“Ethanol production is a very efficient industry. The technology keeps improving and lately yeast has been driving those improvements,” said Michael Giambalvo, President, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group. “We understand fermentation, preventing and managing plant infections and the key role of yeast in biofuel production. Yeast has been at the core of Phibro’s businesses for decades.”
A longtime industry leader in antimicrobials, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group provides solutions for ethanol producers based on its core competencies of fermentation, infection management and co-products for animal feed. Products include processing aids, cleaning aids, corn oil recovery and now its proprietary yeast products. PhibroADY™ and FortiPhi™ yeast products represent the latest product offerings by Phibro Ethanol Performance Group.
PhibroADY was developed for ethanol production, using a specially selected Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain. PhibroADY demonstrates robust performance across a wide range of operating conditions. With high temperature tolerance, organic acid tolerance, and high gravity substrate tolerance, this yeast has an efficient performance characteristic allowing for higher ethanol production. PhibroADY has a fast fermentation kinetic and also demonstrates superior longevity, remaining viable late in fermentation.
FortiPhi, a specialized nutritional supplement for industrial yeast, is specifically designed for grain mash fermentations producing ethanol. FortiPhi contains premium organic and inorganic compounds intentionally chosen to help improve the fermentability of standard grain mashes. The inclusion of inactivated yeast culture, vitamins and essential minerals provide a balanced supplement to help support yeast growth and metabolism.
“In recent years, the market has shifted. Ethanol producers are more interested in GMO technologies because of the multiple benefits they provide. Producers have recognized the value in yeast that will express enzymes and contribute to higher yields,” said Jenny Forbes, Vice President, Products and Services, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group. Phibro is responding to this market need with an entirely new higher performance yeast due out later this year. Initial tests have proven promising for Phibro’s next generation genetically engineered yeast product that is under development. This next-gen yeast will enhance yeast robustness and performance, while reducing processing costs such as enzymes.
“We have been a leader in the ethanol production industry for many years, and we’ve been very fortunate to be able to grow with our customers,” said Giambalvo. “This is just the natural progression in providing more solutions to meet the needs of our customers. Phibro’s innovations in yeast will help the industry achieve higher productivity, higher efficiency and process optimization. If you’re not innovating, you fall behind.”