A giant step forward to bulk high-pressure pasteurization technology

As HPP moves more mainstream comes news from a key vendor, JBT-Avure, of a “revolutionary” advancement in the tech that will make it cheaper and more accessible.

Called FlexiBulk, the company extols its abilitiy to HPP both individually packaged and bulk products simultaneously. It also allows for filling HPP’d product in multiple container options (including cans and reusable bags, bottles and cartons), and it is the fastest and most efficient bulk HPP machine in the world with fill speeds up to 208-litres a minute. 

Dr Ryan Pereira, JBT-Avure, president states, “The FlexiBulk is a game-changer for the food processing industry, hands down.”

Here is why: with the FlexiBulk, filling and unfilling is done outside the HPP press, which means that the FlexiBulk can fill bags, in baskets, while other bags are being pressed and unfilled. These steps can all be done simultaneously, resulting in higher throughputs. With a traditional HPP machine, all these steps need to be done in series, which means the bladder cannot be filled or unfilled while the product is being pressurized.

Lisa Wessels, JBT-Avure, marketing director adds, “During the pandemic, we’ve seen increased interest in HPP from both consumers and food companies. Now, consumers have an increased emphasis on health and are demanding, more than ever, clean-label, natural, healthy, fresh foods and beverages.

“For food and beverage manufacturers, simply put, HPP extends the shelf lives of natural products. An extended shelf life not only helps with the fast-growing direct-to-consumer market and stressed supply chain capacity, but also allows foodbev companies to grow market share due to longer shelf-life.”

Pereira concludes, “Our new patent-pending FlexiBulk achieves three strong wins: capacity, sustainability and flexibility. Our increased capacity is due to improved packing density, 90% for liquid bulk fills, resulting in better throughput.

“We are making HPP more sustainable with the FlexiBulk’s capacity for multiple eco-friendly container options, such as cans and glass, not normally available to HPP. This reduces plastic waste in the environment, and the HPP reusable bags can be recycled.

“The FlexiBulk delivers the maximum in HPP flexibility — the ability to run bulk and in-package products in the same cycle. This has never been done before. Ultimately, the FlexiBulk’s capacity, sustainability and flexibility add up a big win for foodbev companies, processors, HPP tollers, and consumers.”

Last year, another leading player in the HPP game, Hiperbaric, announced a new machine concept for processing liquid in bulk, greatly opening scope for the technology – read more here.

Source: JBT-Avure