2018 has been an action-packed year at Novozymes, across all our industries and regions. We sped into 2018 with an exciting launch in our bioenergy division, adding Innova Drive, a yeast product, to our biofuels portfolio.

New legislation in the European food industry came into force in April, limiting acrylamide levels in food production. Luckily for food producers, we have a solution, Acrylaway®, which cuts down acrylamide content in baked goods and other foods by up to 95%.

Over in Turkey, April also saw the opening of our Innovation & Technology Center in Istanbul. At this new customer center, we work closely with our customers in the Middle East and Africa to develop solutions tailored to regional needs, trends and production processes.

Our own production processes came into the spotlight in June, when the Kalundborg Symbiosis, of which we are a part, was awarded the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award – a great example of a circular economy in action.

In September, Novozymes and DSM launched Balancius™, the world’s first enzyme to improve gut functionality for broiler chickens. It enables broilers to better take up nutrients, and poultry farmers can use less feed and move towards a more sustainable production.

October brought another reason to celebrate, when Science magazine ranked Novozymes among the top 3 science employers in the world. For the fourth consecutive year, Novozymes ranks among the top ten best companies in the world.

Novozymes turned 18 years old on 13 November and our top management celebrated by baking a cake together.

Meanwhile in Nuremberg, Germany, our brewing team talked beer over a beer at BrauBeviale, the world’s most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry. This year, they brewed a 100% sorghum beer, which turned out to be a great conversation starter.

Our Biorefining division published a report in November, Bridging the gap to a sustainable future: Why advancing the biorefining platform is essential for a carbon-neutral world. At COP24, world leaders met to agree a new, international climate regime, so the report makes for a relevant read.

And finally, back in Denmark, we spent the latter part of the year taking part in a Mass Experiment. 35,000 Danish school children went out into nature on the hunt for good bacteria. Once the schools tested and analyzed their findings, they sent the tests to Novozymes for our scientists to screen and characterize the bacteria. The results will be published in January 2019 on a map of Denmark, showing where to find the various species of lactobacillus bacteria. The findings of new bacterial species will be available to everyone with an interest and passion for biology.

Here’s to 2019… happy New Year!