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Zep Buys Producer of Food Processing Plant Sanitizers

The cleaning products firm is expanding its portfolio of sanitation and food safety chemicals and services with the acquisition.

Cleaning solutions manufacturer and distributor Zep Inc. has purchased EcoClear LLC, a maker of sanitizing and disinfecting products for food processing plants and refrigerated facilitie, the company announced in a release this week.

Once the transaction is completed, EcoClear will become a part of AFCO, a Zep division that serves food and beverage customers. The deal expands AFCO’s portfolio of sanitation and food safety chemicals and services.

“AFCO|Zep is honored to bring Brian Hindt and the EcoClear team into the AFCO Food & Beverage Division,” Bob Klinetob, senior vice president and general manager of AFCO, said in a statement. “Over the last few months during the worldwide pandemic, EcoClear’s staff and service-oriented approach has successfully provided immediate solutions in response to COVID-19 and other levels of food defense challenges. By integrating EcoClear into Zep’s portfolio, we add another level of solutions-based offerings for our valued customers.”

Zep has introduced five new disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and soaps during the ongoing pandemic. Over 15 additional new products are slated to hit the market before the end of the year.

“This is an exciting opportunity for EcoClear and I am looking forward to joining a team like AFCO|Zep, who already has an established reputation in the food and beverage industry,” EcoClear CEO Brian Hindt said in the release. “AFCO|Zep’s three-step solution of deep cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining pairs well with the EcoClear process, and together, we can help enable our customers to keep their business operations running efficiently and safely.”



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