The non-thermal pasteurization market is estimated to account for about USD 1.3 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach a value of about USD 3.9 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 19.8%.
The growth of the convenience food sector, which includes products such as frozen foods and ready-to-eat foods, has increased the demand for non-thermal pasteurization, as these technologies reduce the processing time and increase the production capacity to meet the growing market demand.
The food industry widely uses non-thermal pasteurization for the preservation of meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetable products as well as other packaged food products. HPP technology is widely used in the food sector for the preservation and enhancement of shelf life. Technologies such as HPP equipment are used to process a wide range of fruits and vegetables that include oranges, mandarins, and broccoli. In 2009, HPP equipment was adopted in China and South Korea to process fruit and vegetable products.
Although avocado was the first to be processed using HPP technology, guacamole, jams, and jellies are widely processed under high pressure for fresh taste and quality products in the US. Food companies are benefiting through the increasing applications of HPP technology, as it helps enhance product offerings and introduce market opportunities for fresh products. The high-pressure processing equipment and PEF mainly find application in the packaged foods and beverage industry for increasing the shelf life of products.
The key players in this market include JBT (US), Bosch (Germany), Hiperbaric (Spain), ThyssenKrupp AG (Germany), Kobe Steel, Ltd (Japan), Multivac (Germany), Stansted Fluid Power Ltd (UK), CHIC FresherTech (US), Nordion (Canada), Dukane (US), Elea Technology (Germany), Pulsemaster (Netherlands).