On Tuesday 15 May, 2018 a four-person delegation from Mitr Phol Group in Thailand visited the Audubon Sugar Institute of the LSU AgCenter in St. Gabriel, LA to tour the Institute’s outstanding sugar processing facilities. The Mitr Phol Group is Thailand's and Asia's biggest sugar and bio-energy producer. In addition to Thailand, Mitr Phol has operations and investments in China, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and most recently Australia. Its key business units include sugar, wood substitute materials, and renewable energy.In 2015, Mitr Phol was awarded the Bonsucro Sustainability Award after helping sugarcane farmers shifted to advance technology faming and help reduce the cost of production while adopting new technology. Mitr Phol was the first company in Thailand and second firm in Asia to be validated by Bonsucro.
The Mitr Phol delegation to the Audubon Sugar Institute was led by Dr. Chris Aurand, the Senior Expert for Innovation Global Sourcing.He was accompanied by Dr. Peeraya Klomsa-ard, Manager of Research Crop Production, Ms. Anutin Pattamasuwan, Sugar Technology Expert, and Ms. Morakot Sakulsombat, all from Mitr Phol Sugarcane Research Center in Phu Khiao, Thailand.The delegation was shown the Audubon Sugar Institute and its new and extensive pilot plant by Dr. Giovanna Aita, Julie King, Stuart L. Goudeau, and Chardcie Verret and were also accompanied by Dr. Gillian Eggleston who is to become the new Head of the Audubon Sugar Institute on June 1 and Dr. Wade Baumgartner, Associate Vice President of LSU AgCenter’s Strategic Initiatives.Future collaborations on sugarcane processing research were discussed.
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