Reduction in environmental impact is important to all of us, and to our children. It’s also an important concern of our many customers for food products. The reduction in food waste and energy consumption offered by the Shaka® process can be a significant help in reducing the environmental impact of prepared foods, during processing, distribution, storage and in the home:
Reduce waste and energy consumption
- Unlike comparable chill chain products – no loss of date-expired products
- Unlike equivalent frozen product – no refrigeration required in store
- Unlike comparable chill chain products – no refrigeration required in store
- Unlike equivalent frozen product – no refrigeration required in distribution
- Unlike comparable chill chain products – no refrigeration required in distribution
- Unlike equivalent frozen product – no refrigeration required by consumer
- Unlike comparable chill chain products – no refrigeration required by consumer
- Reduced consumer losses from overdue ‘best by’ dates
- Potential reductions in food preparation energy needs
- Nutrient content ‘locked in’ compared with short life fresh products
The process itself is very fast indeed and work carried out by Zinetec Ltd found energy savings of up to 50% compared with conventional batch retort processes. Know-How is available from Zinetec Ltd for Shaka® process users.
The quality of Shaka® process foods can be compared with the quality of chilled and even frozen foods. But Shaka® process foods are stable at ambient temperatures – a marked advantage over otherwise comparable chilled and frozen products.
Chilled and frozen foods require expensive energy and environmentally controversial technology to keep them cool in distribution. There is increasing concern that gasses used in refrigeration can escape and contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer and greenhouse gasses.
And chilled foods are not only expensive to prepare and distribute, they are also very wasteful. A Government-supported study found that a third of all foods bought in the UK is wasted – most of it by spoiling or expiry of shelf life. Foods preserved for ambient storage do not spoil!