Pretium Packaging’s recently launched SureHandleTM polyethylene terephthalate container with integrated handles has passed high-pressure processing tests that validate its use for food and beverage applications, the Chesterfield, Mo.-based company says. The testing was facilitated by the Packaging School at the Rochester Institute of Technology.SureHandle

The container was also subjected to compression, drop, and tensile testing.

The high-pressure processing does not require heat for pasteurization, allowing the SureHandle cup to be used for products pasteurized through the relatively new cold processing pasteurization.

High-pressure processing is a cold pasteurization technique that introduces filled and sealed packages into a vessel and subjects them to high water pressure. This pressure at ambient temperatures deactivates bacteria, viruses, molds, yeasts, and other impurities, rendering the food product safe and extending its shelf life.

“With independent testing now validating the suitability of our SureHandle container for HPP processing, we look forward to expanding commercialization discussions,” says Barry Sak, Pretium’s marketing manager for the food and specialty market. “Although there are many products suitable for HPP processing, we feel that SureHandle is a particularly good alternative for fresh juices whose brand owners don’t want to go to a more capital-intensive heatset bottle.”

The SureHandle bottle is currently available in a 64-ounce size with a 38-400 mm finish, the company says.

Pretium makes plastic containers and closures, manufacturing about 2 billion PET and HDPE containers each year from 16 locations in the United States and Canada.