Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Advanced Retorts(ST10958-1)

Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation


Beechnut, a leading producer of baby food, is currently constructing a new facility in the Town of Florida. Retorts are used to ensure that sealed food containers are sterilized to eliminate any harmful bacteria. Beech-Nut currently uses traditional vertical full water immersion retorts, which require containers to be completely submerged in water. Beech-Nut is building a new manufacturing facility and plans to install eight new “SuperAgi” retorts. These retorts use a water spray type system, eliminating the need to heat a large volume of water as required by the immersion retorts, and eliminates blocking problems caused by conventional water spray retorts.

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Project Description

This project will install the SuperAgi, a new retort that uses a spray system that consumes less energy in the Beech-Nut factory in Florida, NY. The project will assess the technological feasibility, and design, install, commission, and monitor the performance of the SuperAgi.


The SuperAgi’s design locates the spray nozzle inside of the drum that rotates with the retort’s contents. This design should improve heat transfer rates and provide a more uniform temperature distribution throughout the load. Beech-Nut may see energy savings of $284,280 for steam, compressed air, and water/sewer costs. Beech-Nut will also see reduced emissions with the new retort in place. The new retorts should also improve productivity and enable Beech-Nut to expand production and product offerings.

Project Results


Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation
PO Box 500762
St Louis, MO 63150

Principle Investigator

Universities Involved


Project Type:

On-site Process Improvement

Technologies Types:

Process Heating/Cooling

NYSERDA Contact Information

Miriam Pye


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10958-1

Last Updated: 7/16/2014