Syngenta and Midwest Renewable Energy sign agreement

Syngenta’s Enogen corn enzyme technology will be used by Midwest Renewable Energy at its Sutherland, Nebraska ethanol production facility in 2016. 

Enogen helps ethanol plants significantly reduce the viscosity of its corn mash and eliminates the need for a liquid form of the enzyme.

“The agreement with MRE will enable them to source alpha amylase enzyme directly from local growers and keep enzyme dollars in the local community,” Chris Tingle, Syngenta's head of marketing for Enogen, said. “This is what truly sets Enogen corn apart from other technologies designed to enhance ethanol production. It adds significant incremental value at the local level for communities that rely on their ethanol plant’s success.”

Jim Jandrain, the CEO and chairman of the board for Midwest Renewable Energy, said his company looks forward to purchasing alpha amylase in the form of high-quality grain directly from local corn growers. 

“When you think about the value that Enogen will deliver for our growers, our facility and our community, it’s a win-win-win scenario," he said. "The robust alpha amylase enzyme in Enogen can ultimately lead to higher levels of solids loading which will result in increased yield, as well as savings from reduced natural gas, energy, water and chemical usage."

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