Stay Fresh Foods, Pennsauken, N.J.,opened a third high-pressure processing (HPP) facility in Richmond, Va., featuring Avure high-capacity HPP machines.

“Our newest center will be equipped with the industry’s most advanced HPP system, the Avure AV-60, which delivers the highest HPP output available,” says Amy Lawless, managing director at Stay Fresh Foods. “And, like our other facilities, the Richmond area location will provide full service for our customers, including packaging, labeling, cold storage and distribution. With more locations, we’ll cut down on our customers’ transportation costs and time, adding to their bottom line.”

“We’re excited to add this third facility to keep pace with demand as our customers continue to grow thanks to the popularity of foods with fewer preservatives and cleaner labels,” adds Lawless. “We’re happy to help our customers provide the marketplace with nutritious foods that meet the clean label, food safety and refrigerated shelf life requirements of today’s retailers and foodservice chains.”

“It’s been extremely gratifying to see Stay Fresh continue to grow and include Avure HPP machines as part of their strategy,” says Jeff Williams, chief executive officer of Avure Technologies, Erlanger, Ky. “And, the AV-60 with its newly-designed intensifiers, easier-to-maintain parts and large-diameter vessel built to accommodate larger, bulky or odd-shaped packages will be a great addition to Stay Fresh’s new tolling center.”

It is estimated that the Richmond location will create at least 40 new jobs.