What is High-Pressure Processing?
High-Pressure Processing is a nonthermal, cold processing technique in which the food in its final flexible packaging is subjected to high levels of hydrostatic pressure, extending the shelf life, inactivating its microorganisms, and guaranteeing the food safety of the product. In high-pressure processing equipment, the food which is already sealed inflexible and water-resistant packaging is subjected to a high level of hydrostatic pressure for few seconds to few minutes. The high-pressure processing equipment helps to maintain the characteristics like nutrients and flavors of the fresh food.
Different Orientation Type, Vessel Volume and Application.
There are various types of high-pressure processing equipment available in the market. Some of the significant orientation types of high-pressure processing equipment include Horizontal HPP Equipment and Vertical HPP Equipment. The horizontal segment is the fastest-growing orientation type segment in the market owing to the rise in demand for such equipment to process packaged food products. The horizontal equipment components are distributed along the orientation and are less heavy. Horizontal HPP equipment has advantages such as easy installation, reassembling, disassembling, and more throughput capacity. The high-pressure processing equipment market is also differentiated according to the vessel volume, which includes less than 100 L, 100-250 L, 250-500 L, and more than 500 L.
The fastest-growing segment is expected to be the less than 100L category of equipment, as it requires lesser manpower to operate. Depending upon the application of high pressure processing equipment, the market is dominated by fruits & vegetable segment, followed by meat and juice & beverages, respectively. Juice & beverages are expected to have the highest growth rate due to the adoption of the technology such as grinder and juicer machines for the processing of packaged beverages by major multi-national companies. Owing to the increased use of meat processing equipment, the meat segment is also seeing an upsurge in the market.
North America is the largest market for High Pressure Processing Equipment
North America leads the high-pressure processing equipment market growth. The region’s dominance has been supported by rising adoption of novel food processing technologies and high-level exports of HPP products to another region. Presence of major food & beverage industry players in the region, which offer opportunities to the high pressure processing equipment manufacturers with wide consumer base is another contributing factor towards regional growth. Europe is the second highest region followed by Asia pacific due to biotechnology, which is used comprehensively in food innovation technology and installation of HPP equipment in various parts of the continent. However, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing high-pressure processing equipment market owing to the growing demand for safe and healthier dairy products and increasing consumer disposable income. Decreasing the cost of production of packaged foods and beverages with the introduction of new technologies will also fuel the market.
Growing recognition among food company owners of the advantages of using high-pressure processing devices over traditional pasteurization techniques is likely to drive the global market for high pressure processing equipment. The growing demand for packaged food acts as a key driver for the global market for high-pressure equipment. The food industry is focusing on retaining of sensory characteristics of foodstuff after processing it in the high-pressure processing equipment. The development of high pressure processing equipment depends on the trust of customers in the safety of high-pressure processed food products. High pressure processing equipment is quite costly and can act as a restriction on market growth.
Key Companies Outlook
The manufacturers of high-pressure processing equipment in order to address the increasing competition in the market are adopting various strategies. Launching of innovative products and partnerships with food and beverages industries is a common trend witnessed in the market. According to an estimate by Hiperbaric, a provider of HPP equipment, global HPP food production reached 3.4 billion lbs. In 2017.
Some of the leading players operating in the market include Avure Technologies Inc., Bao Tou KeFa High Pressure Technology, Co., Ltd. CHIC FresherTech , Hiperbaric Espana , Kobe Steel Ltd. , Multivac Sepp Haggenmuller SE & Co. KG , Stansted Fluid Power Ltd , Universal Pasteurization Co. , Next HPP (U.S.), and others.