22 April 2013

Penford teams up with Elmer’s® to develop New School Glue Naturals™

PenFlex™ technology working with 99 percent natural ingredients from renewable plant-based resources

Penford Products, a division of Penford Corporation, today announced its support behind the launch of a natural school glue jointly developed with Elmer’s® Products, Inc. The natural glue, which is being marketed as Elmer’s® School Glue Naturals™, uses Penford’s proprietary PenFlex™ technology.

Elmer’s pourable School Glue Naturals consists of 99 percent natural ingredients and is made from renewable plant-based resources. The adhesive is safe, non-toxic and washable and was also designed to apply and dry clear to meet parents and teachers needs for school products.

“Through our third-party consumer and industry research, we understood that eco-conscious parents and teachers prefer more natural alternatives to traditional school supplies,” said Lisa Singer, senior product manager for the Elmer’s Stationery category. “We are proud to satisfy this demand with the first and only natural school glue, and are appreciative of the support and technology Penford Corporation provided.”

“Our work with Elmer’s exemplifies our approach to partnering with customers to deliver product innovations that are aligned with growing consumer interest in natural and renewable products which also support our customers’ sustainability initiatives,” said Tom Malkoski, CEO of Penford Corporation.

Penford’s PenFlex process is a platform technology that converts starch into a variety of naturally-derived products designed to replace synthetic, petroleum-derived materials. The naturally-derived products produced with the PenFlex process can displace synthetic materials in a variety of applications including paper coatings, paints and adhesives.

About Penford Products
Penford Products, founded in 1895, is a division of Penford Corporation. An innovation and service-driven organization, Penford Products is a leading global supplier of specialty bioproducts for use in a variety of industrial applications including coatings, adhesives and polymers. Penford Products is focused on developing sustainable technologies and applications to replace petroleum-derived materials with cost-effective, naturally derived substitutes that perform equal to or better than synthetics. Headquartered at its biorefinery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Penford Products operates a world-class bioproducts technology development center and has over 250 employees.

About Elmer’s® Products, Inc.
Elmer’s® Products, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been a trusted brand and industry leader for more than 65 years. Elmer’s produces a variety of well-known adhesives, arts and crafts, educational and office products for use at home, school or business. Elmer’s branded products are developed to provide project solutions and to inspire people to create, build and learn for life. Elmer’s also markets the number one instant adhesive in the U.S., Instant Krazy Glue®, and X-ACTO®, a leader in innovative cutting blades, knives and office supply products.

Source: Penford Products, press release, 2013-04-22.

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