LOUISVILLE, Colo. and FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The first high pressure processing (HPP) system to be manufactured in the United States, a model QFP-350L 600, is up and running at Hope Fresh, the Avure Technologies Inc. Certified Tolling Partner in Louisville, Colo.
The 350L machine was the first unit to be completed at Avure’s new manufacturing facility in Middletown, Ohio, in late September. It joins an Avure 100L system installed at the 58,000-square-foot Hope Fresh tolling operation in mid-May.
“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.”
Along with boosting capacity—a need that emerged shortly after Hope Fresh opened its doors—the Avure 350L HPP system provides “the assurance of redundancy that makes food processors more comfortable,” Rech adds.
According to Matt Rutherford, Avure Senior Vice President of Business Development and Global Sales, the company’s decision to establish a North American manufacturing operation was made last year as “a key step in building the global infrastructure to support the rapidly expanding HPP market.” The Middletown, Ohio, site was selected for its robust industrial infrastructure and access to materials expertise. Begun in August, Avure’s U.S. production of HPP food processing systems includes the revolutionary high-volume 525L-600, which offers HPP processing at the lowest price per pound in the industry. Also operating out of the Middletown facility are the Avure HPP Services Team, as well as the Spare Parts Distribution Center for the Americas.
ABOUT HOPE FOODS
Hope Foods is based in Louisville, Colorado, near Boulder, where its toll processing business serves food and juice suppliers throughout the Rocky Mountain States. Committed to unique, healthful, and creatively flavored products, Hope Foods is also the parent company of Hope Hummus, Hope Spreads, and Hope Dips. Hope Foods produces organic, gluten-free, and vegan products using only the purest ingredients sourced from organic food suppliers who are dedicated to freshness and maintaining the highest standards of quality. For more information, visit www.hopefresh.com.
ABOUT AVURE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
An innovator with a strong record of accomplishment, Avure Technologies demonstrates its expertise in high pressure by occupying leadership positions in industrial and food applications. Avure is the largest provider of ultra-high pressure systems to enhance material properties, form sheet metal, and pasteurize foods without heat or chemicals. The company offers total solutions to keep food pathogen-free and stay fresh longer–from recipe development to installation of the fastest, most reliable high pressure presses in the world, backed by world-class global support and service. Its equipment—including the new, high-volume QFP 525L and the small footprint 100L—now processes the vast majority of all HPP-treated consumer food products globally.
Avure’s HPP Division, including the company’s world renowned HPP Applications Food Lab, is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, USA, with manufacturing, engineering, procurement, and customer services operations in Middletown, Ohio; manufacturing and services in Västerås, Sweden; and a global network of tolling and service providers.
For more information, visit www.avure.com.
High Pressure Processing (HPP) is the commercially established, non-thermal lethality treatment that uses ultra-high water pressure, up to 87,000 psi, to disable pathogens and bacteria such as Listeria, E.coli, and Salmonella in packaged refrigerated products as diverse as RTE meats and raw ground beef and poultry; fresh fruits, juices, and smoothies; soups, wet salads, and sauces; and seafood and shellfish. HPP delivers benefits to all levels of the market, boosting food safety, extending shelf-life, and improving margins, while providing consumers with fresh, wholesome, natural food.