The soy checkoff last year helped commercialize more than 30 soy-based products from foam auto seating to candles.
The products join the total of more than 800 products that have been developed with soy checkoff support since 1990.
United Soybean Board director Dale Profit has seen many advancements firsthand and anticipates even more soy-based product development in the future.
"Some new uses, like biodiesel, are high-volume," Profit explains. "Other products, like carpet backing, paint and concrete-release forms, may use smaller amounts of soy, but have higher value. The market for ingredients like soy polyols keeps increasing in industries ranging from automotive to furniture manufacturers, which increases the demand for U.S. soy at home and abroad."
Manufacturers use soy-based options to displace petroleum, latex, mineral oil and other products.
The checkoff says raw materials from soy provide environmental benefits and have been proven to perform as well or better as the ingredients they replace in a wide range of products, at a comparable cost.
New products include NASCAR racing tires, traffic line paint, foam underlayment for floors, wood adhesive systems, closet panels, plywood with soy adhesive, degreasers and soy-based candles.
For a complete list of soy-based products and manufacturers, download the Soy Products Guide.
Source: Soy checkoff