Today, Novozymes announced the launch of a new enzymatic solution for the Chinese corn milling industry. Frontia Jade targets ‘wet milling’, the first step in the starch conversion process.

“This is the first enzyme technology ever to combine enzymatic separation with mechanical separation in grain milling. Frontia Jade helps mills achieve better starch yields, while reducing the energy consumption and costs,” says TC Tan, Vice President of Food & Beverages, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa at Novozymes.

It is the second product of Novozymes’ Frontia platform, a new enzyme technology for the grain milling industry. The first product has been introduced to and adopted by corn mills in Europe, U.S. and India.

Save raw materials and energy

Results from using Frontia in European wet mills are very promising. The solution increased grinding capacity by 10%, starch output improved by 2%, and output of corn gluten meal increased by 3%. Major utility savings were seen too, including a 20% reduction in energy for drying of co-products.

“Frontia Jade will help untap the extra value from corn by releasing more starch, gluten and water which were previously trapped in the fiber and inaccessible by the current mechanical separation,” TC Tan says. “This product has been developed to open a new frontier to the starch industry in China.”

To get full value of Frontia Jade, mills will need to install an incubation tank. The payback time for such an investment is typically less than six months in China.

For five decades, industrial enzymes from Novozymes have helped starch refineries produce starch-based sweeteners more efficiently and simply, also saving raw materials, chemicals, water and energy. With Frontia, Novozymes now expands its enzymatic solutions to help the Chinese grain mills produce more with less. 


Fact: Grain milling and starch
• Grain milling is the process where grains such as corn and wheat are ground into gluten and starches.
• Starch is the storage energy of plants and can be found in cereals, tubers, roots and other plants.
• Starch is converted into sweeteners and ingredients. These sweeteners are used in a wide variety of popular consumer food products, including confectionery, soft drinks, sauces and canned fruits.
• There are four basic steps involved in producing sweetners – separation, liquefaction, saccharification and isomerization. 
• Starch is produced in a grain mill. Sweeteners are then produced during refining in a refinery.