1) Solazyme Roquette is setting stage for introduction of Almagine HP and Almagine HL in protein bars, chocolate milk, french dressing and cookies (Youtube videos posted on 19th by SRN
2) Mitsui and Dow continue to pursue sugar can acreage in Brazil despite cancelling a bio polymer plant based on what appears to be now outdated technology. Mitsui recently partnered with SZYM and DOW is an existing off-take partner with SZYM
3) An "world leading" algae oil producer is securing bio-refinery capacity in Northwest Iowa. (Galva IA) (300 miles away from Clinton with no direct rail link)
american natural just got some money from IEDA due to buying up a former biodiesel plant. Article from Sioux City Journal states they got the $ because of a $5.8 M algal oil refinery expansion w/ an unnamed algal oil leader. Not a lot of algal oil plays out there.... let alone in that part of the world.
"A special soy protein will be produced, with the majority exported to Asia as feed for fish farms. The new plant, expected to open later this summer, also will extract and refine algal oil through a partnership with one of the world's leading algae oil producers, according to the IEDA."
Something that bothers me a bit is that Galva is in the wrong direction when we think of major metropolitan areas (ie Chicago). So, if it is SZYM, why there? A plant expansion of only $5.8 mil also suggests a rather small facility. Not sure whats going on there...