Kellogg pledged the use of low linolenic soybean oil for use in their food products in 2006. Several low-linolenic soybean oil options are available to reduce and/or eliminate the trans fat levels in their products while maintaining the quality and shelf life consumers have to come to expect.
QUALISOY is a collaboration among the soybean industry to bring healthier, more functional products to the marketplace. Low-linolenic soybeans that currently meet QUALISOY quality standards include a VISTIVE offering from Monsanto; Pioneer brand low-linolenic soybeans; and Asoyia ultra low-linolenic soybeans.
The resulting oils include Advantage LL brand soy oil processed by Cargill; VISTIVE low-linolenic soy oil processed by Ag Processing, Cenex Harvest States and Zeeland Farms; NUTRIUM brand soy oil, developed in partnership by Bunge and DuPont; and Asoyia ultra low-lin soybean oil. In the coming years, it is estimated that additional soybean varieties will be widely available to meet food industry and consumer needs.
The breakthrough of low-linolenic soybean oil will benefit the food industry and could add an estimated $100 million per year to the value of soybean commodities. By late 2006, approximately 400 million pounds of low-linolenic oil could be available to the food industry, according to QUALISOY.
Growers who plant low lin soybeans from Pioneer Hi-Bred International during the 2005-2006 season will have the opportunity to earn premiums for their efforts. Select elevators in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri will offer up to a 40-cent premium per bushel on low lin soybeans as part of the Bunge DuPont Biotech Alliance, says Troy Hobbs, Bunge DuPont Biotech Alliance business manager.
"This is a clear signal to consumers and U.S. growers that the food industry is looking for different solutions. NUTRIUM Low Linolenic Soybean Oil marketed through the Bunge DuPont Alliance is one of the solutions offered to food companies to help meet increasing consumer demand for nutritious foods," says Hobbs. "Through the Alliance, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Bunge are working with growers and local elevators to contract Pioneer low lin soybean varieties used to produce NUTRIUM oil.