Blue Marble Biomaterials Launches Verified U.S. and E.U. Natural Ester Product Line

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Providing an authentic solution for one of the most common ingredients in manufactured food products such as baked goods, candy, frozen dairy and beverages

This is the beginning of a series of exciting technological launches for Blue Marble Biomaterials, delivering innovative solutions and monumental changes to the food, beverage, and personal care industries

Blue Marble Biomaterials, a manufacturer and technology supplier of specialty ingredients for the food and beverage industry, announced today the launch of their verified U.S. and European Union natural ester line of products, aptly named “Natural Solutions”. Blue Marble Biomaterials’ esters meet all definitions for “natural” labeling by the U.S. and E.U., no petroleum or petroleum-derived materials are used in the manufacturing process.

“As we began to exit from the research, development and education phase of our company’s life cycle, we wanted our first commercial product line launch to have maximum impact on the food and beverage marketplace,” said Colby Underwood, Co-CEO and Chief Business Officer. “We have spoken with hundreds of contacts in the industry regarding what problem kept them up at night. Time and time again, we heard industry representatives express concern regarding ingredients that were mislabeled with the term “natural.”

To further understand this problem, Blue Marble Biomaterials focused on one of the most widely utilized ingredient product lines used across the globe today; esters (otherwise known as sweet flavors and aromas). “We spent the past 12 months and thousands of dollars purchasing ester samples from vendors all around the world on a search for esters that truly were natural”, stated James Stephens, Co-CEO and Chief Science Officer of Blue Marble Biomaterials. “We found that only a very small percentage of vendors offered “natural” labeled esters and of those that did, only a handful of the provided samples passed third party isotopic testing.”

“The results of this survey were disappointing yet empowering for our team,” said Underwood. “Increasingly, consumers want transparency and honesty in the products that they purchase. It's time that our industry began delivering.”

The “Natural Solutions” ester products offered by Blue Marble Biomaterials meet all definitions of U.S. and European Union natural labeling and are produced at Blue Marble’s SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 2 Certified bio-refinery in Missoula, Montana USA. In addition, each ester is isotopically verified and organoleptically validated by a third party, and meets kosher and food grade regulations. Harnessing naturally occurring bacteria and a proprietary anaerobic fermentation technology, all products are also non-GMO.

Blue Marble Biomaterials will be showcasing the “Natural Solutions” ester product line during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Trade Show in Chicago Illinois, USA, July 17 - 19, 2016. The following esters will be available for sampling:

Benzyl butyrate
Benzyl propionate
Ethyl heptanoate
Ethyl isobutyrate
Ethyl valerate
Heptyl acetate

Hexyl butyrate
Isoamyl propionate
Isobutyl propionate
Methyl hexanoate
Phenethyl acetate
Propyl acetate
Propyl butyrate
Propyl hexanoate

“We are launching with fourteen unique esters in the “Natural Solutions” line and will be adding more in the coming months. Our goal is to keep material change costs as low as possible for our customers and as we increase the portfolio and production capacity of this line, we strive to make them cost competitive to their petroleum derived/synthetic counterparts,” said Underwood.

“This is the beginning of a series of exciting technological launches for Blue Marble Biomaterials, delivering innovative solutions and monumental changes to the food, beverage, and personal care industries”, said Stephens.

About Blue Marble Biomaterials: Blue Marble Biomaterials is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Marble Energy. Blue Marble Biomaterials manufactures renewable specialty chemicals for the food, fragrance, cosmetics, and personal care industries in a zero-waste, carbon neutral production facility in Missoula, Montana. Its mission is to replace petroleum-based chemicals with fully sustainable, natural specialty chemicals. For more information on Blue Marble go to:

Colby Underwood, Co-CEO and Chief Business Officer
Blue Marble Biomaterials
Phone: (406) 549-2100
Email: colby.underwood(at)bluemarblebio(dot)com

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