Emerald Kalama Chemical Wins HCPA 2020 Innovation Award

Emerald Kalama Chemical wins award for its Kalaguard SB sodium benzoate preservative.
Emerald Kalama Chemical wins award for its Kalaguard SB sodium benzoate preservative.

The Household and Commercial Products Association (HCPA) has recognized Emerald Kalama Chemical with a 2020 Innovation Award in the ingredients category, in recognition of Emerald’s achievement registering Kalaguard SB sodium benzoate as a new preservative option under U.S. EPA FIFRA.

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Emerald also completed EU Biocidal Products Registration for Kalaguard SB in 2019. Following that registration, a business development manager for Emerald said that it has already worked with manufacturers in Europe to incorporate Kalaguard SB into over 200 commercialized home care products, with many more on the horizon.

Steve Caldeira, president and CEO, HCPA said, “Congratulations to Emerald for its Innovation Award for Ingredients. It is a privilege to work with a company that is so committed to creating products that help improve lives. This is a well-deserved recognition, especially in a year in which the household and commercial products industry continues to play such a critical role in the daily lives of Americans.”

Rosanna Stokes, business development manager for Emerald’s consumer specialties business in the Americas said, “I am thrilled that HCPA has recognized Kalaguard SB with this award. HCPA is an important industry association working to address challenges such as preservation. By investing substantial time and resources in the pursuit of EU BPR and EPA FIFRA approval for Kalaguard SB, Emerald has succeeded in expanding the palette of in-can preservatives, while also fulfilling current market needs for a green, nature identical, skin-friendly option,”

Sodium benzoate has been used for decades as an effective preservative to inhibit microbial growth in foods, beverages and cosmetics. Because it is green and gentle on the skin, Emerald’s development team realized that it is also an attractive preservative for other consumer product applications. It is non-sensitizing, nature identical, biodegradable and listed on the EPA Safer Choice Chemical Ingredients List as “verified to be of low concern," said Stokes. 

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