specific fractions of palm kernel that are much higher valued," says de Ruiter.
Researchers have discovered a positive connection between moderate fish consumption during pregnancy and language and communication skills in young children, which disappears with increased seafood intake. This indicates that for higher intake, the effects of mercury begin to outweigh the beneficial effects of the seafood, the researchers said.
Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids -- including linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, gamma-linolenic acid and dihomo-γ-linolenic acid -- show no association with low-grade inflammation in men between the ages of 42 and 60, according to a data review. "In contrast, the main n-6 PUFA, LA, had a strong inverse association with the key inflammation marker, CRP," wrote lead author Jyrki Virtanen.
BASF is partnering with Diem Labs to produce a "first-to-the-market" medical food product in the US. It is aimed at patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and was developed in BASF's business unit that deals with omega-3 chemistry.
The US, Mexico and Canada were unable to reconcile major differences during the fifth round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said, "Thus far, we have seen no evidence that Canada or Mexico are willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement."
Akzo Nobel has stopped discussing a merger with Axalta Coating Systems and will focus on independent growth, according to Akzo Nobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker. Nippon Paint Holdings has reportedly bid for Axalta.
Demand for flexible packaging in Mexico is driving Dow Chemical's polyethylene resin sales, said executive Paloma Alonso. She said Dow is using DuPont's ethylene copolymers, and pouches remain "a big growth area" in Latin America.
China may be forced to curtail production at chemical facilities to meet its air-quality targets, a shift that would benefit chemical companies in Europe and the US, according to research firm UBS.
Industrial companies will realize better content marketing results by doing simple things such as maintaining their websites and regularly adding content, Dianna Huff writes. Search engine optimization is important, but companies should try other means of reaching targets, such as an email newsletter, she writes.
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