CHICAGO, IL and MUMBAI, INDIA (February 11, 2013) – zuChem Inc. and Godavari
Biorefineries Ltd. announced today that they have entered into a global partnership
combining zuChem’s xylitol technology platform with Godavari’s leadership position in the
production and commercialization of sweeteners and renewable sugar-derived ingredients.
Under the agreement, the parties will apply zuChem’s proprietary bioprocess technology to
produce a bio-sourced xylitol for use as a food ingredient. Godavari is an established
producer and marketer of sugar and sugar-derived renewable materials since 1939, with a
commitment to providing renewable ingredients to the global food ingredients industry.
“Our partnership with zuChem enables us to expand our sweeteners product portfolio while
continuing to build on our biorefinery model, under which we convert otherwise waste
biomass components into high value-added renewable ingredients, such as xylitol,” said
Samir Somaiya, Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd.
“We are thrilled to be working with Godavari to deliver this new xylitol product to the
market. Godavari is one of the true biorefinery innovators, and we are proud to see our
process integrated into their facility,” said David Demirjian, CEO of zuChem.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener, contributing about 30% fewer calories than
sucrose. In contrast to other sweeteners, xylitol has been shown to be actively beneficial for
dental health, significantly reducing the occurrence of dental caries with regular use. It has
also been shown to reduce the incidence of ear and upper respiratory infections and can be
used as a diabetic sweetener.
Xylitol is primarily used by the confectionary and dental hygiene industries, and is
considered the sweetener of choice in sugar-free gums in Asia and Europe. It has been
gaining in popularity in the US and North America, but is subject to availability issues and
price variability due to shortages of the current raw material used for its manufacture by
chemical hydrogenation. The zuChem bioprocess process alleviates these constraints and, combined with Godavari’s production capabilities, will open the market for the
development of new xylitol-containing products.
About zuChem Inc.
zuChem develops and commercializes innovative green, renewable manufacturing
processes to produce unique carbohydrates and glycochemicals for human health and
nutrition. The Company’s proprietary technology platform allows it to produce a variety of
specialty sweeteners, pharmaceutical intermediates, nutritional prebiotics and other
industrial bioproducts using enzymatic, fermentation and synthetic biology technologies.
zuChem is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with research operations in Peoria, Illinois.
For more information on zuChem’s proprietary rare sugar manufacturing processes and the
availability of other food ingredients, specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical intermediates,
please visit www.zuchem.com or call (312) 997-2150.
About Godavari Biorefineries Ltd.
Godavari Sugar Mills Ltd. was incorporated in 1939, and in 2009 Godavari Biorefineries Ltd.
was established to emphasize Godavari’s expanding focus on renewable products from
sugarcane. A part of the Somaiya Group, Godavari is a fully integrated sugar and biofuels
producer, and is ranked among the top ten sugar manufacturers in India. Godavari is also
one of the largest producers of bioethanol and a pioneer in manufacture of alcohol-based
chemicals in India. For more information on Godavari and the Somaiya Group, please visit
www.somaiya.com or call the company’s U.S. headquarters at (607) 319-5016.
This technology was developed in collaboration with researchers at the US Department of
Agriculture and the University of Illinois. Funding for its development was provided in part by
the Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation, the US Department of Energy, and
the National Science Foundation.