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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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Pepsi-Cola wants to sell
HFCS to Asian Alcohol


Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is asking the Sugar Regulatory Administration’s board to reconsider its order for the destruction of its 9,196 metric tons of High Fructose Corn Syrup and to instead allow it to sell it to Asian Alcohol Co. based in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental.

The Sugar Board has not acted on the request, but it is included on the agenda of its April 12 meeting.

Samuel Dalisay Jr., PCPPI vice president for the Supply Chain Group, in a letter to the Sugar Board members dated April 5, said Pepsi is willing to abide by their March 27 memorandum for disposal of its 9,196 metric tons of HFCS in 418 container vans, which has been reclassified as “B” or domestic market sugar.

However, AAC has expressed its interest to purchase the supply, Dalisay added.

“In this connection, we humbly request for reconsideration and instead of destroying these stocks, may we be allowed to dispose these in favor of AAC”, he said.

AAC said the HFCS will not replace the use of molasses and sugar, Dalisay added.

Susan Benitez, AAC senior vice president for operations, in a letter to SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica dated April 4, requested clearance from SRA to purchase the 9,196 MT of HFCS from Pepsi to be used as an additive to molasses in the process of production of potable grade alcohol.

The use of HFCS in the fermentation process has proven to increase the production of ethanol from a given mass of molasses, she said.

The HFCS is not in any way intended to replace or displace the use of sugar and molasses raw materials for the production of ethanol but will merelybe used as an additive to enhance the activity of the yeast in the production of ethanol during fermentation, Benitez said.*CPG


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