Deoleo has released a study suggesting that international competition and price stagnation could lead to 240,000 small Spanish olive farms vanishing in the next decade, and separately called for a new association to promote practices and regulation that improve both profitability and the quality of Spain's product. Meanwhile, a new government report is predicting another tough year for Andalusia's olive producers, and protesters gathered in the city of Jaén demanding measures that would help to raise the price of olive oil.
Multinational KD Pharma has acquired a new British manufacturing site that will expand their base for production of active pharmaceutical precursors for the omega-3 market, especially substances customized to a buyer's need. "Multiple technologies exist for fractionating lipids that operate off of different chemistry principles, so having a wider technology portfolio allows us to find the most efficient path to isolate specific fatty acids, like EPA and DHA, based on the characteristics of the raw material coming in and the finished product we want to make," said Adam Ismail, chief strategy officer.
With Chinese demand unlikely to rebound to prior levels, the American Soybean Association is courting other Asian countries as potential markets. After visits to Colombia and Peru, ASA Vice President Bill Gordon is on his way to Indonesia and Thailand to find new buyers.
An Australian company has patented a new animal feed made with carrots, olive oil, grain, hay and the remains of juiced carrots and olives. The Omega Lamb Company aims to market a feed that can produce lamb meat that is marbled with fat like premium beef.
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Building on its success with high-concentrate fish oil supplements, Omax is now looking towards products that combine fish oil with hemp extract and amino acids. While one such product, PhytoMax Sleep + Stress Remedy, is already on the market, its clinical trials are in the works.
Two Spanish entrepreneurs have patented a machine that they say will allow consumers to crush olive oil in their kitchens. Olimaker, which is to hit the market in 2020 at $2,470, could also be of interest to producers interested in sampling the quality of oil before harvesting.
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Typically, efforts to separate oil and water often result in clogged or "fouled" membranes, but MIT researchers have developed a method that can be used to create better, foul-resistant membrane materials. They used confocal laser scanning microscopy and fluorescent dyes to distinguish between the oily material in the fluid and the filtration membrane's fibers, which allowed them to develop a 3D view of how the oil droplets are distributed through the membrane.
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