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Calyxt Inks Agreement with KemX Global to Refine High-Oleic Soybean Oil

Refining processor will allow Calyxt to make food-grade high-oleic soybean oil for consumers.

Calyxt has signed an agreement with KemX Global to refine Calyxt’s high-oleic soybean oil. This will allow Calyxt to produce food-grade high-oleic soybean oil, as the company’s first product expected to hit the market in late 2018 and early 2019. Currently, 78 farmers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa are growing a high-oleic soybean variety this year for Calyxt. 
 “This agreement is another important step in scaling up Calyxt’s supply chain, leading up to the commercialization of our high-oleic soybean oil,” said Manoj Sahoo, Calyxt’s chief commercial officer in a company news release. “KemX’s Boone Plant, which has a strong reputation and Level 2 certification from the Safe Quality Food Institute, permits Calyxt to work with multiple crush plants in the Midwest. This will allow for the production of consistent, high-quality oil, which is a direct response to the growing demand for premium oils from food companies across the U.S.”
 Based in Boone, Iowa, KemX Global – with a plant that is organic and non-GMO-certified – has the capacity to refine 115 million pounds of premium oils per annum. The plant design incorporates the latest advances in physical refining to reduce the use of chemicals in the oil refining process, say company officials. 
 Last month, Calyxt announced an agreement with American Natural Processors (ANP), a provider of non-GMO and organic processing of oils, flours, and meals, to crush Calyxt’s high-oleic soybean variety and produce the company’s high-oleic soybean oil. Additionally, in mid-2015, Calyxt received a letter from USDA that confirms the company’s high-oleic soybean variety is nonregulated, as the product contains no foreign DNA.
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