AHRENSBURG, GERMANY — SternEnzym GmbH & Co. KG, one of the companies of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, announced on Sept. 2 that it will soon offer its customers from the distilling industry in Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and the Ukraine enzyme and yeast solutions all from one source. In order to do this, the company said it has entered a cooperative marketing agreement with Lallemand Ethanol Technology, a subsidiary of Lallemand Inc.

The products offered by the two companies are necessary for the manufacture of spirits. SternEnzym develops and markets a wide range of enzymes tailor-made to meet the needs of distilleries. Lallemand Ethanol Technology offers distilleries special yeasts and compounds of yeast nutrients. The combined use of enzymes and yeasts permits simultaneous saccharification and fermentation. SternEnzym said this process strategy reduces the risk of infection with micro-organisms and increases the alcohol yield.

To ensure that the products are optimally adjusted to each other and develop their full effect, the two companies said they have created a product range that optimally meets the requirements of distilleries in the target markets. Under the names "Quickferm," "Quickferm Nutri," and "Quickmaxx," they supply special yeasts, vitamin and mineral mixtures as yeast nutrients and also antibiotics that ideally augment the familiar enzymes from the Spritase range.

"Because of the lean and flexible structures of two family businesses, we were able to work together to develop tailor-made solutions our customers would like to order from a single source," said Lennart Kutschinski, managing director of SternEnzym. In return, Lallemand Ethanol Technology will have easier access to distilleries in these regions through SternEnzym’s good network.