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Zein: A natural Biopolymer from a Renewable Resource

Zein is the storage protein in corn kernels. It has a number of unique characteristics and functionalities which makes zein very valuable in diverse commercial applications.

It is:

  • A natural film-forming polymer.
  • Inherently resistant to water and grease penetration .
  • Thermoplastic, which means biodegradable plastics can be made from zein.
  • Non-allergenic, which permits its use in food products.
  • Classified as "GRAS", (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the F.D.A.

As a company, our first objective was to demonstrate the commercial potential for zein-based products in a number of applications. We have done that and currently sell highly successful products throughout North America.




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