company logo
alt

Oils & Fats International Backgrounders

This new section features a selection of articles we have published in the past few years. The articles provide useful background information, particularly on feedstocks, and we will be adding to it regularly


Please choose how you would like Backgrounders to be listed.


3-MCPD and GE: A new challenge

3-MCPD and GE: A new challenge

Posted January 27, 2017 from issue dated September/October 2016

Certain processing techniques are now known to cause the occurrence of 3-MCPD, 2-MCPD and GE in edible oils and various strategies are being adopted to minimise their formation within the bleaching and deodorising process. Dr Marc Kellens and Dr Wim De Greyt of Desmet write

Download PDF: 3-MCPD and GE: A new challenge

Ahiflower

Ahiflower

Posted August 02, 2016 from issue dated July/August 2016

Fish oil contains the highest amount of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, but is unsustainable and unsuitable for vegetarians. OFI looks at whether Ahiflower oil, which has been selectively bred to contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty-acid SDA, might be a viable alternative

Download PDF: Ahiflower

Algae

Algae

Posted August 29, 2013 from issue dated August/September 2013

Commercial-scale production of algae is not yet feasible as it places an unsustainable demand on energy, water and nutrients. Further research and development is needed to develop higher yielding strains and better energy returns

Download PDF: Algae

Bleaching earths

Bleaching earths

Posted July 06, 2016 from issue dated June 2016

Bleaching earths, used as part of the process that removes impurities from edible oils prior to final application, are a fast growing market that is estimated to be worth US$3.59bn by 2022

Download PDF: Bleaching earths

Camelina

Camelina

Posted February 03, 2014 from issue dated February Biofuels Issue 2014

Camelina sativa – an oilseed flowering plant that originated in northern Europe – is known by many names: gold-of-pleasure, false flax, wild flax and German sesame. Cultivated as far back as the Bronze Age, the biofuel industry is focusing on the potential of its oil as a source for renewable jet fuel

Download PDF: Camelina

Carinata

Carinata

Posted February 02, 2015 from issue dated February 2015, Biofuels Issue

Carinata produces an excellent biofuel and its meal can be fed to cattle, but the crop shines best as a feedstock for aviation biofuel. OFI looks at its success in the air and efforts to improve and scale up production

Download PDF: Carinata