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SureHandle container from Pretium Packaging (Chesterfield, MO) is validated for use with high-pressure processing (HPP) food and beverage applications.

PlasticsToday Staff

January 16, 2018

2 Min Read
PET bottle with integrated handle approved for HPP

Pretium Packaging (Chesterfield, MO), which recently launched the SureHandle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container with an integrated handle (see Pretium commercializes PET container with integrated handle, published August 2017), has received validation that it can be used for high-pressure processing (HPP) food and beverage applications. 

Because HPP does not rely on heat for pasteurization, this validation opens the door for products that are using this relatively new cold processing pasteurization to go to market in an equally new, disruptive container which will protect the products' nutritional and flavor profile. An additional benefit is that HPP enables the use of less expensive, linerless plug-seal style closures.

HPP testing was facilitated by The Packaging School at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The SureHandle bottle was also subjected to compression, drop and tensile testing to ensure it would meet the rigorous distribution demands.

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“With independent testing now validating the suitability of our SureHandle container for HPP processing, we look forward to expanding commercialization discussions. Although there are many products suitable for HPP processing, we feel that SureHandle is a particularly good alternative for fresh juices whose brand owners don’t want to go to a more capital-intensive heat-set bottle,” said Barry Sak, marketing manager for the food and specialty market, Pretium.

The stock SureHandle bottle is available in a 64-ounce, 38-400 mm finish that gives brand owners significant shelf differentiation along with handling convenience and aesthetics that were not previously possible. The container is easier to handle for both younger children and older adults, and those with physical challenges, compared to pinch grip or straight-sided alternatives. The handle not only provides carrying advantages, but also improved pouring control.

HPP is a cold pasteurization technique that subjects filled and sealed packages to a high pressure environment at ambient temperature that deactivates bacteria, virus, mold, yeast, etc., making the food product safe and extending product shelf life. Because heat is not involved, the organoleptic and nutritional attributes of the product are retained.

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