Cereplast Announces Algaeplast(TM), Inc

Cereplast Announces Algaeplast(TM), Inc  Cereplast to Channel All Its Breakthrough Algae Activity in a New Subsidiary  EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP) (the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable bioplastics, today announced the incorporation of a new wholly owned subsidiary, Algaeplast™, Inc. Algaeplast' s focus will be the development and manufacture of algae-based bioplastics. Cereplast has been a pioneer in algae-based plastics, helping to bring the first products made from Cereplast Algae Bioplastics™ grades to market in 2011, and with the recent commercialization of Biopropylene^® 109D in December of 2012.  Cereplast introduced the concept in late 2009, with a target of reaching a bioplastic made from 50% algae bio-content. Algaeplast's ultimate goal is to bring to market new polymers made from 100% algae content. Recently, the Company commercialized small quantities of Biopropylene 109D, a compound with 20% post-industrial algae biomatter. The research and development team is currently developing a grade with a higher percentage of algae bio-content. Based on customer interest, the Company has determined that the demand for bioplastics made from algae is significant, and therefore has created Algaeplast, which will focus on this new sector. Algaeplast has been created to develop a new monomer and polymers made from algae.  Mr. Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast, stated, "With recent developments made in the algae-to-oil process, the company believes it will reach its goal within less than 5 years, either solely or in partnership with other significant players in the field."  Recently, Cereplast announced that it uses a post-industrial process that significantly reduces the odor that is normally inherent to algae biomatter, eliminating customer concerns about working with the material. Additionally, the Company uses algae biomass byproducts from algae biofuels and nutritionals that do not rely on the commercialization of biofuel production. These advancements fostered the commercialization of the Cereplast Algae Bioplastics product line earlier than expected.  Mr. Scheer added, "We began developing algae-based bioplastics in 2008, have made several breakthroughs since, and are very close to reaching our original goal of 50% algae bio-content. We continue to receive a lot of interest in this material for a variety of applications and are committed to further developing this new category of plastic. We foresee significant revenue potential. The next frontier for Algaeplast is to generate new polymers that are made with 100% algae bio-content, and based on our current level of knowledge, we anticipate reaching that goal within the next five years. The first milestone will be to increase the level of algae bio-content from 20% post-industrial algae biomatter to 50%, and this next step is imminent. Achieving these goals will require additional research, development and partnerships, and we have a very clear understanding of what needs to be done to reach this goal. As such, we felt that it was important to segregate this activity from the development of our starch-based bioplastic grades, and create Algaeplast."  About Cereplast, Inc.  Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics which are used as substitutes for traditional plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with traditional plastics. On the cutting-edge of biobased plastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® resins are ideally suited for single-use applications where high biobased content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Sustainables® resins combine high biobased content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging. Learn more at www.cereplast.com. 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