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The Green Lab, a place of knowledge and expertise

In the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Lesaffre holds its Industrial Pilot Plant, the Green Lab was established in December 2017. Since then, we have been carrying out lab scale fermentation trials, driving optimization efforts in propagation and fermentation to improve yield and productivity, and studying stress factors affecting fermentation, with the ambition of supporting our partners and our clients. A bridge between customer service and R&D The Green…

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Sustainable materials – strong corporate ambitions driving innovation

Numerous industrial groups are setting ambitious goals to reduce their environmental footprint. Most often, this involves reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, but some go further by aiming for 100% sustainable production.  This is, for instance, the case of LEGO which aims to make all its bricks sustainable by 2030, without compromising quality or safety. Michelin also wants to significantly increase the sustainable materials rate in its products: 40% by 2030, then 100% sustainable materials by 2050.   To reach these objectives, companies are exploring…

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How to choose the ethanol yeast?

Yeast is a key element in industrial ethanol production and each cell works like a production unit. From fermentable materials, yeast produces the major product ethanol and several co-products, such as CO2 and glycerol. As in the case of the production unit, the choice of yeast is an important technological decision that will have a direct impact on the plant’s performance. An ethanol yeast adapted to your raw materials Industrial…

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Molly Sproston joins Leaf as Research Associate at Green Lab

It gives us immense pleasure to welcome on board Molly Sproston, who has joined Lesaffre on October 2020 at Cedar Rapids, IA, USA as Research Associate at Green Lab, Leaf’s application laboratory. Discover Molly through her 6 questions portrait 10 – Can you briefly explain your work position? I work in Green lab in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we conduct application trials to understand and evaluate the performance of Leaf products…

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Success story – 10 years of collaboration with the Catalysts Group in India

India is the third largest petroleum consumer in the world. Growing population and rapid socio-economic development has spurred an increase in car transportation and gasoline consumption. Given limited domestic energy resources, most energy requirements are met through imports. That’s why since 2003, the Government of India mandated the use of 5% ethanol blend in petrol through its ambitious Ethanol Blending Program (EBP). In 2011, Leaf entered into the industrial ethanol…

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What is Yeast?

Yeast is a key element in the production of industrial ethanol, but do you know the specificities of this microorganism? Yeast is a unicellular fungus Yeast belongs to the family of the fungi. It consists of a large and diverse group of eukaryotic organisms, i.e. they possess organelles that divide the cell space into specialized compartments. The nucleus, for example, contains their genetic heritage (DNA). Fungi are heterotrophic in nature,…

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High school students in rural area discover the beet ethanol industry

As part of a partnership project with a high school in the north of France, Leaf participated in introducing teenagers to industrial beet processing into various products. The students in the school’s science classes were involved in a “Science Festival” project, the theme of which this year was “Man and Nature”. With a focus on agriculture in northern France, of which sugar beet is a flagship agricultural product, the study…

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Sibabrata Mukherjee joins Leaf as Technical Service Representative India

It gives us immense pleasure to welcome on board Dr Sibabrata Mukherjee, who has joined Lesaffre on March 2020 at Bangalore as Technical Service Representative India for Leaf Business Unit and shall be catering in industrial ethanol distilleries across India. In his role, Sibabrata will lead the technical services in India which includes visit customers for technical meetings, plant and process audit, diagnosis of the fermentation related problems, mining the…

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Information – Covid-19

Marcq-en-Baroeul, France – March 19, 2020 Dear clients, partners and friends, There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of all. We share your concerns about the spread of Covid-19 around the world. Based in 51 countries, our global presence allows us to be as close as possible to the evolution of the situation, to take the most appropriate measures locally in order to protect our…

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