28 July 2010 21:39 [Source: ICIS news]
Prices for bleachable fancy tallow (BFT), the feedstock for tallow derived fatty acids, circulated around 32 cents/lb ($705/tonne, €543/tonne) in
US tallow fatty acid producers said BFT prices in the 30s cents/lb were about 5-6 cents/lb more than at this time last year when they were at 28-29 cents/lb amid decreasing biodiesel production.
The higher BFT prices in the current market were attributed to grease sellers and traders trying to hold prices up in hopes of recovery in
Traders said South American supply of tallow and other greases available for
When biodiesel producers enter the market, fundamentals tilt toward demand, domestic supply tightens and prices go up, fatty acid suppliers said.
Tallow-based fatty acid producers incorporate a monthly average of BFT prices into contract formulas.
Triple-pressed stearic acids derived from tallow were last assessed at 52-55 cents/lb by ICIS. Tallow-based oleic acids were assessed at 62-65 cents/lb.
Tallow fatty acid producers include Procter & Gamble, Vantage Oleochemical and Emery Oleo.
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