Merrillville-based MonoSol, which dominates the global market for a water-soluble films, launched a new product that food processors will use in Latin America.
The company, which employs around 500 people at facilities in Merrillville, Portage and LaPorte, engineered the product for Dicoisa, a Mexico City-based supplier of color additives in food processing. The new customer will use MonoSol's Vivos film in pouches that will be used to send food colors to food processors in Latin America.
The clear, tasteless, and odorless pouches dissolve when exposed to water, releasing the color additives or other products, according to a news release. Food manufacturers or commercial kitchens could use them with ingredients, food colors, spices, flavors, sweeteners, enzymes, and oils.
MonoSol's new food-grade film pouches can be used to deliver pre-measured quantities, which could be used to improve mixing and product consistency, according to the company. Food or beverage manufacturers would have better control over the exact amount of ingredients, and wouldn't have to worry about contaminating other food products they might make in the same facility.
The soluble film maker, which started out in 1953 by serving the agricultural chemical industry, found tremendous success with Tide Pods and is now expanding into new markets like personal care, food ingredients, water treatment, and oil and gas.
MonoSol, which is owned by Japanese company Kuraray, just opened a new $95 million plant in Portage, where it expects to hire 150 workers over the next few years.