Ampac has been a producer of MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) retort pouches for the US military for many years. Because of the quality and functionality of these pouches, Ampac is now supplying them to NASA for use on the International Space Station.
The Ampac retort pouches are used in NASA’s thermostabilized pouch processing program. NASA produces over 50 different thermostabilized entrees, side dishes and desserts for use in the International Space Station food system. Due to the high quality and long shelf life of the MRE pouches, it is said to be the perfect application for astronauts on the Space Station.
According to NASA (spaceflight.nasa.gov), “Thermostabilized foods are heat processed to destroy deleterious microorganisms and enzymes.” The stabilized food is packed in the MRE retort pouches, heated and eaten directly from the pouch by the astronauts.
“Ampac is proud to support the NASA space program by providing MRE pouches to the space station. It is an exciting use of the retort MRE pouch that we have been making for years,” says Millie Nuno, ProAmpac dir.-Marketing.