As a precursor to articles forthcoming some basic statements should be made:
- Both are effective technologies in most applications.
- Tunnel pasteurization pasteurizes both the product and the package. Flash pasteurizes only the product.
- The technology which is the right decision for your operation is more complicated than "one machine vs. another". To find the right decisions a number of factors must be weighed, including your confidence in operational disciplines of your organization.
- For most products, if they are "shelf stable" whatever happens to them in the journey from your plant to the consumer will affect them more from a flavor perspective than either technology.
Consider these basic points as we look forward to further analysis in Tunnel Vs. Flash next week.