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Apple juicing equipment - Making the right decision

Pure apple juice has for many years been recognised as a premium product in the UK. If you are thinking of setting up an apple juice production business, or you are an established apple juice producer, Vigo supplies an extensive range of apple juice production equipment, including apple washers, apple presses / mills, pasteurisers, and bottling equipment.

Apple Juice Production

The production of apple juice for sale is a relatively simple operation requiring no specialist skills. The equipment required to make apple juice is easy to operate and not costly to install. The fruit farm / orchard apple juice producer has several advantages over the industrial processor, including:

  • the ability to choose high quality sound fruit
  • preventing quality sound fruit which is classed as 'out-grade' from going to waste
  • full control over the production process - from sorting, to pressing, to bottling
  • the ability to tap into the loyalty of local customers, particularly those who are passionate about artisan food and drinks

Juicing Equipment - making the right decision

Choosing to invest in new equipment can allow you to maximise production and minimise labour costs, improving your profitability, as long as you make the right choice.

Choosing equipment can be daunting, and can lead to many different questions:

  • How much juice can I make?
  • What are the juice yields I can expect?
  • How much will the equipment cost?
  • How can I reduce my labour costs, yet increase production?
  • Will the new equipment integrate easily into my existing operation?
  • How can I be certain that I’m choosing the appropriate equipment to suit my business – both for now and the future?

What we can offer

Vigo has over over 30 years' experience supplying apple juice production equipment to apple juice producers. We can help you answer all of the questions able, and give you peace of mind. We can help you make the right choice to allow you to build your profits.

Vigo offers the full range of Voran fruit processing equipment. Voran established in 1925 and are the market leaders in commercial fruit processing equipment. The Voran range is modular, process-based and extremely robust. In partnership with Voran, we can offer you:

  • Advice on the appropriate equipment for you – taking budget, space, desired throughput, labour, etc. into consideration
  • High quality, robust equipment
  • Excellent juice yields (these can vary depending on fruit variety and condition)
  • Competitive prices
  • Advice on integrating new equipment into existing schemes
  • Trade-in options for your used equipment
  • Advice on layout of equipment, power/water requirements in your building, etc.
  • Equipment thoroughly tested prior to despatch by experienced Vigo engineers
  • Conversion to single-phase power where required
  • Set-up and commissioning on site by experienced Vigo engineers
  • Comprehensive 2 year parts and labour warranty, backed up by Vigo engineers

All of this ensures you choose the right equipment for your application, which fits seamlessly into your operation. Our engineers ensure that the equipment works perfectly for you immediately, allowing you to quickly and efficiently increase production, reduce costs and increase your profitability.

Press Options

Commercial juice producers have essentially two main options available when choosing equipment:

  • Hydraulic Pressing – Using a hydraulic press with racks and cloths. The more traditional way of pressing, equipment is generally less expensive, but the manual nature of pressing in this way does mean that more labour is required and throughput is limited.

  • Belt Pressing – A more modern, automated pressing method. Belt presses allow large quantities of fruit to be pressed with minimal labour, but the equipment costs are more expensive.

Milling

Before pressing, apples need to be crushed to a fine pulp. Effectively crushing can have as much effect on juice yields as the power of the press. The model of press will determine which mill is compatible.

Pasteurisers

To prevent the juice from fermenting it must be pasteurised, which involves heating the juice to a carefully controlled temperature for a specific time. Pasteurisation can be achieved by one of the following options:

  • In-bottle pasteurisation - filling bottles with cold juice and then immersing the bottles in hot water at a set temperature for a specific length of time
  • Flash pasteurisation - the juice is heated very quickly in a heat exchanger and bottled or bagged while hot

Vigo manufactures and supplies both in-bottle pasteurisation and flash pasteurisers for pasteurising apple juice.

Bottle Filling & Labelling

Vigo supplies a full range of bottling equipment, from bottling machines, labelling machines, capping machines, to shrink capsule applicators.

Bag-in-Box Filling

Bag-in-box packaging is a convenient and economical alternative to bottles. Vigo supplies bag-in-box fillers.

The Full Range

To see the range of equipment available for apple juice producers click here.

Case Studies

Read our apple juice production Case Studies here.

Advice from Vigo

Vigo can offer advice on equipment to suit your planned production rates and budget. Please contact us on 01404 892100 to discuss your requirements.

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