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- 05/04/2021

Locus FS: USDA Certifies 100% Biobased Content in Locus Performance Ingredients Biosurfactants

HPC Today

Formulators looking for green ingredients and cleaner CPG labels have new options which exceed minimum standards for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): biosurfactants developed by Locus Performance Ingredients (Locus PI)All of the company’s sophorolipid ingredients have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label for containing 100% biobasedrenewable contentincluding Ferma™ S (INCI name: glycolipids) for personal care formulations, and Amphi™ M (CAS# 1573124-58-9) for home care, cleaning, coatings and industrial applications.

The USDA’s BioPreferred Program was created to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products, helping to displace the need for non-renewable chemicals which plays an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that exacerbate global climate change. Biobased products, such as Locus PI’s sophorolipid biosurfactants, are cost-comparative, readily available and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.

“Locus Performance Ingredients is contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities and decreases our reliance on chemicals that are damaging to the environment,” said Vernell Thompson, USDA BioPreferred Program. We applaud the company for earning the USDA certified 100% Biobased Product label.

Locus PI has gained global recognition for its novel production methods and sustainable biosurfactant ingredients that replace and outperform legacy surfactants and palm-based ingredients. The company uses a patented fermentation process with a low carbon footprint and no volatile organic solvents to produce non-GMO, vegan and palm-oil free sophorolipids that eliminate any need for Prop 65 warnings or exposure to toxic trace materials. Locus PI’s technology has attracted interest from many of the largest global CPG brands, resulting in the company doubling capacity at the end of 2020.

“Formulators are facing an array of regulatory and performance challenges that can be solved through the use of our high-performance and 100% biobased sophorolipid ingredients,” said Tim Staub, CEO of Locus PI. “The USDA BioPreferred certification demonstrates to our CPG customers that Locus PI is focused on a robust value proposition which includes the trifecta of performance, safety and sustainability.”

To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, visit For more information on Locus PI’s sophorolipid ingredients, including applications and formulations details,