The Vertical High Pressure Processing method is based on the principle of pascalization which is the method of sterilizing food by placing it under the high pressure to limit the enzymatic breakdown of food due to microbial contamination. This process utilized high pressure in order to inactivate certain type of micro-organisms which have a capacity to cause food spoilage and consequently affect the consumer health upon consumption. The high pressure processing method primarily aims to provide biologically safe food by preventing microbial contamination.
Food products are treated in order to prevent contamination by food borne viruses, fungal spores and vegetative micro-organisms. The pressure applied to different eatables varies between 200 MPa to 1,000 MPa, ideally over the span of 20 minutes, depending upon the enzymes that the particular food contains. Processing of food is usually conducted in two different methods, batch processing where certain number of products are processed at single time and semi continuous process where the food product moves from one stage to another.
There are certain external factors which promote the growth of micro-organisms the intrinsic properties of food itself and climatic changes that provide a conducive environment for the micro-organism to grow which results in food contamination, reducing the life span of the eatable.
The vertical high pressure processing market is anticipated to record a CAGR of around 17.6% over the forecast period i.e. 2019-2027. The market is segmented on the basis of product type into continuous processing & semi continuous processing; by production into Meat products, Vegetables products & Beverage; by end user into commercial & industrial. A vast number of multi-national companies are adopting new and improved technologies to raise HPP packaging for different materials. Additionally, government of different countries are initiating policies that support the demand of HPP Packaging. This has resulted in an increasing demand for vertical high pressure processing equipment for efficient processing of food products.
The rapidly growing population has resulted in higher demand of food and related resources. The eatables packaged under specific pressure and temperature are free from the harmful additives which can affect the health of consumer. On account of such factors, it has been found that higher acceptance of HPP packed products as compared to pasteurized foods products due to artificial additives contained in them.
Various schemes are constantly introduced by governments of different regions to promote pressure controlled food packaging methods. This is primarily done in order to restrict the usage of chemical preservatives to control microbial contamination.
The high cost of initial set-up acts as a prime drawback of vertical HPP. Food processing through vertical HPP requires high investment in comparison to conventionally used methods such as heat sterilization. Also, the superior features of horizontal high pressure processing equipment which can offer a higher throughput while handling higher volumes in comparison to vertical HPP is expected to result in limit the adoption rate of vertical HPP.
Our-in depth analysis of the vertical high pressure processing market includes the following segments:
On the basis of regional analysis, the vertical high pressure processing equipment market is segmented into five major regions, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region.
North America is anticipated to dominate the market on the basis of increasing preference for packed food that can saves the time of cooking the food. The changing consumer behavior towards purchasing food products with longer life span is resulting in an increased demand for efficient pressure processing equipment. Europe is expected to follow North America due to rising demand for processed food from countries such as U.K., Germany, France & Italy among others.
Asia Pacific is anticipated grow with the highest demand capturing a CAGR of 13.5% in high pressure processing market during the forecast period due to rise in population in countries such as India & China. The rising disposable income in developing countries is resulting in increasing demand for food products with longer durability. Latin America and Middle East & Africa are estimated to showcase a modest growth in high pressure processing market on the back of rise in awareness about the benefits of vertical high pressure processing over pasteurized foods.
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