The Future of the Beverage Industry – Extended Shelf Life (ESL) Beverages

Stremicks Heritage Foods™ - Quality and TechnologyStremicks Heritage Foods™ - Quality and TechnologyFor over 50 years that we’ve been in business, we’ve always challenged ourselves to go the extra mile in creating higher quality products.  With extensive research and development and the use of ESL production technology we can deliver better tasting, longer lasting products. We own and operate three of the industry’s leading ESL facilities where we produce best-in-class dairy and non-dairy products that maintain their flavor and consistency for up to 90 days.  Our ESL products make for a more sustainable and more cost effective product experience.

ESL Attributes

  • Reduced degradation during shipping and warehousing.
  • Fewer deliveries and increased shipping distance.
  • Expanded distribution for increased sales capabilities.
  • ESL technology lessens exposure to external bacteria resulting in increased food safety.
  • Fewer in-store out-of-stocks.
  • Fewer returns and reduced risk for food safety problems.
  • Increased customer satisfaction and competitive advantages.
  • Works across all categories:  soy, rice, coconut, almond, juice, and dairy.
  • Performs in paper, plastic, bulk bag, and hot fill packaging.
  • ESL technology is not just about extending product shelf life—it is an improvement in production processes resulting in increased food safety, which in turn, leads to longer shelf life.
  • We believe that ESL technology will be adopted as the future new standard for chilled, distributed dairy and non-dairy beverages.
  • Our three state-of-the-art ESL plants can produce quality dairy and non-dairy products with a consistent flavor profile equal to or better than pasteurized products and a shelf life of up to 90 days.
  • We are producing alternative beverages such as soy, rice, coconut and almond, as well as juice and dairy.
  • Aseptic capabilities.

Food Safety

  • Our ESL technology minimizes exposure to external bacteria and optimizes our ability to offer sterile product.
  • Longer shelf life allows us to hold the product while it is being bacterially tested.
  • Extended shelf life is more tolerant of occasional lapses in cold chain discipline during shipping and warehousing. It also results in reduction of returns and reduced risk for food safety problems.
  • Complete R&D work and able to work with customers from product conception through to a finished product.
  • SQF Level 3 certified.
  • Kosher, GMO free and organic certifications.

Extended Shelf Life Advantages

  • Longer shelf life translates to fewer deliveries and enables shipping over greater distances.
  • Expanded distribution and marketing results in increased sales.
  • Fewer out-of-stocks due to longer shelf life.
  • Increased customer satisfaction and competitive advantages.
  • Paper and plastic ESL products as well as bulk bag capabilities.

Soy/Rice Beverages  

Aseptic Shelf Stable – 32oz Tetra Slim 11oz Prisma

  • Soy – Original, Vanilla
  • Rice Beverage – Original, Vanilla
  • 365 Days Shelf Life

Gable Top – 64oz Refrigerated

  • Soy – Original, Vanilla
  • Rice Beverage – Original, Vanilla
  • 70-90 Days Shelf Life

Almond Beverage

Aseptic Shelf Stable – 32oz Tetra Slim

  • Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Vanilla, Chocolate
  • 365 Days Shelf Life

Gable Top – 64oz Refrigerated

  • Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened Vanilla, Chocolate

Organic Milk

Gable Top –  64oz Refrigerated

  • Whole, 2% Reduced Fat, 1% Low Fat, Nonfat
  • 77 Days Shelf Life


Gable Top Refrigerated – 8oz, 32oz, 64oz

  • Whole, 2% Reduced Fat, 1% Low Fat, Nonfat, Chocolate 1%
  • 77-85 Days Shelf Life – varies by SKU

Half and Half

Plastic Refrigerated – 32oz

  • 183 Days Shelf Life

Gable Top –  32oz Refrigerated

  • 70 Days Shelf Life

Whipping Cream

Gable Top 8oz, 16oz, 32oz and 2-2.5 gal Bag and Box

  • 30% BF, 36% BF, 40% BF
  • 70-90 Days Shelf Life

Organic Creamers

Plastic Refrigerated – 16oz

  • Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut
  • 183 Days Shelf Life

Aseptic Creamers

Aseptic Shelf Stable – 32oz Tetra Slim. 17oz  Prisma

  • Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut
  • 214 Days Shelf Life

Non-Dairy Creamers

Plastic Refrigerated – 64oz

  • Original, French Vanilla, Fat Free French Vanilla, Sugar Free French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Fat Free Hazelnut, Sugar Free Hazelnut, Seasonal Vanilla Caramel, Fat Free Vanilla Caramel, Peppermint Mocha, Pumpkin Spice
  • 183 Days Shelf Life

Sports Nutrition/Meal Replacement/Adult Nutrition

Aseptic – 11 oz Prisma

Plastic Refrigerated – 14oz

  • ESL

Ice Cream and Reduced Fat Ice Cream Mixes

  • Refrigerated Gable Top 64oz
  • 2-2.5 gal Bag and Box
  • Vanilla and Chocolate
  • 70-120 Days Shelf Life