Quillay (Quillaja) is a tree that grows only in Chile (Quillaja saponaria Molina), whose biomass (wood, bark, leaves and roots) has a high content of triterpenic saponins. Saponins are natural emulsifiers and multipurpose foaming agents.
Our forestry department locate in Chile; utilizes the entire Quillaja tree biomass in the production of Quillaja Extracts and Powders. Since 1998, the biomass is obtained from the pruning of native forests, and more recently from plantations utilizing branches, bark, and limbs.
We have pioneered the establishment of Quillaja plantations to supply biomass. This decreases pressure on native forests and helps to increase tree distribution. DKI’s goal is to systematically transition to plantation raw material. Pruning in high density plantations can be achieved in 3-4 years.
Biomass from our Quillaja plantations and native forests reduces the destruction of trees, while ensuring the same quality products and a constant supply of Quillaja for years to come.