• High Acid Aseptic Processing yields a 5-log reduction of bacteria
    • Conducted at HTST temperature ranges of 80°-110° C (176°-230°F)
    • Hold times are typically 10-20 seconds long
    • To qualify as “High Acid”, products must have a pH below 4.6
  • If processed and filled aseptically, products are guaranteed sterile and typically have an unrefrigerated shelf life of 6 to 12 months or more
  • Benefits of High Acid Aseptic Processing
    • Clean label-NO PRESERVATIVES
    • Long shelf-life
    • Shelf Stable (does not require refrigeration)
    • Can preserve freshness, flavor, nutrients
    • Commonly available at co-packers
    • Can be used for wide range of products
  • Disadvantages of High Acid Aseptic Processing
    • May cause reduction of product quality (product dependent)
    • Processing and packaging cost may be higher

Common High Acid Aseptic products

  • Orange or other fruit Juices
  • Fruit Punches
  • Smoothies
  • Soups and savory sauces
  • Drinks like lemonade or lime-ade
  • Concentrates
High Acid Aseptic Processing of Dairy Products

Benefits of High Acid Processing

High Acid Aseptic Processing (HAAP) is a technology used to sterilize and package high-acid foods such as fruit juices, sauces, and soups. The process involves heating the food to a high temperature and then filling it into sterile containers in a sterile environment. Here are some benefits of HAAP:

  1. Extended Shelf Life: HAAP extends the shelf life of high-acid foods without the need for refrigeration or preservatives, thus reducing food waste and increasing the availability of these products.

  2. Nutritional Value: HAAP preserves the nutritional value of foods, retaining vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy option.

  3. Cost-Effective: HAAP reduces the need for refrigerated storage and transportation, making it a cost-effective alternative to traditional food preservation methods.

  4. Food Safety: HAAP eliminates harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms, ensuring that the food is safe for consumption.

  5. Quality: HAAP ensures the quality and taste of food remains intact, providing consumers with a consistent and high-quality product.

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