Birko Introduces a New and Improved Hide Curing Additive XLERATOR®

June 1, 2011

HENDERSON, Colo.—Birko, a leader in providing food safety solutions to the protein industry including quality process chemicals, today announced that its hide curing additive, XLERATOR®, has now been improved for even better cures on brine cured hides.

XLERATOR® is a 100% active compound for improving cure rate by maximizing salt absorption in the allotted curing time. It improves brine uptake and deodorizes brine, leaving a clean smell. As an added benefit, XLERATOR® acts as a hide conditioner and extends the storage life of cured hides. It also removes fold marks from previously cured and bundled hides.

All XLERATOR® ingredients are environmentally safe, non-hazardous and biodegradable.

XLERATOR® has now been improved to additionally increase the amount of brine that the hide absorbs in an average cure time of 12-18 hours in the raceway. “The added increase in brine saturation experienced by our customers is having a profound impact on the quality in hides cured with the new XLERATOR® formula,” said Mark Swanson, Birko’s Chief Executive Officer.

XLERATOR® is available in 55-gallon drums or totes. Hide curing with XLERATOR® requires only 1/3 gallon per 100 fleshed hides, or ½ gallon per 100 unfleshed hides.

About Birko

Birko is a leader in providing food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures more than 250 cleaning, sanitation and production process chemicals, as well as specialized delivery equipment for meat, poultry, pork, produce and brewery applications. Birko also provides solutions used in antimicrobial interventions. Many Birko products are listed on the USDA NOP (National Organic Program) list of allowed products for use by organic processors, and many others are based on environmentally preferable or “environmentally neutral” formulas. Founded in 1953, Birko is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.