R&D and Innovation
Improvement of existing processes
We keep up with the evolving requirements of processors and governmental
regulatory agencies in order to ensure that our existing process technology
responds to changes in the economic, technical and environmental needs of our
We have used our experience in oilseeds processing to develop new
applications for other feedstocks, such as the extraction of pigments,
alkaloids, hops, tannins, and many other materials.
Lignite dewaxing - Removal of waxes from peat with toluol extraction
Acetate cellulose washing for the textile industry
Oleoresins extraction - Extraction of pigments used as natural colorants in
the food industry
Tannin extraction for the food industry
Hops extraction for the food industry
Cocoa butter stripping - Decreasing the acidity without altering the
crystallising properties of the cocoa butter in the chocolate industry
Epoxidised soya stripping for the paint industry
Butter oil fractionation for CBR-CBE-CBS
Fish oil detoxication Removal of dioxine from marine oils to below 3 ppt
Tocopherol stripping - Producing Vitamin E for the nutraceutical industry
Teamwork & Means
Our specialised group of scientists, engineers and technicians is able to use
the knowledge and experience of over 200 professionals within the Desmet
Ballestra Group as a whole, in both the edible and non-edible oils and fats
Our Oils & Fats R&D team uses the industry’s most comprehensive set of
- A skilled professional staff of scientists, engineers and technicians, with
many years of practical experience in the oils and fats processing industry.
- Fully equipped analytical and research laboratories
- Flexible pilot units, of which several are skid-mounted and available on lease
terms to a customer for testing at his own facility.
- Collaboration agreements with several Universities, mainly in Europe, Asia and
in the USA.
Custom Research & Development
Desmet Ballestra's Research & Development Team works together with clients on
the basis of strict confidentiality to help them with their new ideas, from
initial laboratory development through to pilot-scale tests.
Our Group has developed many close collaborations ties with many customers
worldwide especially in the field of product development. This concerns
multinational key accounts as well as medium size local companies.
A good example is to be found in the field of fractionation whereby our R&D team
is providing extensive support to newcomers based on our long experience in
terms of product formulations, SFC curves, and cooling curves. For some more
advanced customers, substantial training sessions take place for applications in
the area of specialty fats.