High Pressure Processing uses cold temperatures and high pressure to improve food safety.
As demand for fresh food grows, more retailers are stocking their shelves with foods and beverages that have been high pressure processed (HPP) to help ensure food safety, food quality, and eliminate food waste, according to a new survey.
A whopping 85% of retailers say their companies are affected by the fresh food demand, and 78% go so far as to say they’re favoring companies that produce fresh product options, the survey found. Demand is so high that more than 60% of retailers say they’re stocking more refrigerated and fresh products, while 48% say they’re expanding their refrigerated section.
That’s good news for HPP, as a growing number of producers and retailers are more familiar with HPP than ever before ― from 60% in 2016’s survey to 77% (producers) and 74% (retailers) last year ― and see its benefit for eliminating pathogens, allowing cleaner food labels, enhancing taste and extending shelf life, according to the survey, commissioned by [Universal Pure, the largest provider of HPP services globally.
“The survey results demonstrate that HPP is a preferred technology for food safety, food quality and shelf life,” said Mark Duffy, CEO of Universal Pure. “Consumers want better-for-you foods that are fresh, tasty, preservative-free and safe, and HPP can help deliver these results.”
High Pressure Processing uses cold temperatures and high pressure to improve food safety. It also helps ensure the quality, taste and texture of food products and extend their shelf life.
HPP has come into its own, according to the study. Notably, 78% of retailers have a favorable view of HPP, and 85% said the method of processing used by a food producer positively affects their decision to purchase a food and beverage product.
The survey measured and compared perceived advantages in food quality, food safety, and food waste with other types of pasteurization, including heat pasteurization, pulsed electric field radiation, ultraviolet radiation, and other processes. High pressure processing was favored by producers and retailers among other food processing methods on measures concerning food quality, food safety and food waste.
Other Survey Findings
HPP Favorability Grows
81% of producers reported their companies are using HPP at some level compared to 60% last year.
HPP was favored by producers and retailers among other food processing methods on measures concerning food quality (67%), food safety (59%) and food waste (56%).
Shelf-Life Interest Expands
The biggest reason producers say they use HPP is for shelf-life extension (73%). That along with food safety benefits (63%), nutrient preservation (58%) and cleaner label enablement (54%) dwarf all other reasons. The 2016 survey found that food safety was the biggest reason.
96% of retailers say they are more likely to purchase a product with a longer shelf life, while 94% of food producers say they could expand distribution range if their products had a longer shelf life.
Reducing Food Waste Is Important
74% of retailers and 92% of producers say the issue of food waste is important to their companies.