Dean Foods Company announced last week that it received aseptic approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for beverages produced on the company’s Stork filler line in Mt. Crawford, Va.

This filling process and technology extends the shelf life of dairy beverages to six months. And it allows the products to be shipped at ambient temperatures. Refrigeration isn’t necessary.

The company explains that this 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.

The technology will be used for products made by the Morningstar Foods division of Dean Foods. These include single-serve Hershey’s flavored milk and shake products, as well as its Folger’s Jakada coffee beverages. The company also plans to install the technology in a California facility later this year.

“We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities,” says Gregg Engles, chairman and chief executive officer of Dean Foods. “Gaining FDA approval will enable us to further expand our distribution beyond traditional refrigerated channels for these products.”

Source: Iowa Farm Bureau, Dean Foods