Serial Entrepreneurs Launch Nabaco® Inc. to Extend Produce Freshness with a Revolutionary Coating

Gary Beall and Rusty Phillips have teamed up with experts in the produce industry to accelerate the growth of San Marcos, Texas-based Nabaco Inc.

Nabaco manufactures a revolutionary safe and edible coating, called NatuWrap, that extends the shelf life of produce. The patented, sustainable NatuWrap coating keeps moisture in, while keeping oxygen and unwanted microorganisms out. The odorless, colorless, tasteless technology extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, providing value to growers, packers, retailers and consumers.

NatuWrap is versatile to apply and cost-effectively reduces losses that account for billions of dollars lost each year in the produce supply chain.

Beall, the CEO, founder and chair of the board at Nabaco, has a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked in various industry roles for 21 years. He holds 48 U.S. patents and his research interests include clay nanoparticles, nanocomposites and graphene materials.

Phillips also has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of New Mexico. He has more than 40 years of industry experience and holds 15 U.S. patents. His research interests center around implant device product development. He is the founder and VP of technology for BioStable Science and Engineering, a cardiovascular implant device startup.

“I am excited about Nabaco because it is one of those rare occasions when the technology improves food quality, lowers food waste and improves the bottom line for farmers, distributors and retailers. It also has the side effect of lessening world food insecurity and greenhouse gas emissions,” Beall said.

Phillips met Beall at Texas State University and was impressed by his ability to bridge the gap between industry and academia.

“Gary is versatile and has a tremendously broad expertise. He understands the strengths and weaknesses of both industry and academia and is able to cross silos,” Phillips said. “Rusty’s years of experience in entrepreneurship, intellectual property and navigating the regulatory environment are critical to MSEC, Nabaco’s success and impacting student careers, food quality and supply.”

Nabaco is comprised of scientists, entrepreneurs, industry experts and researchers. The team includes leaders with decades of experience commercializing research into products. The Nabaco research team’s discovery, NatuWrap, is a fresh produce coating technology which lengthens produce longevity, increases grower, packer and retailer profitability, reduces waste and improves fresh food availability around the world.

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