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Oils & Fats International Issue | OFI May 2018

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Our May 2018 issue looks at the recovery of the Russian oils and fats industry since the country’s financial crisis in the second half of 2014.

We examine the crucial role that catalysts play in oils and fats hydrogenation. We also look at how enzymes  – nature’s catalysts – are used in edible oil extraction, refining and modification.

On the subject of value addition, we report on how a US synthetic biology company is building the world’s first bio-based dodecanedioic acid plant in Malaysia, which will utilise byproducts of palm oil processing to produce renewable chemicals.

The challenges facing margarine manufacturers who wish to go palm oil free is explained by emulsifier and stabiliser supplier Palsgaard.

We look at the five largest edible oil ports in India and how they plan to keep up with growing imports brought on by an increasingly wealthy and growing population.

And we report on the latest news, views and prices from the recent Price Outlook Conference (POC) in Malaysia.

The May issue also includes OFI’s regular mix of news, event listings and statistics.

Bonus distributions of this issue will be made at the:

  • IGC Grains Conference, London, UK, 19-20 June 2018
  • European Fat Processors & Renderers Association (EFPRA) Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 20-23 June 2018


May 2018 highlights

Editor’s Comment

Trump, trade and tariffs


Biofuel News

Biotech News

Transport & Logistics News

Renewable Materials News

Diary of Events




Clouds over Russian sun


Crucial ingredient in hydrogenation process

Boosting palm oil extraction rates

Value addition

Yeast transforms palm byproducts

Trading & price forecasting

Reaching a crossroads

Margarine and spreads

Going palm free

Transport & logistics

India’s ports and imports

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In next months issue:

  • Bleaching Earths – Current processing issues related to bleaching including 3-MCPD and GE formation and measures to minimise or eliminate the problem
  • Africa – Rabobank looks at who will meet Africa’s growing demand for vegetable oils and what these oils will consist of 
  • Packaging – OFI looks at different packaging materials for oils and fats and factors affecting product quality
  • OFI Annual Plant & Technology Guide and company listings


Bonus circulation

  • IGC Grains Conference, London, UK, 19-20 June 2018
  • 15th Oleochem Outlook, Hangzhou, China, 12-13 July 2018