Harvested from 90 citrus farms in North West Province, from April to November, the fresh fruit delivered to our factory is weighed and tipped into bins.
Samples of each batch are tested for quality in our pre-grading laboratory and, if in line with our high standards, the fruit is approved for processing.
Within 24 hours of arriving at our factory gate, the fresh produce is washed and processed. Any spoiled fruit is removed and discarded.
The juice is extracted into a processing system that separates the juice from the cells. The cells are pasteurised and stored at sub-zero temperatures. These products are sold to customers and also used in various recipes.
After it has been extracted from the fruit, the juice passes through an evaporation process, which heats it to 92°C to remove water. The raw concentrate is then frozen to -18°C and stored in our freezer tank farm, which holds up to 1.3 million litres of concentrate.
We process approximately 500 tons of citrus fruit every 24 hours and about 50 000 tons of fruit every year.
We then add value to the raw concentrate in the secondary production area, according to the product specifications in our various recipes.
Numerous concentrate products are blended in large mixing tanks and pumped into holding tanks before passing along different filling lines where the products are bottled, filled, capped, labelled and dated.
Products packed in bulk and other smaller packs for the retail market are then moved to the dispatch area.
From dispatch, the products are distributed to customers nationally and internationally. Our unique depot system of 16 outlets covers the whole of South Africa as well as neighbouring countries: Namibia, Botswana and Lesotho.
We also export our products globally and import additional raw products from several countries as and when needed. We also support local producers.
While we proudly uphold the solid foundation we have established, our sights are also set on sustainable growth – our product development laboratory continues to develop new recipes in order to meet the changing needs of our customers.
We maintain rigorous quality control systems along our entire manufacturing process. To ensure that all our products meet the exact specifications of each recipe, samples are tested in our microbiology and chemical laboratories for possible spoilage.
Our processes are also governed by strict quality controls at every step, including ISO 22000 for food safety management, and we test all of our products constantly.
We are certified by SGF, an international fruit juice quality control system based in Germany. This ensures that we meet global quality standards.
Watch our manufacturing process video