Purac Sustainability Natural food ingredients
Corbion Purac
Leading in natural food preservation and biobased building blocks

Natural food ingredients

Sustainability is embedded in our long term strategy and is our main development driver. All Purac's ingredients are environmentally friendly solutions made from renewable resources. Purac is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint and promoting ethical business practices. The company is also actively working on the development of processes to replace agricultural feedstocks with cellulosic alternatives.


Purac is proud to be the driving force behind the worldwide transition from a market traditionally dominated by chemically-produced lactic acid, into today's market consisting mainly of naturally-produced lactic acid.


Natural solutions for safe, healthy and delicious food

We provide a broad range of natural solutions for food products based on sustainable production processes. These natural food ingredients are used in a wide range of applications. The most common functionalities of the portfolio are safety, shelf life, taste, salt reduction and mineral fortification. The ingredients enable the production of safe, healthy and delicious food products and contribute to a sustainable world.

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Today Purac uses agricultural feedstocks to produce lactic acid and its derivatives. Common examples are cane sugar, beet sugar, and tapioca starch. As part of our sustainable sourcing program, Purac is a member of Bonsucro and SEDEX. Through Bonsucro, a multi-stakeholder, non-profit initiative, we work on reducing the environmental and social impact of cane sugar production. Through SEDEX, a multi-stakeholder, non-profit initiative, we engage with our suppliers concerning social, ethical and environmental aspects of their activities.

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Production process
Fermentation of carbohydrates is the core of our fermentation process. Micro-organisms derived from nature, convert agricultural feedstocks into lactic acid and other organic acids. After the fermentation, the organic acids are purified and concentrated and for a large part, used to produce derivatives. Overall, nature is a very important contributor to our final natural products. In our production plants, we continuously look for opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint by decreasing energy consumption and water use, and the production of co-products and waste materials. Purac is also actively working on the the development of processes to replace agricultural feedstocks with cellulosic feedstocks, so called 2nd generation biomass, in order to not interfere with the food value chain. 

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About Corbion Purac

Corbion Purac is a leading company in food preservation, biobased chemicals and biobased monomers for PLA. It is the worldwide market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides.