Allpax Signs Deal to License Shaka(TM) Process



    COVINGTON, LA., April 19 /CNW/ - Allpax Products, Inc., a division of Pro
Mach, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Zinetec Ltd. of
Oxfordshire, England, to become the sole U.S. licensee of the Shaka(TM) batch
retort process, which significantly reduces sterilization times, improving the
taste, color, texture and mouth feel of shelf-stable products. The first
Allpax product available with Shaka(TM) technology is the Allpax 2402SK R&D
Retort for packaging applications involving food, produce, beverage,
pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and pet food products. This laboratory-sized
research unit can run the full array of retort processes used in the industry
today in addition to the new Shaka(TM) process. The 2402SK is engineered with
a patent-pending spring design which not only dampens operational vibrations
but also enables a more vigorous shaking and mixing of the product than
competing designs.

    "We have run a number of products in our lab using the Shaka(TM) process
and for many of them we have seen significant reductions in thermal process
times," said, Kevin Collins, Allpax director of thermal process services. "The
excitement comes when you compare a Shaka-processed product to one that has
undergone a typical static retort process - the difference is remarkable.
Taste, mouth feel, and appearance are all qualities that immediately stand
out, but a closer examination reveals other key benefits such as nutrient
retention."

    Shaka(TM) Technology

    Shaka(TM) technology is a method of batch retorting in which packaged
foods, pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals are rapidly agitated during the
retort process. The result is a better-tasting product with more appealing
color, texture and mouth feel than products processed under other modes of
in-container sterilization. With Shaka(TM), the quality of a retorted product
can closely mimic that of one which has been aseptically processed. When using
Shaka(TM) technology, a retort is filled with containers which the retort then
shakes vigorously in a back-and-forth motion, mixing the container contents
thoroughly, allowing for rapid and even heat transfer throughout.

    About Allpax

    Allpax manufactures a complete line of fully-automated sterilization and
material handling equipment for companies that process prepared foods,
produce, beverages, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and pet foods. Allpax is
the sole U.S. licensee of the Shaka(TM) retort process. Allpax is
headquartered in Covington, LA, and is a division of Pro Mach, Inc., a
Loveland, OH-based provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for
food, beverage, household goods and pharmaceutical companies. For more
information about Allpax visit their website at www.allpax.com or contact
Tyler Hudson at 985-893-2277 or tylerh@allpax.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Pro Mach, Inc. Brent Meyer, 513-831-8778, x437
bmeyer@ProMachInc.com

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