HPP Toller Combines 150 Million Pounds of Capacity with Strategic Co-Packing Alliance

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Stay Fresh Foods opens 2nd HPP Center in Pennsauken, NJ and announces partnership with Ragozzino Foods.

Stay Fresh Foods, a high pressure processing (HPP) toller, opens its second HPP tolling center in Pennsauken, NJ, near Center City, Philadelphia.

The center, slated for its official opening sometime in May 2015, is located less than 200 miles away from the first Stay Fresh Center in Meriden, CT and is strategically positioned with easy access to the NYC, Philadelphia and DC markets.

“We’re excited to report that the 66,000-square-foot facility will provide the full suites of services which our customers now expect of us, and be equipped with the industry’s most advanced HPP system, the Avure AV-60, already field-proven to deliver the highest HPP output available,” said Amy Lawless, Managing Director at Stay Fresh Foods.

“The AV-60 innovative design boasts Avure Generation 4 features such as new intensifiers, easier to maintain parts and larger diameter vessel to accommodate larger, bulky or odd shaped packages. The AV-60 will complement what we already make available through our AV-30 systems located in Meriden,” added Lawless.

The combined HPP capacity now available through Stay Fresh Foods will reach up to 150 million pounds per year.

“This type of capacity will be instrumental when it comes to enabling more manufacturers in the northeast to adopt HPP,” said Patrick Ditchfield, Vice President of Sales & Service at Avure.

The common theme amongst these manufacturers is their need to provide the marketplace with highly valued, highly nutritious foods that meet the clean label, food safety and refrigerated shelf life requirements of today’s retailers and foodservice chains.

By working through Stay Fresh and the Avure Applications Team, these companies can use HPP to meet and exceed customer demands while at the same time growing, or in some cases establishing, their business.

In addition to adding a new HPP center, Stay Fresh Foods formalized a strategic alliance with long established and family owned private label co-manufacturer, Ragozzino Foods, also located in Meriden CT.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Stay Fresh and its technology partner Avure HPP,” said Nancy Ragozzino, President at Ragozzino Foods. “This partnership not only allows Stay Fresh to more comprehensively service their customer base, but also opens up the opportunity for some of the current and future Ragozzino Foods’ customers to leverage the benefits of HPP,” added Ragozzino.

“Some of our newest customers, who wish to be food marketers rather than manufacturers, ask us about the possibility of having their products produced by a geographically suitable outside company before it arrives at our locations for the HPP and related upstream services. Our exclusive partnership with Ragozzino Foods facilitates us being able to meet those customer needs,” stated Lawless.

It is estimated that the Stay Fresh Pennsauken, NJ location will create at least 40 new jobs with many of them already being filled. To learn more about related news and Stay Fresh Foods services, please contact Amy Lawless, at 855-477-8655 or visit http://www.stayfreshfoods.com.

For more information about high pressure processing systems and services, visit Avure’s website at http://www.avure-hpp-foods.com.
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About Avure Technologies
Avure enables producers to implement HPP with the fastest, most reliable equipment. From installation and maintenance of equipment systems to recipe and package development, Avure helps producers increase food safety and extend shelf life while providing consumers with nutritious, natural, flavorful food. Avure equipment is used to treat the majority of all HPP-protected food around the world. More information is available at http://www.avure-hpp-foods.com. Follow Avure on Twitter @AvureHPP.

About Stay Fresh Foods, LLC
The exclusive Avure Technologies Inc. Certified Tolling Partner in the Northeast U.S., Stay Fresh Foods, LLC provides custom high pressure processing services on a contract basis to the food industry, utilizing proven technology that substantially improves the safety and extends the shelf-life of packaged foods without chemical additives or preservatives. Based in Meriden, Conn., the company was established by a team of food industry veterans in July 2012 to serve food processors throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. For more information, visit http://www.stayfreshfoods.com.

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