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A Primer on Oils Processing Technology

  1. Dan Anderson

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047167849X.bio077

Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products

Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products

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Anderson, D. 2005. A Primer on Oils Processing Technology. Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products. 5:1.

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  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


In the early days of oilseed production, functions were often far removed, and actions taken by one operation were done for optimization of its own performance with little consideration on impacts made on subsequent processes.

Within the last few years, the emphasis has changed from stand-alone operations toward the integrated manufacturing facility, producing a more complete range of value-added products from the raw seed to the dinner table. During this transition, operations have become more dependent on each other, as the individual functions involved must now consider the impact of their actions on the total process. At the same time, the scope of knowledge each operation must have of other functions has expanded, and it is important that at least a basic understanding of the “big picture” be available to the decision maker. The purpose of this Chapter is to provide an overview of the typical processes and interrelations associated with a total integrated facility.


  • oil processing;
  • oilseed production;
  • shortening;
  • margarine;
  • caustic refining;
  • acidulation;
  • degumming;
  • lecithin processing;
  • interesterification;
  • dewaxing;
  • hydrogenation;
  • fractionation;
  • deodorization