KBK Biotech Distillery

Success story – Working with KBK Biotech to increase distillery’s efficiency

In 2019, KBK Biotech started a grain-based distillery with a 69 KLPD operation capacity. It was commissioned with Ethanol Red®.  KBK Biotech has for main objective to increase Fermentation Efficiency. From the beginning of this collaboration, our  technical service team committed to create further value in order to maximize KBK Biotech’s profitability through continuous industrial performances improvement. Mr Sudhakar, KBK’s General Manager, communicates  the necessary information – such as…

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How does fermentation stress affect plant profitability? – Through the study of industrial ethanol production

Like all biochemical processes, we can evaluate fermentation performance using the following 3 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): productivity, yield and titer. These 3 KPIs have a direct impact on industrial ethanol production cost and thus plant profitability. All fermentation stresses leading to an impact on one or several of these KPIs will also impact plant profitability. Therefore, understanding the fermentation stresses that influence performances in an industrial ethanol plant is…

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Romain Fromanger is appointed Industrial Fermentation Expert for Europe and Asia

It gives us immense pleasure to announce that Romain Fromanger has been appointed Industrial Fermentation Expert for Europe and Asia. After being Leaf’s Technical Sales Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa for over 7 years, Romain is ready to take on new challenges to better serve our partners! Thanks to his past experience, Romain has a deep knowledge of various feedstocks, of fermentation processes and of industrial ethanol plants’…

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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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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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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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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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Lesaffre inaugurate a new drying facility in Alabama and celebrate the launch of Leaf’s new bioengineered yeast for ethanol production .

On Tuesday, January 10, Antoine BAULE, CEO of Lesaffre, Thomas Benner, President and CEO at Lesaffre Yeast Corporation LLC and Red Star Yeast, and Didier Masy, General Manager of Leaf – Lesaffre Advanced Fermentations, inaugurate the new Lesaffre Yeast Corporation drying facility in Headland, Alabama and celebrate the launch of Leaf’s new bioengineered yeast for ethanol production . Lesaffre celebrates a major milestone with the inauguration of its first yeast…

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