Louisville, CO (PRWEB) November 20, 2013
Hope Fresh, a subsidiary of Hope Foods, has added an Avure model QFP-350L 600 HPP system to its High Pressure Processing (HPP) lineup. The larger machine marks a major step for the company in the toll processing industry.
The need for additional capacity as an Avure Technologies, Inc. Certified Tolling Partner in the Rocky Mountain region became evident shortly after the induction of Hope Fresh’s first HPP system in May 2013. The implementation of a larger machine allows Hope Fresh to provide customers with additional capacity, a service offering that Hope Fresh has recognized as important considering the growing awareness of HPP.
“The larger machine has allowed us to increase our throughput each hour, which also provides for a quicker turnaround time. Because of this, we are able to get the product to the retailer, distributor or customer much more efficiently and quickly,” says Morgan McArthur, head of business development for Hope Fresh. “The 350 liter machine is considered the workhorse of the industry and we are excited to have that on hand.”
This system is the first high pressure processing (HPP) system to be manufactured in the United States. The 350L machine was the first unit to be completed at Avure’s new manufacturing facility in Middletown, Ohio, in late September. “We are delighted to have the distinction of owning the first American-made HPP system,” comments Robbie Rech, President of Hope Fresh parent company Hope Foods. “The question of origin comes up frequently in food production, and it’s great to be able to interject that consideration in other aspects of the business. We value this opportunity to support domestic industry.”
Hope Fresh’s 58,000 sq. ft. facility currently houses two HPP machines and was built to accommodate up to 6,000,000 lbs. of capacity per month. Hope Fresh has the ability to add up to six machines in its current facility.
Hope Fresh views the acquisition of the 350L system as a commitment to the future of the food industry. “We are very excited about the need for additional capacity. The high demand we have seen for this technology has confirmed for us that this technology is the future of food safety,” McArthur states. “The more recalls and food-borne illness we see, the more we realize how important the technology is, not only from a food safety perspective but also from a shelf life perspective.”
What is HPP?
High Pressure Processing (HPP) is a commercially established, non-thermal, ultra-high water pressure application that is used to disable pathogens and extend shelf life in packaged refrigerated products. Pressures up to 87,000 psi disables pathogens such as Ecoli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Listeria in products as diverse as deli & raw ground meats, fresh juices, dips and spreads, wet salads, sauces, seafood and shellfish.
About HOPE Fresh
The first and only certified toll processor in the Rocky Mountain Region, HOPE Fresh offers High Pressure Processing (HPP) services to food producers looking to extend shelf life or increase food safety using pressure as an alternative to heat and preservatives. HOPE Fresh is a subsidiary of HOPE Foods, a premium natural food company located in Boulder, CO. For more information, visit http://www.hopefresh.com.