DES MOINES, IA., November 27, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) Commercial production of Bio-PDO™ from corn sugar is a significant milestone for agriculture and for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, according to company officials. Pioneer is a subsidiary of DuPont which today announced DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC, an equally-owned joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, the first commercial shipments of Bio-PDO™, from its $100 million facility here in Eastern Tennessee.
According to Pioneer President Dean Oestreich (oos-trick), Bio-PDO™ is a totally new corn-based product that can be used to make a variety of consumer products replacing petroleum-based propanediol.
“Bio-PDO™ is a new product made from corn in a fermentation process and that product is used to make new consumer goods and in many cases we are replacing the use of petroleum products,” said Oestrich. “So, this is pretty exciting news to both farmers who are growing corn and consumers who are taking advantage of these new products made from the renewable resources of agriculture.”