Hiperbaric has an extensive network of clients that offer the high pressure processing service to other food companies, generally known as HPP tolling. These providers typically have large-scale Hiperbaric HPP equipment and facilities, and they offer to process food products for a fee. HPP tollers are often used by smaller food producers who do not have their own HPP equipment, or by larger producers who need to use HPP on a limited basis. By working with an HPP toller, food producers can access the benefits of HPP without the need to invest in their own equipment.
Why High Pressure Processing (HPP)?
High pressure processing (HPP) is a method of food preservation that uses high levels of hydrostatic pressure to extend the shelf life of perishable products. This method has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its ability to maintain the quality and safety of food without the use of chemical preservatives or heat treatment.
One of the key advantages of using HPP is that it is a non-thermal process, which means that it does not affect the taste, texture, or nutritional value of the food. This makes it an attractive option for food manufacturers who want to produce high-quality, natural products without sacrificing flavor or nutritional value.
HPP is also effective at killing bacteria and other microorganisms, making it a valuable tool for food safety. It can be used to extend the shelf life of a wide range of products, including fresh juices, raw and cooked meats, salsas, dips and fruit products. Other recently trending applications include pet food, ready-to-eat meals and baby food & fruit purees.
Demand for HPP Toller Providers
As awareness of the benefits of HPP grows, more food producers are looking to use this technology. However, the initial cost of purchasing and maintaining HPP equipment can be prohibitively expensive for many smaller producers. As a result, many of these producers are turning to HPP tollers to access the technology on a pay-per-use basis, which can be more cost-effective for smaller operations.
Another factor contributing to the popularity of HPP tolling is the increased availability of tolling services. As the demand for HPP grows, more companies are entering the market and offering HPP tolling services, making it easier for producers to find a provider in their area. Additionally, advances in HPP technology have made it easier and more efficient for tollers to process a wide range of products, which has helped to drive the growth of the tolling market.
Overall, the increasing demand for HPP and the availability of tolling services have contributed to the growing popularity of HPP tolling as an option for food producers.
Should I buy HPP equipment or use an HPP toller?
Whether to buy HPP equipment or use an HPP toller will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your operation, the amount of food you need to process, and the frequency with which you need to use HPP. In general, buying your own HPP equipment can be more cost-effective if you have a large-scale operation and need to use HPP frequently. This is because the initial cost of purchasing the equipment can be offset by the savings you will achieve by not having to pay for tolling services.
On the other hand, using an HPP toller can be a more economical option if you have a smaller operation or only need to use HPP on a limited basis. This is because the cost of using an HPP toller will typically be lower than the cost of purchasing and maintaining your own equipment. Additionally, using an HPP toller can be a more convenient option, as it allows you to access HPP technology on an as-needed basis without the need to invest in your own equipment.
Ultimately, the decision of whether to buy HPP equipment or use an HPP toller will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. It may be worth considering both options and comparing the costs and benefits of each before making a decision.
What other services do HPP tollers offer?
In addition to providing high pressure processing (HPP) services, many HPP tollers also offer a range of value-added cold chain services. This has led many tollers to become a “one-stop shop”, where all services needed are streamlined through the supply chain.
These services can include cold storage, catch-weight, pre-pricing and labeling, kitting and assembly, code dating, blast freezing, tempering, re-packing, inventory management and distribution. Some HPP tollers may also offer co-manufacturing services to provide a complete solution for their clients.
Overall, the specific services offered by HPP tollers will vary depending on the individual provider, so it is worth asking about the specific services they offer when considering working with a particular toller.
How to get started with an HPP toller?
To start working with an HPP toller, you will need to research and identify potential providers in your area. Through Hiperbaric’s HPP Global Tolling Network, you can see all providers on a global map, along with their contact information
Select Customers Map → Customer Type → Tolling
Once you have identified a potential provider, you can contact them to discuss your specific needs and requirements, and to negotiate a contract for their services.
HPP tollers are located in many different regions around the world and can typically be found in areas with a significant food processing industry. In the United States, for example, there are many HPP tolling providers located in states such as California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, which are home to many food producers and processors.