What else? 26th Edition of Foodcom ADDITIVES Newsletter

Author Foodcom
Reading time 7 minut
Publication date 08 February 2023


Evonik invests 25 million euros in methionine production

The company has invested €25 million in the development and expansion of a plant for the raw material from which methionine is produced in Wesseling, Germany. The aim of this major investment is to strengthen the global methionine production network. The methionine produced by Evonik is mainly used for the production of animal feed. In this case, it’s probably the animals who should be most pleased, right?

Fertilizer use in Ukraine is to be reduced by up to 50%

The reduction in fertilizer use for spring sowing is largely due to an increase in fertilizer prices. These changes make it even more difficult to predict the coming harvest, the size of which was already uncertain due to changing weather conditions. In addition, the plight of farmers is further exacerbated by logistics costs and the energy crisis.

French farmers have had enough

Hundreds of tractors have appeared on the streets of Paris in protest. Farmers are protesting environmental regulations that are affecting agricultural production in France. The catalyst for the ongoing protests was a recent EU court ruling that overturned a French regulation allowing sugar beet growers to use a banned insecticide. This has triggered a strong reaction, with growers fearing a further decline in plantings and the closure of sugar factories. Now we just have to wait for the next episode of this sugar-pesticide soap opera…

The Americas

Petrobras is considering resuming construction of a nitrogen fertilizer plant

Construction of a new nitrogen fertilizer plant in the city of Três Lagoas was halted in 2014. Since then, Petrobras has focused almost exclusively on the oil fields, but recently, there has been hope for a change in direction. If the plant is actually completed and put into operation, it will mean a major change not only for the structure of the company, but also for the country, which will become less dependent on imported fertilizers.

ATOME Energy has formed a joint venture with Cavendish

The newly formed company is named National Ammonia Corporation S.A., is owned by Cavendish, and is based in Costa Rica. The goal of the new company is to develop green ammonia and fertilizer projects with a focus on Central America and the Caribbean.

Brazil has ended its tax exemption on imported ethanol

This tax is currently 16%, but is set to increase to 18% starting next year. The United States, the largest ethanol producer in the world and a regular supplier to northeastern Brazil, is most unhappy about this development. Imported ethanol has been tax-free since last March, but the situation has changed after the election of a new president.

Asia & Oceania

Genesis Energy and Fonterra begin collaboration

The New Zealand-based companies have decided to work together to develop locally produced biofuel to replace coal. The two companies have formerly worked separately on biomass development, so they expect the cooperation that has begun to be very fruitful. The goal, they argue, is a sustainable future for New Zealand.

Iran’s livestock industry is in a deep crisis because of feed prices

According to experts, extremely high feed prices have led Iran’s livestock industry into its worst crisis in decades. Since May 2022, feed prices in Iran have increased sevenfold. Many farmers have been forced to slaughter their animals to limit their losses. Although the average price of poultry has more than doubled, this is not enough to compensate for farmers’ losses. The current emergency is the worst Iranian farmers have experienced in years.

An MHA production plant is to be built in the Chinese city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province

NHU and Sinopec ZRCC are behind this project. Work by the two companies on the project began in 2021, and the plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2024. If all goes according to plan, the new plant is expected to become the largest MHA production unit in the world.