Soft Drink Beverage Technology
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Soft Drink and Fruit Juice Problems Solved
edited by Philip R. Ashurst

How do I select the right intense sweetener for my product? Do small changes in packaging need extensive trials? When do I need to institute a product recall?

Soft Drink and Fruit Juice Problems Solved provides expert answers to these and further questions which arise during the development, manufacture, packaging and distribution of soft drinks, fruit juices and packaged waters. Arranged in practical question and answer format, information can be found quickly and easily, whether the book is being used as a basic source of information, problem-solving manual or training tool.


  • provides solutions to a wide variety of queries commonly encountered by industry professionals
  • reviews issues relating to beverage ingredients, manufacturing product quality packaging and storage
  • thorough reference book written by authors with extensive industry experience
  • arranged in a practical question and answer format whereby information can be found quickly and easily

The book is divided into nine main chapters reviewing issues relating to beverage ingredients, manufacturing, product quality, packaging, storage and distribution. A section on bottled waters is also included. Final chapters cover ways of handling consumer complaints, environmental and regulatory issues. .


Product Development of New Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices

  • Initial Issues Affecting Product Development
  • The Marketing Brief
  • Cost Constraints
  • Packaging Issues
  • Manufacturing Issues
  • Shelf-Life Prediction
  • Assessing Consumer Reaction to New Products

Ingredients in Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices

  • Water as an Ingredient
  • Fruit Components as Ingredients
  • Carbohydrate Sweeteners
  • Intense Sweeteners
  • Flavourings
  • Colourings
  • Preservatives
  • Nutraceutical Ingredients
  • Miscellaneous Additives

Manufacturing of Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices

  • Ingredient Sourcing and Storage
  • Mixing, Compounding and Related Problems
  • Pasteurizatiion, Homogenization and Related Issues
  • Filling Operations and Related Issues
  • Secondary Packaging
  • Finished Product Storage

Quality Issues in Soft Drink and Fruit Juice Processing

  • Ingredient Quality
  • Ingredient Interactions
  • Ingredient Specifications
  • Problems During Manufacture and Safety Issues
  • Colour and Appearance Changes
  • Flavour Deterioration.
  • Packaging Interactions
  • Microbiological Problems
  • Shelf-Life Issues

Bottled Waters

  • Legislation
  • Water Extraction
  • Water Treatment and Bottling
  • Quality Issues
  • Storage and Distribution

Packaging, Storage and Distribution of Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices

  • Selection of Packaging
  • Packaging Defects
  • Problems during Filling and Packaging Operations
  • Post Filling Defects
  • Storage Conditions
  • Distribution Problems

Handling Consumer Complaints about Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices

  • Recording and Handling Consumer Complaints
  • Traceability Systems and Crisis Management

Environmental Issues in the Manufacture of Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices

  • How do I find out about which regulations and consents apply to my business?
  • What are the major sources of waste from my business?
  • Are all the necessary consents in place for me to discharge effluent?
  • Am I discarding valuable ingredients (such as sugar residues)? If so, can I recover all or part of them?
  • Am I meeting my obligations under the Packaging Waste Regulations?
  • Is there anything I can do to recycle any of my packaging components or to use recycled components?
  • Can I use recycled PET?
  • What is IPPC and does it relate to my business?
  • What is the Climate Change Levy and can I claim exemption?
  • Is my business affected by WEEE?
  • Do my containers have to be recyclable?
  • Are coloured plastics recyclable?

Regulatory Issues Relating to Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices

  • How much information should be available in product formulations?
  • How can compliance with legislation in markets other than that for which the product was originally designed be confirmed, and how can such information be kept up-to-date?
  • How can the fruit or juice content of a product be calculated for the pupose of declaring the QUID value or for confirmation of a claim?
  • How important is it to be able to access historical formulas?
  • Are current product labels accurate, up to date and legal?
  • Should the local Trading Standards Department (or other relevant enforcement authority) be involved in approving product labels?
  • How can nutritional claims be sustained, and how should nutritional data be obtained?
  • What does a responsible manufacturer have to do to keep up to date with statutory requirements?
  • Does allergen labelling apply to soft drinks?
  • What are the main statutory requirements with which a beverages manufacturer must comply in the United Kingdom?
  • What does a manufacturer need to be aware of when wishing to make nutritional claims for a product as listed in EU Regulation 1924/2006?
  • How is the nutritional value of a product calculated?
  • Are there any special health and safety issues that relate to soft drinks manufacture

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Soft Drink and Fruit Juice Problems Solved
edited by Philip R. Ashurst
2009 • 208 pages • $219.00 + shipping
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