Denmark-based Danisco is planning the scale-up of a new extraction process for producing natural betaine that uses vinasse, a byproduct of sugar-beet-derived bioethanol.

Previously, the only method of extracting natural betaine involved sugar-beet molasses, a side stream of sugar production. In addition to increasing the availability of the animal feed ingredient, the new process will allow betaine-extracted bioethanol vinasses to be recycled and sold as crop fertilizer.

A new plant, which will be the first to use the process, will be built in cooperation with manufacturing supplier Novasep Process.