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Trending Back-to-School Snack: HPP’d Hope Hummus

“Back to school” can be a hectic time for families, with kids starting school again and new fall schedules that have to be met: from soccer matches to band practice to math club meetings. Busy lives call for convenient snacks, and nothing’s simpler than dipping fresh vegetables or pita chips into smooth, flavorful hummus.

Unlike the bland, heavy processed hummus found in so many grocery stores, Hope Hummus is packed with flavor, color, and passion. The company offers unique hummus flavors like Sea Salt & Olive Oil, Thai Coconut Curry, Spicy Avocado, Red Pepper, Kale Pesto, Jalapeño Red, Jalapeño Cilantro, Buffalo Bleu, and Black Garlic. Hope Hummus is available nationwide in Whole Foods, Publix, and Costco.

Hope Foods’ secret is simple: use fresh, organic ingredients. The company sources as many organic ingredients as it can through long-term relationships with local farmers across the American Southwest, including garbanzo beans and many of the spices used.

This focus on organic freshness allows Hope to bring farmer’s market hummus to people all across the nation.

But that wasn’t always the case. Hope started making its hummus in small batches and selling it in farmer’s markets in Boulder and Denver, and its fresh, organic ingredients were incredibly popular. When the company first started shipping its product to California, though, shipments were prone to spoilage. Without the use of preservatives or other pathogen-killing steps, Hope Hummus had a short shelf life of only 20 days.

Hope needed to find a way to keep its hummus as fresh as possible without compromising the fresh, organic ingredients.

Multiple processing methods were tested out, from flash pasteurization to freezing, but the results were not what Hope wanted. They all turned the company’s best seller—Spicy Avocado—brown. And that was unacceptable.

Hope eventually learned about HPP, seeing promise in the cold, high-pressure processing method to preserve the freshness of its ingredients without giving up quality. The company found that, when processed with HPP, its hummus retained its taste, texture, and nutrition better than any alternative.

Maybe the most important result of using HPP was extending the hummus’s shelf life from 20 to 90 days. Hope was able to expand its distribution nationwide practically overnight, spreading to Whole Foods, Publix, and Costco and making it easy for families across the country to enjoy fresh, organic Hope Hummus.

Today Hope still makes its hummus in small batches near the original farmer’s market in Colorado, but the company is able to share its passion for fresh ingredients and full flavor from coast to coast. And families across the country can enjoy dipping fresh vegetables or pita chips into smooth, flavorful Hope hummus. Yum!