Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. (Aventine) is engaged in marketing and distributing ethanol to energy and trading companies in the United States. The Company�s principal product is fuel-grade ethanol, an alcohol,l which is derived in the United States principally from corn. Ethanol is sold primarily for blending with gasoline to meet mandates for the required consumption and use of biofuels, as an octane enhancer, as an oxygenate additive for the purpose of meeting fuel emission standards and as a fuel extender. In addition to producing ethanol, the Company�s facilities also produce several by-products, such as distillers grain, corn gluten meal and feed, corn germ and grain distillers dried yeast. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company�s facilities had a combined total ethanol production capacity of approximately 312 million gallons annually with corn processing capacity of approximately 115 million bushels.