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Cell-O-Core® Announces Strategic Partnership with Penka® Biosolutions

A fully biodegradable and functional alternative to plastics is now available worldwide.

[Wadsworth, OH & Guadalajara, MX]: Cell-O-Core®, the United States’ oldest and most trusted name in drinking straws, today announced a new partnership with agave plant-based product innovator Penka®.

This partnership will transform the industry by providing an eco-friendly, biodegradable, and high-quality alternative to plastic- or paper-based cutlery and straws – one that will not taint the flavor or melt in your mouth.

“We are beyond excited to introduce the world’s first high-quality 100% biodegradable alternative to our traditional plastic products,” says Evan Nelson, Cell-O-Core® Executive Vice President. “We have been searching for a cost-effective, eco-conscious, and versatile solution, and Penka’s agave biomaterial is the perfect fit.”

“With climate change accelerating and the need for sustainability becoming more important than ever, the timing of this partnership could not have been better,” says Ernesto Amescua, Penka® Chief Executive Officer. “With Cell-O-Core’s manufacturing capabilities and our technology, we truly believe that this partnership can change the world.”

The benefits of this new partnership include:

  • Worldwide distribution of 100% landfill biodegradable, FDA-certified BPA free straws, cutlery, and other traditionally plastic consumables and custom products

  • Increased manufacturing capability from Cell-O-Core’s four US-based production facilities

  • Utilization of the world’s first, best, and patented bio-based agave bagasse fiber processing technology: Polyagave®

About Cell-O-Core®: Established in 1945 to provide the country with child-safe sucker sticks, Cell-O-Core® has evolved into the world’s most trusted manufacturer of drink stirrers, straws, cutlery, and a wide array of consumables. With three manufacturing facilities across the continental United States, Cell-O-Core® has the knowledge, experience, and capacity to supply the world.

About Penka®: Penka®, the creator of the first-ever agave-made biodegradable straw in the world, is a Guadalajara-based company that designs, manufactures, and sells innovative products made from patented bio-based compounds. In addition to straws and cutlery, Penka® also designs innovative and eco-conscious cups, containers, other household products, and custom projects that help save the world – one turtle at a time.

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