Exotic Fruit and Traditional Plant-based Drinks

Increased consumer demand for alternatives to traditional fruit drink flavors such as apple and orange have created an opportunity to exploit fruits such as mango, pomegranate, papaya, lychee and guava, to produce a range of more exotic flavored smoothies and juices.

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Demand for beverages based on coconut water, aloe vera and other juices made from antioxidant-rich ‘superfruits’ and from traditional plants such as nettles and dandelions, is on the rise alongside a decline in the consumption of orange juice. The changing market has driven R&D into new products and production processes. GEA’s expertise, experience and portfolio of technologies in the juice beverage sector means that we are perfectly placed to help producers increase their yields of valuable ingredients, improve quality, and optimize processes through technological innovation.

As an expert in the continuous processing of fruits and vegetables, we offer a high degree of automation, accelerated production (fast juicing), increased yields at reduced production costs and, above all, a top product quality. Talk to GEA about how we might be able to decrease the overall number of process stages to make your application more time- and cost-effective.

Key to the processing of any fruit or vegetable juice is the application of centrifugal technology to separate the juice, flesh and solids of the fruit, whether pineapples and guavas, or nettles and dandelions. After the fruit has been washed and crushed, and depending on how the process is managed, GEA’s centrifugal decanters and separators are used to adjust how much pulp remains in the juice, according to customer specifications.

Traditional medicinal and culinary plants including dandelion and nettle are experiencing something of a renaissance in modern-day cooking and nutrition, and they are now available as health-promoting drinks or nutraceuticals. Separators and decanters from GEA are ideally suited to the gentle processing of juices, such as these, that are high in active ingredients.