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Coca-Cola Chooses Partners for Renewable Para-xylene

12:54 PM MST | December 20, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Coca-Cola says it has partnered with renewable chemicals firms Avantium (Amsterdam), Gevo (Englewood, CO), and Virent (Madison, WI) to reach its target of using 100% renewable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in its bottles. Gevo and Virent are developing separate biobased routes to para -xylene, which is used to manufacture the purified terephthalic acid that makes up 70% of PET. Refreshing: Coca-Cola looking to shake up supply chain. Gevo’s process involves converting isobutanol, which the company will begin producing at large-scale in 2012...

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