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Cargill Dow is now NatureWorks LLC.

NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., is the new name of the subsidiary of Cargill, Inc. that produces NatureWorks polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymers and Ingeo PLA fibers. Cargill acquired Dow Chemical Co.'s 50% share of the former Cargill Dow LLC joint venture. The new company is still headed by Kathleen M. Bader, who had come to the joint venture from Dow Plastics.

PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from bacterial fermentation of cornstarch. Cargill is the original inventor of PLA and joined with Dow in 1997 because of Dow's marketing expertise in plastics. PLA is used commercially in films, bags, thermoformed packaging, bottles, and fibers.
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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