Ready to Eat

Sterilization of ready-to-eat foods

The worldwide demand for ready-to-eat products has risen dramatically in the last few years. In fully developed societies, with efficient cold chain distribution systems, there is less need for sterilized products. However elsewhere in the world, where the cold chain is less reliable or does not exist at all, sterilized products are in great demand.

Whether the market is for airlines, military requirements, or simply for domestic convenience, sterilization extends the shelf life of ready-to-eat foods, such as soups, pasta dishes and rice products, without the use of preservatives.

However the sterilization of ready-to-eat products poses some challenged both with respect to the product and the containers. It is essential to keep the sterilization time as low as possible to maintain the look, taste, and nutritional value of a food that will be eaten with the minimum of further preparation. It is also essential to keep the temperature of the process as low as possible to minimise any distortion to the trays and pouches used as containers.

Keeping the sterilization time as short as possible, and reducing processing temperatures as far as possible while ensuring that every part of every product has received the necessary heat treatment, is fundamental to the process. Keeping the processing time short not only preserves the look and taste of the product, it also helps you to meet the demands of your high-throughput production schedules. Safe Sterilization Management (SSM) keeps you in control and provides full track and trace capabilities to conform to all international requirements.

Using our experience we have the ability to choose the right technology and to balance the key elements of temperature, time, pressure and dynamics to ensure these objectives are met in full. By minimising the processing time, while ensuring the necessary heat penetration to every part of every product, you can not only produce a first class product but also meet your commercial objectives by improving productivity, reducing the use of power and raw materials, meeting your environmental obligations and keeping one step ahead of the competition. 

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