Sterol-Rich Pitch

Tall oil pitch with high sterol content (TOPS) is presently the only feasible new source of sterols. This is due to the food industry moving away from the high-pressure steam distillation of plant-based sterols because of the trans-fats generated in the process.

Sterols are used in functional foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics and in the pharmaceutical industry. In pharmaceuticals the sterols are a versatile raw material. Tall oil pitch contains a multitude of valuable and useful chemicals.

The market for sterols is estimated to grow rapidly in the coming years, with tall oil sterols leading the growth.

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