Sourcing Ingeo: Raw Materials

INGEO...

 


NOT MADE FROM OIL

According to the most recent World Energy Outlook report (International Energy Association, Nov. 2008):

  • Oil prices will rebound to more than $100/barrel once the economy recovers and will exceed $200 by 2030. 
  • Output from the world's oil field is declining at a rate of 9%.

     This means we must plan the future around abundant and renewable solutions like Ingeo!

 


FEEDSTOCKS

    Right now...

  • Ingeo is made from dextrose (sugar) that is derived from field corn already grown for many industrial & functional end-uses.  In North America, corn has been used first because it is the most economically feasible source of plant starches.
  • We use less than 1/20th of 1% (0.05%) of the annual global corn crop today, so there's little to no impact on food prices or supply (1). 
  • The process does not require corn, we only need a sugar source.  This could include sugar beets, sugar cane, wheat and more.
MANY FEEDSTOCK CHOICES...
 


     In the future...

  • Ingeo will be made from cellulosic raw materials, agricultural wastes and non-food plants.

FUTURE ALTERNATIVES...
  
We are committed to a long term plan to transition the current raw material supply to residual biomass.  This is a key part of the Ingeo journey to responsible innovation.

  


GM & SOURCE OPTIONS

  • Making Ingeo does not require genetically modified (GM) materials.
  • Ingeo is certified by GeneScan to contain no genetic material. 
  • Currently, the corn grown in the U.S. is a mixed stream of GM and conventional corn. 
  • To address variable global market demands around GM feedstock, NatureWorks offers 3 certified source options.

 


(1) 2007/2008 World Corn Production: 790.91MM MT.  At capacity, NatureWorks uses 2.2lbs of corn per lb of Ingeo manufactured.