Loudon, Tennessee [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC, an equally owned joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, announced the first commercial shipments of Bio-PDO from its $100 million facility in Tennessee, which produces 1,3-propanediol (Bio-PDO) from corn sugar, a renewable resource.“Bio-PDO is a versatile ingredient for a number of products,” said DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products President Steven Mirshak. “We are seeing strong demand for all of our grades of Bio-PDO due to its performance, biodegradable nature, and ability to replace petroleum-derived products. Wherever a glycol is being used today, businesses should consider replacing it with our new renewable ingredient.” The joint venture uses a proprietary fermentation process developed jointly by DuPont and Tate & Lyle to produce Bio-PDO using corn instead of petroleum-based feedstocks. “By continuing to invest in research, and through strategic partnerships, we can help meet the world’s increasing demand for products from renewable resources that match or exceed the functionality of petroleum-based alternatives,” said D. Lynn Grider, President of Tate & Lyle’s U.S. Food & Industrial Ingredients Division. The production of Bio-PDO consumes 40 percent less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent versus petroleum-based propanediol.