FRUIT & BEVERAGES: Squeezing Every Drop Out Of Grapes
Recent Western Cape Business News
IN beverage technology, grape de-juicing is driven by three factors: achieving maximum product quality, getting the highest yield from raw materials, and maximising efficiency. GEA Westfalia Separator South Africa, part of the global GEA Westfalia Separator Group, offers a wide range of clarifiers, separators and decanters that deliver gentle product treatment, more efficient production flows and an increase in profits for producers.
“With traditional presses there are notable quantities of solids in the juice.”
“With the GEA Westfalia Separator vinex process, fresh fruit is juiced to the maximum, leaving less solids which allows for much easier clarification with a lower load on the product,” explains Annarie Bruwer, sales engineer, GEA Westfalia Separator, South Africa. The closed system furthermore reduces unwanted oxidation and is easier to clean.
The stems and seeds of the grapes are not destroyed during decanting, with the result that no bitter substances are extracted.
GEA Westfalia Separator has patented in-line flotation directly after the decanter, which can bring the solid content, before fermentation, down to very clear juice. By not using a press, a uniform juice quality can be achieved.
Using the range of GC decanters from GEA Westfalia Separator makes continuous juicing of grapes possible and lowers the total investment costs in comparison to tank press systems.
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