New Independent Testing Reveals 20 Percent Jump in Shelf Life of Mountain House Foods

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Twelve-year pouch shelf life is longest to be verified in the emergency industry.

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“We know the emergency preparedness community takes great care in storing food. After all, the health, well-being, and comfort of their families depends on it”,” said Bohlen. “At Mountain House, we take the same care in creating our meals."

New testing by the Sensory Science Laboratory at Oregon State University has found the food pouches of Mountain House, the leading provider of freeze dried foods for outdoor recreation and long-term storage, offer a 20-percent longer shelf life than previously verified. The third-party testing, which Mountain House commissions on a regular basis to ensure their rigorous standards are met, showed a 12-year shelf life, compared to the 10-year shelf life previous testing had proved in 2012.

This represents the longest independently verified shelf life in the industry.

“Shelf life remains one of the most important variables in the emergency preparedness market, and we are continually looking to provide our consumers with the most up-to-date information on our products, backed by unbiased third-party testing,” said Reiner Bohlen, marketing manager at Mountain House. “Other companies may claim to offer pouches of food with longer shelf lives, but they fail to provide independent testing to substantiate those claims.”

For those looking to Mountain House for emergency preparedness or other long-term food storage needs, the brand’s food packaged in #10 cans offers a verified 25-year shelf life and has been a popular choice for decades. This latest testing on Mountain House foods packaged in proprietary pouches shows them to be another viable option for long-term storage. The pouches also provide greater variety, easier storage, and more convenient serving sizes.

To conduct the testing, the OSU Sensory Science Laboratory evaluated foods from Mountain House pouches archived 12 years ago and compared the results to the same recipes packaged this year. The testing found with a 99.9% confidence level that there is not a significant difference in taste between the current pouches of food and those that are aged 12 years.

“We know the emergency preparedness community takes great care in storing food. After all, the health, well-being, and comfort of their families depends on it”,” said Bohlen. “At Mountain House, we take the same care in creating our meals. We also have the most conservative definition of shelf life in the industry: virtually indistinguishable from new production. We want people to trust that in an emergency, they’ll be able to turn to Mountain House products for reliable, great-tasting and nutritious foods, on day one or year 12.”

Oregon Freeze Dry, the makers of Mountain House, has a long history of excellence in the freeze-dried foods industry, pioneering the necessary technology and processes for over 50 years. As part of a rigorous, ongoing quality assurance program, Mountain House regularly tests its own archived products rather than making assumptions based on “accelerated aging” or testing of other types of food. More information on Mountain House’s efforts in this area can be found on its website.

About Mountain House

Based in Albany, Ore., Mountain House has been the first choice of backpackers, hikers, campers and other outdoor adventurers for nearly 50 years. Mountain House is also a favorite long-term food storage solution for emergency preparedness. Mountain House strives to produce products that are convenient, lightweight and easy to prepare – and that have the longest proven shelf life in the industry. For more information and a complete list of product offerings, visit http://www.mountainhouse.com.

Kyle Mallory | Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications | kyle(at)koopmanostbo(dot)com | 503.517.6964

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