Calyxt successfully markets Calyno™ High Oleic Soybean Oil as a premium, high-quality food ingredient
First commercial sale of High Oleic Soybean Meal as a premium non-GMO feed ingredient for livestock
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. – February 26, 2019 – Calyxt, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLXT) a consumer-centric, food- and agriculture-focused Company, announced today the successful commercial launch of its highly anticipated Calyno™ High Oleic Soybean Oil, which is the Company’s first product to be sold on the U.S. market. This first commercial sale of Calyno oil is to the foodservice industry for frying and salad dressing, as well as sauce applications.
Calyno oil contains approximately 80 percent oleic acid and up to 20 percent less saturated fatty acids compared to commodity soybean oil as well as zero grams of trans fat per serving. One of the exciting potential sustainability benefits of Calyno oil is that it has up to three times the fry life and extended shelf life compared to commodity oils, providing a more sustainable product.
In line with continued sustainability efforts, Calyxt also announces the commercialization of its High Oleic Soybean Meal as a premium non-GMO feed ingredient with added benefit for livestock.
“Over the past eight years, we’ve remained committed to the American people, evolving the nutrition of food and protecting the environment in order to deliver health-conscious ingredients that tackle food-related health challenges,” said Jim Blome, CEO of Calyxt. “With this milestone, Calyxt has delivered on its promise and progressed from a research and development platform to a full-scale food ingredient company. We’re proud to be leading the way towards the next generation of healthier foods.”
Calyno oil is produced in the U.S., thanks to Calyxt’s partnership with more than 100 farmers in the Upper Midwest region growing over 34,000 acres of Calyxt High Oleic Soybean. After assessment of the soybean, the crop received met Calyxt quality requirements for high oleic and non-GMO. These soybean were used to produce premium soybean oil with zero grams of trans fat per serving and reduced saturated fat content. Calyno oil is similar to other healthy oils Americans already love, like olive, sunflower and safflower oils, and can easily be incorporated into foods and recipes without affecting taste.
“This historical commercialization of the first-ever gene-edited food product is a testament that food manufacturers and consumers are not only embracing innovation, but also willing to pay a premium for products which are healthier and traceable to the source,” said Manoj Sahoo, Chief Commercial Officer at Calyxt. “Our next focus is scaling up the supply chain so that we can meet the growing demand for healthier High Oleic Soybean Oil not only for small and mid-sized food manufacturers, but also for global Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) brands.”
This sale is in alignment with Calyxt’s high quality standards and applicable USDA and FDA requirements.