PEKIN, Ill. -- Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc., a producer, marketer and end-to-end provider of clean renewable energy, today announced that it has entered the biodiesel marketing business. The Company has begun to set up a marketing program for biodiesel similar to how it currently markets ethanol.

"We have signed up our first biodiesel supplier and customer," said Jim Sneed, vice president of marketing for Aventine. "While in its infancy right now, we expect to grow our biodiesel programs as we have our ethanol programs. Using the systems and assets we already have in place, we expect to be able to provide sufficient quantities of biodiesel to our current customers, as well as to new customers."

Ron Miller, Aventine's president and CEO, said, "As the country continues to embrace other sources of renewable fuels in addition to ethanol, we intend to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace to utilize our 25 years of experience, distribution assets, and customer relationships. Biodiesel is a natural progression and addition from ethanol for us.

"We will continue our focus on our existing ethanol alliance and expanding our own ethanol production facilities, while at the same time, adding another renewable fuel source to our product lineup."

Aventine is a leading producer, marketer and end-to-end distributor of ethanol to many leading energy companies in the United States. Aventine is also a marketer and distributor of biodiesel. In addition to ethanol, Aventine also produces distillers grains, corn gluten feed, corn germ and brewers' yeast.

SOURCE: Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings via PrimeNewswire.