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DALLAS - Dean Foods Company has announced that its Morningstar Foods division received aseptic approval from the Federal Drug Administration for beverages produced on the company's Stork filler line in Mt. Crawford, Va. The Stork bottle filling technology extends the shelf life of dairy-based beverages processed on this line to 180 days and allows these products to be stored and shipped at ambient temperatures.
Morningstar will begin leveraging the Stork technology by processing its single-serve Hershey's flavored milk and shake products and its Folgers Jakada coffee beverages on this Stork line. The company also anticipates installing another similar line in its City of Industry, Calif. facility later this year.
"We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities this technology for our milk and soy-based products," said Gregg Engles, chairman and CEO of Dean Foods. "Gaining FDA approval will enable us to further expand our distribution beyond traditional refrigerated channels for these products."
The Stork aseptic technology includes pasteurization, homogenization, bottle blow molding and filling procedures conducted in a completely sterile environment that earns the aseptic designation without the need for additives or preservatives. Dean Foods claims it is the first company to use the Stork plastic bottle technology commercially for dairy-based beverages in the United States.