Baker Commodities acquires New Leaf Biofuel

The rendering company seeks to add value to the fats and oil it produces through biodiesel production
By Ron Kotrba | October 08, 2014

Rendering firm Baker Commodities Inc. announced Oct. 7 that it has acquired a controlling interest in New Leaf Biofuel, a 6 MMgy biodiesel facility in San Diego. Baker Commodities says its purchase of New Leaf allows it to expand into other markets that vertically integrate with its rendering operations, adding value to the fats and oils it produces.

“We are excited to have New Leaf Biofuel as a division that will continue the recycling of fats and oils into an environmentally clean and sustainable fuel for all Californians to use,” said Jim Andreoli, Jr., co-president of Baker Commodities. “As renderers, we in the industry have been recycling fats and proteins for hundreds of years, and to be able to use these materials to further support our society’s needs is a natural fit for our rendering business.”

New Leaf Biofuel has been operating since 2006, converting used cooking oil into biodiesel used in commercial and municipal fleets throughout California. New Leaf Biofuel President Jennifer Case and her husband Tyler Case, vice president of operations, will work with Baker as general operators of New Leaf Biofuel. “We couldn't be happier about becoming part of Baker Commodities,” said Case. “We are both family-owned businesses and share very similar philosophies and corporate sustainability goals. We’re excited to help the company in its future growth.”


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