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Pectins from sugar beet pulp are suitable as bio-based ingredients for dishwashing detergents and in the production of leather. This is shown in research results by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research together with Cosun, Dalli de Klok and Smit & Zoon. By replacing petroleum-based ingredients with bio-based alternatives, the chemical industry can become more sustainable: there are fewer CO2 emissions from production and fewer non-degradable and toxic substances are released. Cosun, supplier and processor of beet pulp in Breda, sees the results of the study as an incentive to build a new factory; Dalli de Klok (which supplies washing products in Heerde and Hoensbroek) and Smit & Zoon (a global player in leather products) will use beet pulp in their production processes.

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