Novasep Process, Danisco derive betaine from sugarbeet ethanol vinasse

December 16, 2010 |

In Denmark, Novasep Process and Danisco announced the scale-up of an innovative process for the production of natural betaine. The plant will be the first to exploit a new extraction process using vinasse, a byproduct of sugar-beet-derived bioethanol. Its use will enable Danisco to substantially increase the availability of natural betaine, which is globally used as a technical animal feed ingredient and currently in short supply.

Until now, it was possible to extract natural betaine only from sugar-beet molasses, a side stream of sugar production. The new process will be increasingly valuable as the increase of the bioethanol production using beets will generate more and more vinasses.

Danisco and Novasep will provide technological support for the betaine production plant with De Smet Engineers and Contractors, being in charge of building construction, erection services and auxiliaries supply of the new development. Tereos, a world player in sugar, starch and bioethanol production, will supply the vinasses and operate the plant at its facility in Origny, France.

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