Canadian Packaging

New HPP Test Center Opens

Multivac opens a new high-pressure processing testing facility at its global headquarters in Germany.


November 16, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Multivac has announced the opening of a new HPP (high-pressure processing) testing facility for perishable food products at its world headquarters in Wolfertschwenden, Germany.

HPP is used to reduce harmful bacteria in food. This enables the shelf life and safety of food products to be improved, without it being necessary to introduce heat or preservatives. In this way HPP technology meets the requirements of the food industry for extended shelf life as well as the wishes of consumers for natural food without additives.

The main areas of application for HPP are ready meals, meat and sausage products, as well as fruit and vegetables. High pressure treatment is also however applied to seafood and fish, as well as juices and other drinks.

Since announcing the availability of HPP fully integrated with its automated packaging technology earlier this year, Multivac has seen a huge demand from food processors worldwide. The new testing center will enable Multivac’s customers to conduct comprehensive evaluations of the technology on a variety of product and package types.

“Our customers can bring their food products to the testing center either packed or unpacked, since we obviously also pack the products here on site. In this way our customers can test various packaging concepts in conjunction with high pressure treatment,” says Dr. Tobias Richter, head of the HPP program at Multivac.

The HPP testing facility is complemented by a wide range of services which Multivac provides in its Application Center in Wolfertschwenden. Among these are an established expertise in the area of packaging materials, packaging development and food technology. Multivac also supports its customers in conducting shelf life tests and advises them on designing their packaging concepts to suit high pressure treatment.

Multivac also provides its customers with the necessary facilities to evaluate the test results immediately on site, or to further develop the appropriate packaging concepts. Multivac is the only packaging manufacturer in the world offering its customers HPP test facilities and this comprehensive service.

Processors in the United States may schedule their HPP testing through Multivac, Inc. at 800-800-8552.

Processors in Canada can schedule HPP testing through Multivac Canada, Inc. at 905-264-1170.

About Multivac Inc.

Multivac, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of thermoform fill-seal rollstock packaging solutions, vacuum chamber systems, traysealers, shrink tanks, and both cross-web and inline labelers for food, medical and consumer product applications. From its US headquarters, located in Kansas City, MO, the company provides strategic consultation, technical design, sales, distribution, and service of Multivac’s complete line of packaging systems. Multivac maintains a comprehensive, on-site parts inventory, and offers 24/7 technical assistance and certified training for its entire line of equipment. To date, the company has designed and implemented over 100,000 packaging solutions. For more information, visit www.multivac.com.