R&D and Biotechnology

Soufflet Biotechnologies at the cutting edge in wine

14 March 2016

Wine-making is one of the areas of application of solid state fermentation, Soufflet Biotechnologies expertise. On a world market estimated at 15 million euros, Soufflet Biotechnologies is now in the top three.


A leading position

Enzyme mixes marketed under the Lyven brand are used in several stages of the wine-making process: filtering, clearing and revealing the colours of the juice. They are high quality products that are popular with producers. This is the case both in France and other countries, especially the United States, where French expertise in wine-making is the benchmark. To guarantee that quality, Soufflet Biotechnologies supplies fully tracked products and warrants their performance.

Exploring new applications

Soufflet Biotechnologies is exploring new routes in the wine domain with the support of its application laboratory at Colombelles, France, and a broad-based research team at Nogent-sur-Seine. Over the last year researchers have been focusing on the specifications for new products suited to new wine-making techniques, especially controlled heat wine-making, which is developing strongly. Although there already are commercial solutions, there is still a margin for real progress to maintain the effectiveness of enzymes on heat treated grape juices: Soufflet Biotechnologies intends to lead in this field.

A growth market

The use of enzymes in the wine industry is set to continue to grow, because it is estimated that at least 50% of the wine produced does not use them, especially in Central Europe. Trials and demonstrations with wine makers are thus under way to inform them about Lyven’s enzyme solutions. Soufflet Biotechnologies thus intends to continue to grow on this promising market.

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Our approach

Right from the outset, the Soufflet Group developed itself in the wheat and barley industries by broadening the scope of its activities and acquiring more in-depth expertise from collection to transformation. Controlling all aspects of the production chain, in order to serve all its stakeholders, has always been our culture.