(Cincinnati, OH) June 22, 2015 – a leading full-service contract manufacturing partner for CPG and private label brands and key supplier of group feeding rations to the U.S. military — has announced its microwave-assisted thermal sterilization (MATS) Research and Development Center is now a fully-functional, semi-continuous test facility. Wornick Foods, a proven convenience food innovator since 1979, is welcoming collaboration with food brands and processors who want to explore the benefits of MATS technology relative to their current manufacturing processes and new product development efforts.
Higher quality convenience food products, achievable due to reduced thermal processing, is the specific value of microwave-assisted thermal sterilization (MATS). It answers a challenge the food industry knows well — that cooking, one of the necessary steps in food preparation can diminish food in important ways. While heating serves to sterilize as well as allow formulations and packaging that add to food convenience and enjoyment, preserving natural food color, texture and taste are high quality hurdles. In the search for better food product offerings, temperature and thermal processing time are key variables with critical impact relative to food appearance, flavor and nutritional value. Microwave pre-heating as an integral phase of the retorting process accelerates in-package sterilization, helps preserve natural food properties and enables new opportunity for product innovation.
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