Board Converting News, February 22, 2021

WestRock Lead Researcher Receives GenNext Award

Natasha Melton, lead R&D researcher at Norcross, Geor- gia based WestRock, was awarded a GenNext Award from Progressive Grocer for her contri- butions to foodservice packaging sustainability. Melton used her back- ground in biotechnology to address foodservice packaging sustainability problems by helping develop a recy- clable, compostable paperboard cup prototype designed to hold hot and cold beverages. Melton is one of 12 winners of the Next- Gen Consortium’s NextGen Cup Challenge. WestRock says Melton was also instrumental in com- bining sustainability, performance and consumer appeal with her work on an alternative to traditional polycoat barriers used in foodservice packaging to prevent stain- ing from oil and grease, helping develop EnShield Natural Kraft paperboard—earning WestRock an AF&PA award for its sustainability advancements. Melton leads a women in science and engineering group at Westrock and a pathways to science program that recruits and develops Latina girls for STEM careers. Visit and www.westrock. com for more information. Natasha Melton

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February 22, 2021

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