About OUR TECHNOLOGY
915 Labs holds the perpetual, worldwide exclusive license to the MATS technology. The company’s current patent portfolio includes 60+ patents. The company has installed MATS systems at locations around the world and the first MATS-made foods hit retail shelves in June of 2017.
The microwave assisted thermal technologies were originally developed by food engineering scientists at Washington State University, in conjunction with a consortium of private food packaging and equipment companies and the U.S. Department of Defense. The MATS technology is the first in-package microwave sterilization technique accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What kind of foods can be preserved with MATS?
Any food or beverage that will benefit from a lower cooking temperature and processing time is ideal for MATS processing. Heat-sensitive foods, such as eggs and other dairy ingredients, seafood and pastas, have all been successfully processed with MATS--from light pasteurization (up to 14 weeks shelf life) through sterilization with a one-year shelf life. Culinary experts working with MATS systems are developing recipes featuring a wide variety of foods, many of which are naturally rich in nutrients and high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, including:
- pasta and sauces
- rice and grains
- meats and seafood
- complex meals
- baby food
- hummus and dips
MATS creates a new world of packaged foods currently not available. Packaged food products possible through MATS include spears of asparagus, corn on the cob and beets (in water), spicy Indian dishes and salmon filets, each with an additive-free label.
Below are just a few of the dishes created in our MATS food innovation kitchens. If you’re interested in visiting a MATS Center of Excellence to develop new foods with MATS, contact Roberta Brewster, VP of Business Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.