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Essential Equipment For Fruit Juice Business In Nigeria

Fruit juice production and processing is one of the lucrative businesses among the beverages category, but it stands out because of the numerous nutrients it provides to the body and is therefore in high demand.

Making fruit juice on a commercial scale requires great attention to detail to ensure the drink which will be consumed by many is produced safely and sanitarily.

There are essential tools that help a juice-making company to operate smoothly and effectively and it is important to know them if you want to have a successful business.

Equipment For Production:


The wash line is a vital piece of equipment which is the first point of contact in the juice production process. What happens here is that the raw fruit ingredients go down a wash line where the fruit gets cleaned, to remove traces of dirt, particles, pesticides, and prepare them for processing. Once this is done, a conveyor belt system carries them into a grinder.


As the name entails, this is used to grind the raw fruits for the extraction process. After the raw ingredients pass through the grinder, it is moved to the extraction equipment.


There are different types and sizes of pumps but the most common ones are; progressive cavity and lobe pumps. Progressive cavity is better at dealing with products that contain large particles. Lobe pumps are better suited for juices with high acidity and low abrasiveness.

It is interesting to note that these pumps only transfer the fruits to the next stage, as it does not perform any size reduction.


Juice extractors come in many different styles depending on what fruit or vegetables you’re processing and what your end product objectives are.

In some cases, different extractors are used in a processing plant while others just use one. Examples of extractors are: screw presses, rack, belt presses, cloth presses and centrifuges.


This is a vital part of the production process and it is used to mix concentrate, fruit pulp, preservatives, water, flavor, color, etc. Mixing tanks are available in large selection of sizes, materials, and price ranges.


Pasteurizing is the process of killing potentially harmful microorganisms, so that the juice is safe for consumption. Though there are some main equipment which must be in your factory, there are also smaller tools used to process fruit juices

I. Fruit washer: There are two types, namely; fruit surfing washing machine and brush spray washing machine. It is meant for the selection of fruits and vegetables, like carrots which are hard to clean.

II. Fruit elevator: This is is usually placed between fruit sorter and washer or after the fruit sorter.

III. Fruit crusher: For the purpose of crushing fruits and vegetable. The types are hammer crusher and squirrel-cage crusher.

IV. Preheat machine: This helps to soften raw fruits, eliminate enzyme, and protect color.

V. Fruit pulping machine: In cases where you need to pulp kernel fruits and extract juice from fruits such as mango, strawberry, raspberry, apricot, tomato, peach and kiwi fruit, this is the equipment for that.

VI. Aseptic filling machine: What this helps to accomplish in the production of fruit juice is the process of opening cover, canning, metering and sealing.

Production Steps:

The fruit juice production process starts with the pretreatment of raw fruit material and after which you do the extraction, clarification, and filtration.

When done with the first stage, the production process continues with homogenization, deoxidation, concentration, and ingredient adjustments.

The final stage of production is packaging and sterilization, so it can be shipped out to stores for consumers to purchase.


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