Tropical fruit processing

Thousands of different types and varieties of tropical fruits are processed into either semi-refined or fully-finished wholesale and retail products by companies throughout the world. Alfa Laval expertise lies in extracting juices or viscous purees from an extensive variety of Tropical raw fruits that include Mango, Tomato, Guava, Papaya, Banana, Pineapple etc.

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By using Alfa Laval equipment in your tropical fruit processing set-up you

  • Make sure your plant is easy to extend, to comply with your changing needs
  • Ensure that the juices and purées you produce comply with international standards and requirements, for better sales
  • Consistently get the most – and the best – out of all the kinds of fruit you process
  • Achieve maximum versatility, to reduce your dependency on any specific crop or crops
  • Ensure exceptional plant reliability.

Alfa Laval expertise lies in extracting juices or viscous purees from a wide variety of tropical raw fruits that include

  • Mango
  • Tomato
  • Guava
  • Papaya
  • Banana
  • Pineapple and etc

Tomato processing

Tomatoes are used in countless food products, involving many different types of processing. Alfa Laval supplies processing line to manufacture tomato paste hotbreak and coldbreak, tomato puree, tomato crush, etc featuring the versatile design and exceptional hygienic standard.


Growing commercial interest

The pomegranate has yet to achieve commercial prominence as a consumer fruit in markets in the western hemisphere.

Nevertheless, the fruit is increasingly in demand for processing into juice, as well as for culinary uses. This is mainly because of the substantial reported health benefits – pomegranate juice is an excellent source of anti-oxidants.

In fact, world demand for pomegranate juice outstrips supply. This results in  this type of juice being increasingly popular as an ingredient in other juices, on account of its beneficial properties.

Perceptions and colour

Pomegranates for juice production are processed in much the same way as berries, except for the initial extraction in which the peel is removed and the red arils (seed casings) are separated from the internal white pulp.

To help ensure commercial success, it is important that consumers can see the link between pomegranate juice and the fresh fruit, as demonstrated by the colour. The highly effective heat management and anti-oxidation systems available from Alfa Laval enable you to prevent the juice from going brown.

Gentle processing

This, along with the speed, consistency and gentleness of the processing, enable you to get full commercial value out of your pomegranate inputs.



In demand worldwide

The mango is a tropical fruiting tree indigenous to India, but now cultivated in both tropical and subtropical regions for distribution in markets throughout the world.

Mangoes are much in demand for their flavour, fragrance and colour. They are extensively exploited for use as a food as well as purées and juices.

Mango mastery

Alfa Laval provides the technology that enables you to undertake the production of pulp, pulp concentrates, purées, clarified juice and juice concentrates with maximum efficiency. This paves the way to extracting maximum revenue from the pulp and peel.

We also help you deal effectively with individual local problems and issues.

Whatever they may be, we have the mango processing know-how to tackle them.

Tackling black specks

Throughout the world, many mango processing operations are currently confronted with the effects of mango anthracnose fungal infections, more colloquially known as black speck.

Alfa Laval systems, including Foodec decanter and high speed centrifuges designed to maintain exceptional hygiene standards and prevent oxidation, have achieved exceptional results in dealing with this problem. This can help any mango processing operation tackle this important challenge.

Improving efficiency

Alfa Laval technologies enable you to achieve significant improvements in both quality and efficiency benchmarks for mango juice production.

With the help of a comprehensive range of the world's most effective systems, you can produce export-standard mango juice with even better quality and at even more competitive prices.


Guava processing

Guava is widely grown in India as a tropical country and used widely in juice processing industry.  Alfa Laval, decanter centrifuge used to remove 15 - 20% grit  which is inherently present in the fruit. Alfa Laval technology used for pulp, puree and concentrate.

Alfa Laval systems are renowned for being efficient, reliable and easy to operate. We can supply you with the specialist equipment you need to boost efficiency.


Worldwide favourite

The banana is a highly nutritional food crop cultivated extensively in both tropical and subtropical regions, for consumption in markets throughout the world. Bananas are normally processed into purée and pulp, as well as banana flavour and powder, banana jam, etc. In processed form, they are widely used in juices, baby food, confectionery, bakery products and dairy products.

The versatile combination of consistency, taste and nutritional benefits makes banana purée a staple component that’s in widespread demand for juice mixes, smoothies and baby foods.

Efficiency counts

Because banana purée is usually considered a low-margin commodity product, commercial success in international markets tends to depend on efficiency and consistency.

Alfa Laval systems are renowned for being efficient, reliable and easy to operate. We can supply you with the specialist equipment you need to boost efficiency and profit margins in producing banana purée.

Systems like ViscoLine tubular heat exchangers and Contherm scraped-surface heat exchangers are ideal for replacing traditional swept-surface equipment, for example.


Changing needs

Market requirements regarding pineapple juice are gradually changing. Previously, the main focus was on providing clear juice with a lower pulp content. This was – and is – a job that high-speed disc stack centrifuges can deal with efficiently.

Increasingly, however, the commercial focus is on pineapple juice with a much higher pulp content, reflecting patterns of consumer demand and health awareness. The easiest and most cost-effective way to process high-pulp pineapple juice is with the help of advanced decanter centrifuge technologies available from the market leader in this field – Alfa Laval.

Providing key capabilities

Alfa Laval technologies can play a key role in boosting both the efficiency and the profitability of your pineapple juice processing set-up. We supply a comprehensive range of easily integrated systems ideal for lifting any production facility to a new level.

Compact, low-maintenance AlfaVap rising-film plate evaporators make it possible to concentrate juices with high solids contents.

For a high-value juice product, it is vital to maintain both colour and aroma. Foodec decanter centrifuges fitted with paring discs provide an important anti-foaming function. Controlling the presence of air helps minimize foaming as well as any risk of oxidation that can affect quality.

Aroma recovery

Alfa Laval has a long tradition of working with aroma recovery. This often plays an important role in processing pineapples into juice.


Long-standing popularity

The lychee is the fruit of a tropical and subtropical  tree, and the sole member of the Litchi genus in the soapberry family.

The lychee is the most popular Chinese fruit, and is grown extensively throughout South East Asia, where it has been cultivated for well over a thousand years.

It is widely used in the production of juice products.

Retaining key qualities

Alfa Laval Foodec decanter centrifuges are specially designed to deal with food-industry priorities regarding hygiene and product quality. Unlike traditional high-speed centrifugal separators, these special decanter centrifuges make it easier for you to meet consumer demand for lychee juice with a higher fibre content.

Foodec decanter centrifuges fitted with paring discs also have an important anti-foaming function. Controlling the presence of air helps minimize foaming as well as any risk of oxidation. This in turn helps you retain the colour, flavour and mouthfeel of lychee juice.

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