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Melodea Enters U.S. With Plastic-Free Packaging Solution

Melodea, Ltd.’s new U.S. plant will boost production of its paper sidestream-sourced barrier coating to serve the Americas.

Melodea Enters Us With Plastic Free Packaging Solution

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Melodea produces barrier coating material sourced from wood pulp, a sidestream of the paper-making industry. Its innovative green solution is helping food, beverage, and consumer goods packagers sever unwanted ties with plastic.

Melodea developed a unique formula derived from cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) that can withstand high humidity and protects packed products from oxygen, water, oil, and grease. This sturdy but lightweight plant material offers an alternative to plastic and aluminum for maintaining the quality and integrity of packaged foods. As a forestry by-product, it also is biodegradable, fully recyclable, and non-toxic to people or the environment. The award-winning material currently is being used for the manufacture of paper-based pouches, lids, molded pulp trays, and more.

In line with increasing demand from the U.S. market, Melodea will operate a toll manufacturing plant in the U.S. that will allow for the cost-effective production, shipping, and easier logistics of its two leading products: MelOx™, which protects packaged products from oxygen and oil and grease transmission; and VBcoat™, which counteracts the transmission of water, oil, and grease. All of Melodea’s barrier coatings are in compliance with FDA regulations for food packaging.

“CNC from naturally abundant and renewable cellulose is emerging as one of the most promising green solutions to help replace environmentally harmful materials,” said Shaul Lapidot, CEO and co-founder of Melodea. “The new plant, combined with our newly established ties in the US, can potentially triple our manufacturing capacity to meet amplified demands. It also will shorten the travel and subsequent carbon footprint by bringing production closer to our main markets in South America and the U.S.”

Melodea estimates it will be ready to start shipping locally from the U.S. site within the next 3 to 6 months as it initiates production of its novel barrier coatings with a local U.S. partner. The new pipeline will serve its current North American clients (including leading food and consumer goods companies) and further expand its client network.


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