HPP is a relatively new processing technology adopted by a range of food manufacturers. In the US, those include Starbucks, dip maker Wholly Guacamole, condiments producer Boathouse and more.
The technology appeals because it helps food firms and brand owners deliver clean labels, safer product and higher quality, Because it can kill microbes without heat, it reduces the loss of flavor, texture changes and nutrient reduction.
To help food firms getting into HPP, MI-based All Natural Freshness has launched a customizable automated tolling system. Stackable, movable, ship-ready buffering lets operations high-pressure process fresh products and launch to market quickly.
The company’s tolling station network gives food firms same-day processing for fresh product. HPP baskets are filled with product into pallets directly from production, sent to the tolling station in an unprocessed cold-storage buffer, then high-pressure processed.
After, the processed HPP baskets are transferred to cold storage. Product in the basket pallets are secured, loaded into trucks, then shipped to distribution channels the same day. According to Kathy Juhrs, vice president of business development for All Natural Freshness, “The stackable tolling solution is a seamless, flexible high-pressure processing solution that keeps up with existing food production volume."
Trying out HPP
The stackable tolling system is suited toward several different types of food operations:
- small-scale food manufacturers
- companies ready to explore HPP but not yet poised to purchase equipment
- firms with low upfront capital cost requirements
- new HPP adopters needing help with packaging and certified recipes.
Gerald Ludwick, CEO of All Natural Freshness, said the company provides end-to-end service for food firms interested in testing the HPP waters.
“By understanding our customers’ needs we can best work together to come up with a strategy of how HPP may fit into their plans and how it will affect their market place,” he said.