How fruit juice is made
The process behind fruit juice depends on whether the fruit juice is ‘from concentrate’ or ‘not from concentrate’. Let’s take orange juice as an example:
Not from concentrate:
As with all fruit juices, the story of orange juice starts in the groves, where the fruit is grown. Local growers cultivate the oranges until they are ripe and ready to be picked manually. Once the mature fruit is harvested, it goes straight to the factory where it is thoroughly inspected – only sound and ripe oranges are selected for orange juice. The inspection process goes quickly to make sure that the fruit doesn’t lose any of its natural nutrients and is still full of vitamins and nutrients. As the fruit comes straight from the groves, it is thoroughly washed and cleaned before it is squeezed.
Once the juice is squeezed from the orange, it is usually lightly pasteurised to keep the juice fresh for longer, a commonly and widely accepted approach that helps to protect its natural nutrients and maintain premium quality.
Here, the process has a few more stages. Depending on the technique, the juice is either heated by steam so the water in juice evaporates, or ultra-filtrated and then concentrated by applying the technique of reverse osmosis. Juice concentrate is born! Afterwards, the water is added back to the concentrate and properly blended to achieve high-quality juice.
Last but not least, the orange juice is packed in a way that is designed to protect the vitamins and minerals from the effects of light, temperature and air. This way, we can drink it in its optimal condition.
Check this page in coming weeks for more information including fact sheets and videos about how orange juice is made – from grove to glass.