Cost benefits key to new drink enzyme development

By Neil Merrett

- Last updated on GMT

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A supplier of specialist enzymes for industrial production says it has developed an alpha-amylase that can ensure greater cost efficiency in manufacturing sweeteners and beverage alcohol.

Verenium claims that its Veretase enzyme, which it says functions in a similar of the group’s existing Fuelzyme-LF product, can provide quality mash viscosity during processing at lower dosages than needed for rival products.

Veretase, which was launched earlier this year and is already being used to derive beverage ethanol from starch, may have further applications depending on additional regulatory approvals, according to the manufacturer.

The alpha-amylase, which has been designed to meet regulatory requirements specific to food production, is currently only available in the US, although the company says it is planning further global launches at an unspecified point.

A spokesperson for the company said that the enzyme had been found to improve saccharification and fermentation by remaining effective across a wide range of temperature and pH levels, potentially reducing manufacturer costs.

Janet Roemer, executive vice president of the manufacturer, said that the company was targeting the product as a means to ensure further cost reductions at food and beverage production plants.

"Verenium is pleased to introduce this unique enzyme specifically designed to improve the economics and efficiency in the sweetener and beverage alcohol production market,"​ she stated.

The manufacturers says the enzyme is manufactured under agreement with Fermic and could potentially meet global demand among sweetener and beverage manufacturers exceeding $80m (€61m) each year.

Verenium claims to develop and market more environmentally friendly transportation fuel called cellulosic ethanol, as well as specialty enzymes used in various industries like food and beverage production.

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