The Walmart grocery store chain announced Friday that it would start producing slime from a different source than Walmart, thanks to a partnership with a company that sells the material online.
The deal, which Walmart calls “Glow Slime Technology,” was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s a big deal,” said Jason Zimber, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“This is going to make it much easier for us to get our product on shelves.”
The partnership is the latest effort by Walmart to expand its business in the slime-making industry.
Walmart is expanding its own slime production by manufacturing and selling the material through a new company, the Walmart Spices Company, based in New York.
“We are pleased to partner with Glow Slime Technologies to make our products more accessible for consumers and for those in the food industry who want to help us achieve our mission of giving everyone the chance to live a healthier, more vibrant life,” Walmart spokeswoman Taryn Johnson said in a statement.
“The partnership will also help us meet our global commitment to zero waste by 2025.”
A spokeswoman for Glow Slime declined to comment.
The partnership with Walmart will make it easier for the company to obtain and sell the material, which is made by mixing a mixture of cornstarch and a chemical called borax.
The two companies hope to sell the product in Walmart stores by the end of the year, Johnson said.
Walmart Spice also recently completed a partnership in which it is selling a mix of natural, non-GMO, and genetically modified ingredients in a variety of grocery stores in the United States.
A spokesperson for Walmart Spicing said that the new partnership is an important part of Walmart’s commitment to make products more readily available to consumers.
“While our commitment to eliminating waste is still very much at the forefront of our thinking, we are pleased that we have found a partner in Walmart who understands our mission and who can help us further our efforts to make natural and biodegradable products accessible for everyone,” said Michael Whelan, the vice president of corporate development at Walmart Spiced.
“As we have said for years, Walmart Spics goal is to help the planet and we are excited to work with Walmart to continue this mission,” he said.