the revolutionary mats/maps TECHNOLOGY

915 Labs holds the perpetual, worldwide exclusive license to the MATS™ and MAPS™ technology. Since 2014, the company has continued to expand the intellectual property surrounding the technologies, growing its portfolio to more than 100 patents. As a result of robust commercialization efforts, the company has installed MATS systems around the world and companies are working at the MATS Center of Excellence to develop new MATS-Made products. The first MATS-made foods hit retail shelves in India 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.

Watch a 90-second explainer video on the revolutionary technology below!


One of the many benefits of the revolutionary MATS technology is nutrition retention.

Packaged foods are rapidly heated in the patented microwave processing, reaching sterilization and pasteurization temperatures in a matter of minutes before rapidly cooling. As a result, the natural flavors, texture and nutrients remain intact.

Studies show that compared to conventional thermal sterilization, or retort, the shortened exposure to high heat during microwave processing allows more nutrients, such as Omega 3s, B vitamins, vitamin C and folate, to be retained.


Vitamin B1 Retention


By shortening the time food is exposed to high heat, MATS and MAPS processing preserves more of the natural nutrients in food including the important vitamin B1.



What kind of foods can be preserved with MATS and MAPS?

Any food or beverage that will benefit from a lower cooking temperature and processing time is ideal for microwave processing. Heat-sensitive foods, such as eggs and other dairy ingredients, seafood and pastas, have all been successfully processed with MATS and MAPS--from light pasteurization (up to 90 days 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
  • soups
  • rice and grains
  • meats
  • seafood
  • vegetables
  • complex meals
  • beverages
  • smoothies
  • baby food
  • hummus and dips

MATS creates a new world of near-fresh foods in a convenient package—at a quality level that is not currently available. New packaged food possibilities 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 with microwave processing. If you’re interested in visiting a MATS Center of Excellence to develop new foods with MATS, contact