9bn pounds of high oleic soybean oil will be available by 2023, say soybean farmers

By Elaine WATSON

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9bn pounds of high oleic soybean oil will be available by 2023

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The United Soybean Board (USB) has pledged $60m over the next five years to expand production of high oleic soybean varieties and market their oils to food companies. 

The next generation oils will give the food industry a cost-effective and healthier alternative to partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (pHVOs) with flavor and stability current alternatives cannot deliver, claims the USB, which says 9bn pounds of high oleic soybean oil will be available by 2023.

While firms have tried alternatives to pHVOs from high oleic canola and sunflower oil to palm oil, low linolenic soy, corn and other oils, many do not deliver on the flavor or stability front, require changes to recipes or manufacturing processes, or involve an unwelcome increase in saturated fat (eg. in the case of palm) claim soybean firms.  

To address this problem DuPont’s Pioneer subsidiary has developed Plenish, a high oleic soybean boasting a fry-life 2-3 times longer than conventional soybean oil, superior stability to high oleic canola or sunflower oil, zero trans fat and less saturated fat; while Monsanto has developed Vistive Gold soybeans, which also boast extended fry life and stability at high temperatures – along with a sharp reduction in saturated fat.

The 69 farmer-directors of the USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for US soybean farmers.  

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