[nafex] FW: ARS Seeks Business Partners for Pectin Making

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Nov 5 12:10:46 EST 2001

From: "ARS News Service" <isnv at ars-grin.gov>
To: "ARS News List" <ars-news at ars-grin.gov>
Subject: ARS Seeks Business Partners for Pectin Making 
Date: Mon, Nov 5, 2001, 6:50 AM

ARS Seeks Business Partners for Pectin Making and Other Technologies


ARS News Service
Agricultural Research Service, USDA
Kim Kaplan, (301) 504-1637, Kaplan at ars.usda.gov
November 5, 2001

Pectin, an important food processing ingredient, could be made domestically
instead of overseas for the first time in a decade, if a business partner to
license new technology can be found by the Agricultural Research Service.

Each year, the United States imports more than 7 million pounds of pectin at
a cost of $6 to $12 per pound as a gelling agent in jellied foods and as a
texturizing agent in premixed yogurt.

Researchers at the Crop Conversion Science and Engineering Unit, part of
ARS's Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pa., have patented a
microwave-based method to economically extract high quality pectin from
orange peels for the first time.

Unlike lemon and lime peels, which are the common source of pectin and not
available in large amounts in this country, orange peels are an abundant,
low-cost byproduct of the U.S. orange juice industry. Most orange peels
currently are used as low-value animal feed.

Now, ARS is seeking businesses to put to work the new pectin technology and
others it has developed. Since research results are patented, ARS can offer
a license to a private company to bring a product to market.

ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief research agency. It is
also a leader among federal agencies and departments in commercial licenses
and cooperative research agreements. Other ARS technology available for
license can be found at: http://ott.ars.usda.gov

The Eastern Regional Research Center is on the web at:

This item is one of the news releases and story leads that ARS Information
distributes on weekdays to fax and e-mail subscribers. You can also get the
latest ARS news on the World Wide Web at
* Feedback and questions to ARS News Service via e-mail: isjd at ars-grin.gov.
* ARS Information Staff, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Room 1-2251, Beltsville MD
20705-5128, (301) 504-1617, fax 504-1648.

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