Pressure BioSciences (PBI) is set to collaborate with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at Ohio State University to develop a new processing method for quality, shelf-stable milk and other dairy products.

The project is focused on the development and commercialisation of new manufacturing technologies that will help in the preparation of liquid foods and beverages, while preserving their sensory and nutritional qualities.

Additionally, the project aims to deliver long, room-temperature shelf-stable liquid foods and beverages that will not require refrigeration or chemical additives throughout the chain of distribution and eventual retail sale.

"We believe UST can be used by food manufacturers for the processing of healthier and improved beverages, sauces, condiments and other foods."

PBI believes that this consumer demand can be met through the scaling up of its Ultra Shear Technology (UST).

CFAES food engineering professor Dr Balasubramaniam said: “We believe UST can be used by food manufacturers for the processing of healthier and improved beverages, sauces, condiments and other foods.”

According to PBI, UST combines high-pressure and high-shear forces, and will enable liquid food and beverage companies to produce healthier and better tasting products by minimising thermal damage.

PBI president and CEO Richard Schumacher said: “The ultimate goal of this collaborative project is for consumers to benefit from the increased availability of wholesome, healthy, better-tasting, shelf-stable, clean-label liquid food and beverage options.

“Imagine liquid foods like milk shipped and stored at room temperature for extended periods of time post-processing, while retaining superior nutritional and taste qualities.

“The advantages and cost-savings to the consumer and dairy industry could be game-changing.”

Ohio State’s CFAES scientists have secured an $891,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in support of the project.

Ohio State has also awarded a $318,000 sub-contract to PBI for the construction of a working instrument and a pilot plant floor-model UST machine.

PBI has already commenced work on the development.