MATS and MAPS promise to transform the packaged food industry and improve global food sustainability by:
- increasing the efficiency of food processing
- microwave processing has great potential for improving energy and water efficiencies over existing food processing methods through the recycling of process energy and water.
- reducing food waste
- a longer product shelf-life (one year for microwave sterilization and up to 12 weeks for microwave pasteurization) reduce re-stocking costs and food waste.
- expanding the distribution of healthy packaged foods
- MATS gives food companies the ability to convert frozen and refrigerated products to a shelf-stable format. Eliminating the need for cold-chain distribution significantly reduces shipping costs and allows the distribution of food to new and remote areas of the globe.
In addition to producing high-quality consumer packaged foods, MATS-processed foods have a wide range of potential including meals-ready-to-eat (MREs) for armed forces and rations distributed by humanitarian agencies to developing countries plagued by famine and food waste.