Sugar converting technology for juice

GEA Better Juice Sugar Converter Skid

Enzyme technology to naturally reduce the sugar content of fresh juice drinks by up to 80 percent, without affecting nutritional value, mouthfeel or texture.

An extra step in juice processing

The patented continuous-flow system adds one step to the production process to enzymically convert juice sugars into healthy dietary fibers and non-digestible sugars. This natural fermentation-free, non-GMO process occurs without adding or removing ingredients.

Commercial production

Following intensive development by GEA and Better Juice, and having achieved GRAS self-affirmation status, commercial production is now possible in the US. By reducing the sugar content of juice concentrate, food and beverage companies can now reformulate their products, from beverages to confectionary, with lower calorie labels.

GEA brings expertise, experience and an optimal design

The GEA Better Juice Sugar Converter Skid is engineered optimally to contain the enzyme and process a liquid ingredient or final product, with the necessary configurable parameters to achieve the desired reduction in sugar content. A highly automated solution, the process system will run continuously for up to 72 hours on NFC juice and up to one week on juice concentrate before a cleaning/sterilization cycle is required.

GEA Better Juice Sugar Converter Skid - sugar converting technology
Test center provides solutions for unique product requirements

A pilot scale GEA Better Juice Sugar Converter Skid has been installed at the GEA Test Center for Aseptic Processing & Filling in Ahaus, Germany. Here, sugar reduction experts from Better Juice have joined forces with GEA’s specialist engineers to support and guide companies who wish to run trials or tests. In addition, the in-house team will provide laboratory services and analytical assistance. 

It’s often helpful to demystify innovative solutions such as the Better Juice process, which is why we encourage interested parties to experiment with the technology themselves. Running trials and scalable tests under real-life conditions at Ahaus will help us to optimize the process efficiency for your product(s) and significantly reduce your time-to-market.

  • Up to 80% sugar reduction (adjustable to achieve the desired sugar level in the final product)
  • Hygienic design 
  • pH control for optimal reactor system performance
  • Suitable for standalone process or can be integrated into an existing juice production line or side stream
  • Fully automated system
Technical data
Qmax (l/h) Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Process connection (DN) Installed electrical power (kW) Weight approx (kg)
20 3,500 1,400 2,200  10 16 (*1) 1,600
200 5,500 2,000 2,200 25 15 (*2) 2,800
1,500 (*3) 5,000 2,500 2,500 25 12 3,800
10,000 (*4) 2,500
50 20 3,000

(*1) incl. electrical heating/cooling

(*2) incl. electrical heating

(*3) size excl. reactor tank

(*4) built in 2 skids, size excl. tanks


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