Minneapolis, Jan 28 – Kemin Industries has become the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association’s (MN Biofuels) latest vendor member.
Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Kemin has operations in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore and South Africa. It has over 2,500 employees globally.
“We are pleased to welcome Kemin as our latest vendor member. Kemin has an Enzyme Technology Group that provides yield solutions to ethanol plants,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of MN Biofuels.
Specifically, Kemin’s Enzyme Technology Group performs research and development to look for new enzymes to improve ethanol yield and has a dedicated sales and field technical services team for the ethanol industry.
One particular product, ZyloZyme, is a phytase that provides phosphates and other nutrients for improved yeast nutrition.
According to Kemin, the benefits of ZyloZyme include three-year stability for long shelf life, dry powder in water-soluble packing for easy handling and accurate dosing and is concentrated for less storage space with no refrigeration required.
“Kemin’s enzyme products can make a positive impact on the ethanol plant’s profitability. Minnesota ethanol plants produce over 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol. It just makes sense that Kemin would be a member of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association to make a positive impact in the state,” said John Philips, senior sales manager at Kemin.
Another enzyme developed by Kemin to improve an ethanol plant’s profitability is ZyloPro, a fungal acid protease that provides free amino acids from proteins potentially reducing urea use by providing an alternative nitrogen source for yeast.
The benefits of ZyloPro include improved yeast performance, more efficient ethanol production, increased corn oil production, is one of the most concentrated proteases commercially available, is a non-GMO and generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and is available in totes for ease of handling and storage.
Learn more about Kemin here.
Picture caption: Kemin's headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa