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					                                                                                        416            inform July 2009, Vol. 20 (7)

May 14, 2009, in a transaction valued at
€80 million ($113 million). The deal will
make Bunge a significant purchaser of the
Raisio cholesterol-lowering sterol ingredi-
ent Benecol. The transaction is expected to
close in the third quarter of 2009, pending
regulatory approvals.
     Included in the transaction are Raisio’s
plants in Finland and Poland, as well as
several brands, including Keiju, Makuisa,
Masmix, and Pyszny Duet. Bunge will also
have a licensing agreement concerning the
Sunnuntai and Carlshamn Mejeri brands.
About 330 of Raisio’s Finnish and Polish
employees will be transferred to Bunge.
The transaction will not affect contract
cultivation of oilseeds in Finland, Raisio
     In other Bunge news, the company has
                                                see modest increases in surface ozone result
                                                in crop growth being stunted.”                   Almond market
purchased the assets of Mid-Atlantic Veg-
etable Shortening, Inc., an edible oil pack-
                                                     In related news, the US National
                                                Science Foundation has released a report         expanding
aging business that services bakery, food       on climate change. It is available at www.
                                                                                                 The almond market will continue to benefit
processor, and foodservice customers in         nsf.gov/news/special_reports/climate/pdf/
                                                                                                 from expanding global demand, accord-
the northeastern United States. Mid-Atlan-      NSF_Climate_Change_Report.pdf.
                                                                                                 ing to Rabobank Food & Agribusiness
tic, which is based in Kearny, New Jersey,                                                       Research and Advisory (FAR) Vice Presi-
USA, packages liquid oils, shortenings,
margarines, and butter blends made from
                                                Antioxidant claims                               dent Marieke de Rijke. Growth in the export
                                                                                                 market is owing to several key factors: mar-
a variety of oils.                              based on ORAC/                                   keting, additional supply, and last year’s

                                                DPPH questioned
                                                                                                 low value of the US dollar.
                                                                                                      “Exports have grown significantly in
Ozone causing crop                              New research from AOCS member Eric
                                                                                                 recent years,” said de Rijke in a Rabobank
                                                                                                 podcast. “We have seen a huge increase
damage                                          Decker and his team at the University of
                                                Massachusetts in Amherst (USA) suggests
                                                                                                 in demand due to the efforts of market-
                                                                                                 ing organizations. They have focused on
                                                that basing antioxidant activity claims on
Rising surface ozone concentrations are                                                          promoting the health benefits of almonds,
                                                results of basic antioxidant assays such as
damaging nearly $2 billion in annual US                                                          and have communicated this all over the
                                                ORAC and DPPH (2, 2´-diphenyl-l-picryl-
soybean crops, a NASA (National Aeronau-                                                         world. So, not only in the United States
                                                hydrazyl) could be deceptive.
tics and Space Administration) study of sat-                                                     but in many foreign countries, demand for
                                                     “Free radical scavenging assays such
Description: The study, headed by NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, was presented at the American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly meeting in Toronto on May 24 and looked at five years of soybean yields, surface ozone, and satellite measurements of tropospher ozone levels in three Midwest states.
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