Food that stays fresh – longer.
Since 2001, Tony Salemi has been unlocking sustainable solutions that not only help our favorite foods stay fresh, but last longer too. Frustrated after multiple failed attempts to introduce his antimicrobial paper product to the medical industry, Tony decided that perhaps there were others who could benefit from his breakthrough technology.
Hunger is one of the most urgent development challenges we face on a global basis. Yet recovering just half of what is lost or wasted could feed the world alone. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that up to one-third of all food is spoiled or squandered before it is consumed by people.
MicrobeGuard was formed to develop proprietary active packaging paper, designed to minimize microbial growth, and to extend shelf life of stored food product. Our antimicrobial technology is effective against a broad range of micro-organisms, including bacterial, algae and fungus (both mold and yeast).
Increasing consumer demand for fresh, minimally processed and unaltered food, in addition to food industry businesses including processors, producers, grocery chains and restaurant operators focus on extending food product shelf life, is creating a tremendous market opportunity for the food contact paper industry. In particular, a segment of this industry is emerging, called “advanced packaging solutions” which is projected to be nearly $44 billion by 2017.
Our value proposition is straight forward and goes to the heart of the food service industry pain. Our antimicrobial paper products keep food fresher longer. Additional benefits are that our products stay strong when wet, do not absorb natural oils like traditional papers, reduce off-odors, wick away excess moisture and allow food to breath – unlike plastic wraps that suffocate foods. Important to consumer facing customers, these benefits keep help food maintain the appearance of freshness.
Our focus is to establish MicrobeGuard as a leading antimicrobial paper technology company in the $44 billion+ active and intelligent packaging market.
Tony Salemi | Founder & CEO
Mr. Salemi started his business career in 1982 with a small retail operation, which introduced him to the importance of providing personalized customer service to consumers, which became one of his guiding principles for the rest of his career. For the next 20 years, he owned and operated a premium and incentive business that designed and developed integrated marketing programs for corporate clients that used branding and custom products to bring awareness and increase sales of their product and service offerings within their respective marketplaces.
Mark Monaco | Senior VP Business Strategy & Ideation, and Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Monaco is a passionate business professional, former business owner and CEO with more than forty years of experience. He has achieved a level of prominence for his break-through work in the application of strategic business intelligence and creativity to business strategy, innovation, culture, and marketing practices. Today, he leads MicrobeGuard’s senior management team in exploratory visioning, business strategy formulation, and product ideation and development.
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