Three processing methods – thermal, pressure, and chemical – offer almost unlimited options for meeting the demands of today’s beverage trends and nutritional choices.
Beverage processing’s primary goal is to ensure a safe product and shelf stability. That of course means eliminating pathogens and greatly reducing or eliminating spoilage bacteria. Three processing methods – thermal, pressure, and chemical – offer almost unlimited options for meeting the demands of today’s beverage trends and nutritional choices.
From creamy high-protein smoothies to vitamin-infused energy drinks, beverage creators can “pick their poison.” It might be a fresh-tasting refrigerated beverage that costs both creator and consumer a premium or a retorted, overcooked tasting juice that is economical to make and can last for years on the shelf. The beverage creator’s choice of trend will dictate the optimal processing method, packaging material, storage conditions, and final price for the product.
An Array of Options
Beverage makers should consider all three major processing options when creating a product. The Chemical Appeal: As clean label products become the norm, a beverage brand may want to avoid ingredients like potassium sorbate or sodium benzoate on the ingredient label. However, significant cost benefits of this shelf-stable process sometimes make it a viable option to consider…