September 19, 2023 By P&PC Staff
Dart Container Corporation is now a strategic equity partner in Red Leaf Pulp.
The investment secures Dart’s exclusive rights to use Red Leaf’s alternative fibre generated from wheat straw residuals for its molded fibre food service packaging.
Red Leaf, a private Canadian company, is scaling up a proprietary and cost-competitive process to convert residual wheat straw into market pulp and next-generation bio-products. Its innovative and low-carbon process reportedly addresses the supply of materials for the growing market for sustainable packaging, tissue/towel and specialty paper products.
The agreement also provides Dart access to significant capacity from Red Leaf’s initial conversion facility, scheduled for completion in 2026 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
“Dart is excited to partner with Red Leaf as part of our strategy to expand our molded fibre product line and offer additional packaging that earns our ProPlanet seal,” said Dart CEO Keith Clark. “Red Leaf is an innovative and environmentally focused company, and their disciplined approach to development of this and ensuing fibre projects gives us confidence in their abilities to become a major raw materials supplier.”
Red Leaf CEO Martin Pudlas stated that “the successful commissioning of our demonstration plant by our dedicated team was key to producing fibre that met Dart’s stringent quality and sustainability requirements. Collaborating with Dart’s tremendous technical and leadership teams over the past several months was incredibly rewarding and has deepened Red Leaf’s understanding of our fibre’s capabilities.”
“We look forward to expanding our partnership with Dart as we advance toward final detailed design and financing of the Red Leaf Regina project,” Pudlas continued. “We’re also excited about the planned next steps for further testing of our alternative fibre and bio-products with foundational customers in other market segments.”
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