Novolex obtains a patent for the Cutlerease utensil dispenser


Now available to rent or buy, this revolutionary system offers a disposable utensil that both reduces germs and makes life easier for employees and guests.

Novolex obtains a patent for the Cutlerease utensil dispenserHartsville, South Carolina ( Waddington North America™ (WNA), a brand of Novolex®, today announced that it has been granted a new patent for Cutlerease®, an innovative dispenser that offers customers one disposable utensil at a time.

Thanks to the patent, Novolex can now offer its customers the option of renting or buying Cutlerease dispensers, making it even easier for catering establishments to take advantage of its many advantages. The unique system reduces waste, reduces the spread of germs, saves space and provides customers with a more convenient way to obtain utensils.

The customer simply removes the utensil from the dispenser by pulling on the handle of the desired spoon, fork or knife. Once the utensil is removed, another appears, ready for the next guest.

The new patent covers the Cutlerease refill system which maximizes efficiency and hygiene when loading replacement utensils. It includes refill packs that make restocking easy and don’t require employees to touch the cutlery themselves. The dispenser also works with compostable cutlery from Eco-Products®, a Novolex brand.

“We are thrilled to receive a patent that recognizes the unique attributes of our revolutionary Cutlerease Dispenser,” said Bill Gallop, Senior Director of Product Design at WNA. “Cutlerease is easy to load and simple to use. Customers take exactly what they need, touching only the utensils they will use, creating less waste and more peace of mind. »

The patented system includes refills that consist of a stack of utensils with an adhesive strip applied to one side. This makes it easy to quickly fill in two simple steps: load the stack into the tower, then peel off the adhesive. Cutlerease refills are compactly grouped to reduce case size, which in turn takes up less space in storage.

The dispenser is a breakthrough in efficiency, convenience and hygiene compared to current refill technologies on the market, which typically use square cartridges or complex wraparound bands that can cause system blockages. Cutlerease can also distribute compostable knives, forks and spoons from Eco-Products.

Additionally, Cutlerease now offers custom Clingz™ brand decals that can be applied to the sides of units, providing a “billboard” space that can be used for branding, advertising, menus or other promotions. This unique advantage allows Cutlerease to help customers convey messages to their consumers through a sales item.

Cutlerease’s easy refill system is just one of its many advantages. Amongst others :

  • Cutlerease has no trays or levers, further reducing germ transfer. Guests only touch the handle of the utensil they want.
  • The system is now offered with single, double or triple tower bases to hold a full set of forks, knives and spoons or just one or two types of utensils. This allows food service operators to mix and match utensils. For example, the distributor might offer a knife/fork/spoon combination at a restaurant, or two rounds of spoons at a frozen yogurt store.
  • The system’s compact footprint saves a lot of counter space and reduces refill frequency by holding up to 360 place settings. Cutlerease features a red indicator tab to indicate when cutlery is low and time to reload.
  • No batteries or electrical outlets are required, allowing operators to place Cutlerease where customers are best served.

A short video highlighting the features of Cutlerease can be viewed at

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Novolex obtains a patent for the Cutlerease utensil dispenser

About Novolex

Novolex develops and manufactures various packaging products for multiple industries in the restaurant, delivery and delivery, food processing and industrial markets that touch nearly every aspect of daily life. The Novolex family of brands provides customers with innovative food and delivery packaging and performance solutions for their business needs today while investing in research and development to design more sustainable choices for the future. With more than 10,000 employee families, Novolex operates 57 manufacturing plants in North America and Europe, including two world-class plastic film recycling centers. To learn more about Novolex, visit


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