HPP combined with other food processing techniques

High Pressure Processing (HPP) is a non-thermal preservation technology that extends shelf life and ensures food safety, at the same time that sensory and nutritional attributes of fresh foods are retained. HPP is efficient inactivating microorganisms such as Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli or Salmonella spp. Industrially applied and potential food processing techniques that can be used in combination with HPP to launch new products into the market are here discussed.

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Raw pet food – caring for their nutrition is caring for them

There is an increasing number of pet owners looking to feed their pets with raw food, also known as BARF diet, due to the perceived health benefits. High pressure processing (HPP) is a technology that allows the production of safe raw pet food while keeping its organoleptic and nutritious characteristics, without the addition of any artificial preservatives. As a result, the number of raw pet food products in the market is thriving, giving consumers a variety of healthy solutions to feed their pets.

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HPP technology, a guarantee for food safety in meat products

550 million people worldwide contract a foodborne infection (FI) every year, despite efforts made by governments, farms, industries and consumers to ensure food safety in products such as meat. High hydrostatic pressure (APH) or high pressure processing (HPP) is presented as a real strategic option for the fight against E. coli, Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in this type of fresh or processed products.

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HPP in the food service industry

Food safety is one of the biggest concerns among food service companies. HPP technology is the appropriate solution for them due to its capability to inactivate different bacteria, yeasts and molds. Moreover, shelf life is substantially increased reducing food waste and optimizing food storage. It is applied in already packaged products, avoiding any kind of recontamination until the product is opened. Moreover, it preserves the original texture, flavor and nutritional value of the food without using any chemical additives. Read more to discover real cases of HPP in the food service industry.

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HPP Avocado and Guacamole: a non-stop growing segment

The development of avocado based products would not have been possible without High Pressure Processing (HPP), which allows producers to differentiate their product from competitors, in addition to considerably reduce the amount of rejected product. HPP technology completely reduces or avoids the use of chemical preservatives, achieving natural products and helping the producer to open new markets to market their HPP avocado products.

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Foodborne parasite control: the use of HPP to minimize infection risk

The risk of foodborne parasite infection is always present in the consumption of raw foods. Parasites are present all over the environment, representing a hazard for food safety in fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy products, etc., with infection symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal discomfort to life threatening conditions. That is why parasite control capability of HPP plays a relevant role. Scientists and health authorities estimate that parasite outbreaks largely go unnoticed due to difficulties associated with detection and diagnostic techniques. As in the case of many foodborne pathogens, available scientific studies suggest that HPP is a viable way to minimize risk associated with parasites, while providing consumers the unique experience of tasting fresh foods.

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HPP Ready-To-Eat products: Natural and healthy food in a minute

Some HPP ready-to-eat products of "The Siup Spoon" brand

HPP Ready-To-Eat products adapt perfectly to the current consumer’s needs offering convenience and quality at the same time. Concepts such as prepared food or precooked food used to be incompatible with terms like natural, premium and healthy products. HPP technology has broken with this preconceived correlation, allowing to offer high quality RTE products with a great shelf life without applying heat nor adding any preservatives. All while keeping all the nutritional and organoleptic properties of the food. Keep reading and discover more about the advantages provided by high pressure processing applied to the RTE category.

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HPP milk: High Pressure Processing in the dairy industry

Milk and dairy products are an excellent source of proteins, vitamins and minerals. These products have been traditionally consumed fresh, which led to numerous outbreaks and commercial loses. Thermal pasteurization greatly improved shelf life and food safety, but organoleptic quality of the resulting products was affected. Since late XIX century, High Pressure Processing (HPP) positioned as a valid alternative to heat pasteurization to maintain taste, color and texture of dairy products at the same time that spoilage microorganisms and pathogens are inactivated. Continue reading

A dip beyond guacamole: HPP hummus is the next big thing in plant-based dips

High Pressure Processing (HPP) is widely used as a non-thermal preservation technology for guacamole shelf-life extension, an application that is second only to fresh juices in terms of popularity, however new products are experiencing a fast growth within the HPP Dips category. Straight from the Middle East, HPP hummus is leading the growth of the category through a rainbow of unique flavors and colors well preserved by HPP.

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“Bacalaos Alkorta” achievements with high pressure processing (HPP)

Cod is amongst the most demanded fish in Europe due its nutritious, lean meat, and unique taste. Bacalaos Alkorta, one of the cod processing leaders around the world, identified the potential safety hazards and time investment during the desalting step although the shelf life of desalted cod is just within 3-7 days with proper handling and refrigeration. Thus, Bacalaos Alkorta decided to invest in the HPP technology for safety and shelf life extension, without comprising the quality of cod. Bacalaos Alkorta recently launched HPP cod loins, fillet crumbles, and Basque cuisine delicacy “kokotxas” (cod jowl), with enhanced safety and high product quality. This way, Bacalos Alkorta proudly steps into the HPP family with very interesting commercial applications, in the always challenging seafood sector.

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