VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 11, 2018 (CNW) -Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. ("Fortress Global") is pleased to announce that it has entered, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Inc. ("FortressAB"), into a Technology License and Collaboration Agreement (the "License Agreement") with Mondelēz International, Inc. ("Mondelēz"), one of the world's largest snacking companies. Pursuant to the terms of the License Agreement, Mondelēz has agreed to grant an exclusive worldwide license to FortressAB to use its sugar-based bioproduct manufacturing technology that was jointly developed by Mondelēz and S2G Biochemicals Inc. ("S2G"). Fortress Global acquired S2G in March of 2018 and established FortressAB to commercialize the licensed technology.
The licensed technology is the result of a multi-year collaboration between Mondelēz and S2G to provide an environmentally sustainable process to produce cost-optimized, sugar-based bioproducts, including xylitol, a premium low-calorie sweetener used in gum, candy and food products. Fortress Global produces an ideal feedstock for the process at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Thurso, Québec, by rinsing hemicellulose sugars from sustainably harvested, non-GMO, hardwood trees.Mondelēz will collaborate with FortressAB to demonstrate the technology through funding and technical support for the construction of a xylitol and complementary bioproducts demonstration plant at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill scheduled to start up in 2020. If successfully demonstrated, the licensed technology could be scaled up to commercially produce approximately 20,000 tonnes per year of xylitol and complementary bioproducts from the hemicellulose sugars available from the Thurso mill. Fortress Global believes that a full-scale plant at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill utilizing the licensed Mondelēz technology together with S2G's knowhow will be one of the lowest cost producers of xylitol globally.
Giovanni Iadeluca, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Global, commented: "We are very pleased that a global leader such as Mondelēz has chosen to work with Fortress Global to commercialize this important technology for xylitol production.Mondelēz has agreed to an exclusive, worldwide license on mutually attractive commercial terms, including commitments in principle relating to the purchase of xylitol from the demonstration plant and a future commercial plant. Such support is important to enable Fortress Global to move forward confidently with the xylitol and complementary bioproducts demonstration project at its dissolving pulp mill."
In addition to the Mondelēz support, FortressAB is negotiating definitive grant, equity and loan funding agreements for the demonstration project with various organizations within the federal and provincial governments. The funding will support installation and operation of demonstration-scale equipment to produce xylitol for qualification and use by Mondelez and other customers. Fortress will be evaluating the production of complementary bioproducts over the course of the 3-year demonstration project.
About Fortress Global Enterprises
Fortress Global operates its dissolving pulp business at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Thurso, Québec, Canada, which also operates in the renewable energy generation sector through its cogeneration facility. Fortress Global operates its bioproducts business through FortressAB, with laboratory and pilot plant facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Fortress Xylitol Inc., a special purpose company established to construct a demonstration plant to produce xylitol and complementary bioproducts at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. empowers people to snack right in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor's 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.