Amazon and the shift to direct-to-consumer packaged food

915 Labs CEO Mike Locatis discusses how processors can prepare for consumers purchasing more groceries online.

Debra Schug

915 Labs offers a more minimal way to process and package food through its microwave assisted thermal sterilization, or MATS. The technology reduces food’s exposure to high heat, which helps preserve natural nutrients and flavors in food sans artificial additives, preservatives and high levels of sodium.

The company just announced it is building MATS-30 production capacity systems, capable of processing up to 10 million units annually, including single-serve trays, pouches and food service packaging formats. Many processors are currently using 915 Labs’ small-scale MATS-B systems to develop recipes and for small production runs. However, the new systems will allow larger scale processing and more partnerships with companies looking to tap into new consumer preferences and changing food distribution strategies.

One such partnership is with Amazon—the online retailer that just recently agreed to buy Whole Foods. 915 Labs is working to create two dishes, a mac & cheese and vegetable and sausage frittatas, that will be marketed through the Amazon Exclusive platform.

FE talked with Mike Locatis, CEO of 915 Labs, about the company’s technology, the future of direct-to-consumer packaged food sales and Amazon’s venture into food distribution.

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Amazon has been signaling its interest to enter the food industry. Recently, 915 Labs, which manufacturers microwave assisted thermal sterilization equipment, announced it created signature dishes, including macaroni and cheese and an egg frittata, to launch in partnership with Amazon and a food company on the Amazon Exclusive platform.