Information to support industries
The PlantZap® production has been conceived for implementation in currently operating sugar mills. The production and sale of PlantZap® represents to sugar mills an incremental source of profit margins that significantly exceed those provided by the traditional sugar refining process itself. While this implies initial minor disruptions to the traditional sugar refining process, the PlantZap® process will additionally provide sugar mills with meaningful savings in energy and water throughout the downstream sugar production process, as impurities and other components that affect the sugar crystallisation process will be removed from the sugar stream, thereby improving the quality of the sugar crystal as well. Projected increase in sugar yields for the mills, as estimated by the Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry Queensland (DAFFQ), ranges from 0.5% to 2% of sugar production. Additionally, the resulting higher quality of sugar produced is likely to translate into less product recalls.
Over the past 12 months NNP, with the collaboration of Beverage Marketing Consultants (BMC) of New York and a flavour house, has presented the PlantZap® base through tailor made samples to key global and regional beverage companies in many parts of the world, including the U.S., China, India, Mexico, the U.K, Australia and Japan, among others. The response and level of interest is encouraging. At the same time NNP has commissioned the building of a PlantZap® calibration plant at the Tala sugar mill located in Mexico. The testing of the process has been successful and the PlantZap® process is now ready to be launched into full industrial scale, whether at Tala or other sugar mills that are being considered.
An Alternative or Supplement to Coconut Water
Coconut water is a prime example of how natural isotonic beverages have called the attention of consumers. Coconut water sales have grown at explosive rates in the U.S. and Western Europe over the past 6 years. For instance, sales in the U.S. have reached nearly US$250 million and trends indicate that the figure is likely to double every 2 years. Consumers have become allured by coconut water given its isotonic and nutritional properties as well as its low sugar content. However, raw coconut water has a neutral taste which in itself is not necessarily appealing; its fatty acid backnote can be rancid and tends to polarize consumers. As a result, formulations for coconut water include juices and other additives, such as chocolate. Such formulations defeat the principle of the product's naturally low sugar and high nutritional content and add to the cost of producing an appealing consumer product. Another consideration is the coconut water supply. Experts claim that many of the coconut producing countries have not moved as fast as to support a sustainable coconut water supply as the rapidly growing demand. As such, the supply of coconut water may be subject to disruptions if demand continues growing at the rates observed over the past few years. PlantZap® can be used in formulations with similar properties and functionality provided by coconut water, without supply chain disruptions and potentially unsustainable crops, at a competitive cost. In addition, PlantZap®'s saltiness is relatively taste neutral and therefore has a broader taste appeal and wider applications than coconut water.
Margin Enhancement for Sugar Mills and Attractive Return on Capital
PlantZap®'s raw material is the clarified juice stream used for subsequent sugar production and, as such, the supply is abundant. In addition, the incremental capital expenditures required to install the membrane process required to produce PlantZap® is a fraction of the capital investment committed at a sugar mill. PlantZap® provides an incremental and highly profitable margin stream to sugar mills, which normally operate under narrow profit margins. In addition, the juice stream that leaves the membranes becomes free of impurities, making the subsequent evaporation and crystallisation process for the production of sugar more efficient. While these benefits will vary significantly from sugar mill to sugar mill these benefits are likely to be significant in light of the narrow profitability under which sugar mills operate. As a result, the return on invested capital in PlantZap® is estimated to be above average in light of the risks associated with the operation of sugar mills.
PlantZap® and the Fractionation Process are Patent Protected
The Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry Queensland (DAFFQ) has filed patents for PlantZap® and the process in 15 key sugar producing and consuming markets around the world. No single filing has yet, or is expected to be, challenged.
NNP is the Sole Global Licensee for the PlantZap® Process Technology
- DAFFQ has granted NNP the exclusive rights to commercialize PlantZap® and its production technology worldwide!