A DUE has developed considerable experience in process technologies for the preparation of fruit juices containing pieces or cells, also through collaboration with the leading research institutions (Universities, Technology Centres, Experimental Station for Food Processing and Preservation).
This type of drink usually consists of fruit juice with the presence of orange cells or fruit pieces up to a maximum of 10%.
The fruit juice is made up of fruit at a percentage ranging from 15 to 50%, minor ingredients (acids, aromas, etc.) and thickeners (usually pectins).
The particulate matter has variable dimensions depending on the type of fruit: the orange cells range from 3x1mm to 8×2 mm, whereas the fruit pieces (mango, pineapple, strawberry, etc.) go from 4x4x4 mm to a maximum of 10x10x10 mm.
For this type of product the correct preparation of the phase containing cells and pieces, its mixing and the homogeneous supply to the filler are of fundamental importance.
For this purpose A DUE has developed a technology which is able to prevent mechanical and heat damage to the product, while ensuring maximum flexibility both in relation to the type of cells and pieces and to the packaging technology.
In doing this A DUE makes use of special simulation and control software (e.g. T.I.Be.Na., Fluent, etc.)