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High Hopes For High-Pressure Food Processing

The machine can process some 10 million pounds of food annually.

A Maryland packaging company is home to a rare machine that could revolutionize how food is processed.

Elkridge-based Maryland Packaging houses one of the only 114 machines in the world that enables a technique called high-pressure processing. The process allows food companies to preserve their products without using heat -- which diminishes the food's quality – and without adding chemicals.

"You're now able to create true, clean label foods," Marwan Moheyeldien of Maryland Packaging told WBAL-TV. "You can take any product and not use any chemicals whatsoever."

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The machine can process some 10 million pounds of food annually, although proponents hope that larger machines could one day process six times that amount.

The technology could be a boon for the processed food industry, which struggled in recent years as consumers increasingly turned toward fresh and organic products.

One brand already reaping the benefits of high-pressure processing is Sunniva Caffe, a coffee drink that will be available in Whole Foods groceries.