American Pasteurization Company (APC) is the first company in the United States to offer High Pressure Processing (HPP) on a commercial tolling basis to the food manufacturing industry. HPP kills bacteria that can cause spoilage and food-borne illness, and greatly extends shelf life. Applying HPP to foods and beverages - rather than heat pasteurization - results in products with a fresher taste and better appearance, texture and nutrition. HPP pasteurizes foods and beverages by uniformly applying extreme hydrostatic pressure around and throughout a food product, deactivating the cellular activities of foodborne pathogens and other spoilage organisms.
APC offers HPP service on a "pay as you go" basis, alongside product testing and development, post-HPP packaging, packing and assembly, with over 10,000 square feet of newly added space to accommodate these services. APC can also help arrange cold storage, distribution and transportation services for food and beverage manufacturers at both our Milwaukee and Sacramento locations. HPP is a natural pasteurization method, using only cold water at very high pressure to destroy bacteria and pathogens that can make people sick and cause food to spoil. This environmentally friendly, relatively mild and effective process results in fresher, safer and "clean label" products which often require no chemical preservatives.
APC’s core competency is guiding companies through the HPP process from beginning to end. We do not manufacture any food or beverage product ourselves or sell HPP equipment – keeping our sole focus on serving customers that utilize HPP to enhance their products. From the idea phase, through product development and testing, to commercialization, APC’s 12 years of experience allow for a made to order and adaptable approach to every product’s unique HPP needs. APC works with every kind of manufacturer, from food industry veterans to entrepreneurs, to create a customized framework for food safety and brand equity protection unique to every product.
In 2012, APC partnered with the National Food Lab (NFL), a food and beverage consulting and testing firm based in Livermore, Calif., to better support customers with a full suite of HPP services. APC purchased a 2-liter HPP test unit, installed at the NFL, giving customers access to the most accurate and comprehensive HPP testing available. This collaboration provides companies of any size with a complete HPP solution – from testing and validation through product design solutions and HPP implementation.
APC is SQF (Safe Quality Food) certified at our Milwaukee location and working toward certification at our Sacramento facility by summer of 2016.
APC works with manufacturers at every level to insure the quality, safety, and value of their food and beverage products. This is both our singular focus and our commitment to our valued customers.