The beverage producing industry is facing a lot of changes nowadays. Customers are demanding new, exotic beverages, health supporting beverages and beverages with high quality and low losses of the original ingredients, just to name a few. This brings new challenges to the production process. Complex recipes need to be managed mixing a variety of solids and liquids in continuous production processes.
Currently, a multitude of VAN DER MOLEN-systems are in use worldwide for CARBONATED SOFTDRINK preparation. VAN DER MOLEN is providing high quality PROCESS SOLUTIONS for the production of NON-CARBONATED DRINKS, WATER, NEAR-WATER and SYRUP products as well. Particular attention is paid to the preparation and treatment of beverages containing fruit pulp, as well as solutions to improve the water quality of products.
Cola is the most prominent CARBONATED SOFTDRINK worldwide. The applied production processes range from batch to continuous production processes. Several product developments have emerged in recent years – Cola-mix-drinks, lemonades with diverse flavors, energy-drinks and a variety of carbonated mixed drinks using WATER and fruit juice concentrate.
The Basis of CARBONATED SOFTDRINK production is sugar SYRUP, which is produced most efficiently in a continuous sugar DISSOLVING process. Depending on the type of drink, several concentrates and flavors are added after which the final beverage is carbonated.
Usually, NON-CARBONATED DRINKS are known as fruit juices, consisting of a variety of basic products like fruit juice concentrate, natural fruit juice, Juice with fruit pulp and fibers. In recent times, an increasing number of producers began producing drinks on tea-basis, mixed with fruit juice and/or flavors.
Natural fruit juices, with or without pulp and fibers, require specific THERMAL TREATMENT to guarantee a high quality of the final product. There are various process solutions that will yield the desired results – in many processes though, UHT is employed.
Even with WATER, customers become more selective and sophisticated. It’s not only about sparkling or still, the degree of minerals and salt plays an increasing role . Customers begin selecting WATER based on its respective nutrition analysis.
Using WATER TREATMENT, the concentration of minerals and salt can be reduced, and if necessary, specific minerals can be added subsequentially. Further, WATER TREATMENT will provide producers of CARBONATED SOFTDRINKS, NON-CARBONATED DRINKS, NEAR-WATER, WATER and SYRUP with suitable WATER for their beverage production process.
In addition to CARBONATED SOFTDRINKS, customers are demanding an increasing number of NEAR-WATER drinks. Those drinks are based on mineral- or table water and are mixed with flavors.
Mixing of fruit juices with WATER has a long-standing tradition. These days, a variety of ingredients are used to produce a tasty and refreshing drink to satisfy customers’ needs. This directly influences the production process, especially regarding mixing and dosing of the respective liquids.
Customers increasingly tend to mix their beverages at home, whether on the basis of a typical SYRUP or on the basis of concentrates for special applications. The advantage is, that customers are facing reduced transportation costs and they have the option to produce their own mix – with or without CO2.
For the production of SYRUP and / or concentrates, precision in mixing and dosing is essential. In order to reach a high Quality in final products, the precise preparation of the SYRUP can be realized by installing an inline dosing system.