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Our production plants work 24 hours per day , seven days a week during the harvesting season. Citrosuco Matão plant has the highest production capacity of any juice processing plant in the world and can crush the equivalent of more than 1,200 truck-loads of oranges a day.
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Concentrated orange juice is homogenized in blending tanks, to the desired specifications and quality standards, chilled and sent for storage at -10º C.
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Citrosuco was a pioneer in Brazil in the developing the infrastructure required for the production and exportation of single strength, NFC orange juice (ready for consumption).

We have three plants located in the towns of Matão, Catanduva and Araras in São Paulo state. In the United States, we have a production facility in Lake Wales (Florida). Our installed production capacity corresponds to more than 40% of all the orange juice produced and exported from Brazil.

The following sections will give you a step-by-step insight into the manufacturing process of orange juice and its by-products. Our production process adheres to strict quality and food safety protocols and controls.

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Unloading Voltar para o topo

The trucks transporting the oranges from the groves arrive at the plants and are inspected by, and subject to approval, ofthe Citrosuco fruit receiving team before permitting to unload.

The approved oranges are unloaded via inclined ramps and stored in special fruit holding bins that help protect the quality of the oranges until the time when the juice is ready for the extraction process. A sample from each truck is taken for fruit quality evaluation in Citrosuco laboratories.

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Before extraction the oranges are washed, selected and graded by size so the juice can be extracted in a manner that preserves the highest juice quality possible. Oranges that do not meet grade are discarded at this stage, but not wasted, and are used in the production of Citrus Pulp Pellets for animal feed.

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The selected oranges then go to the equipped extractors which squeeze the fruit to separate the juice, peel oil, and peel from the orange.

The juice then goes to the filters and centrifuges where the pulp buds, seeds and excess pulp are removed.

Bagasse, peel and seeds are sent to be used in the manufacture of by-products and animal feed. 100% of the orange is utilized during orange juice processing and transformed into orange essence, orange aroma, orange cells, orange citrus terpene, and citrus pulp pellets for animal feed.


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Not from concentrate orange juice that is ready to drink, known to our consumers as "NFC", is a strategic product for the company currently produced at the Matão and Catanduva plants in Brazil, and (Lake Wales in Florida).

Shortly after the juice has been extracted, it is chilled and transferred to the port of Santos in dedicated tanker trucks which ensure its freshness and conservation during the journey.

On arrival at the export terminal in Santos, the juice undergoes a modern pasteurizing and chilling process during which all the micro-organisms that could potentially degrade the product are removed followed by.

a controlled de-aeration process is also applied in which the oxygen that was incorporated to the juice is removed, preventing it from oxidizing over time. This preserves its freshness and vitamin C level in the orange juice.


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One means of exporting orange juice is in the form of frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ). During this process, the natural juice extracted from the orange passes through equipment, known as evaporators, during which the water is removed from the juice by vacuum heating until it becomes a concentrated product.

The juice is pasteurized during this stage of the process.


Not from Concentrate Juice (NFC)


The NFC juice is stored in modern stainless steel tanks that are manufactured to meet rigourous NFC quality specifications and standards, so to be exported throughout the year without losing its quality and freshness. This process is known as aseptic storage.

The quality of the juice is constantly monitored via sampling and laboratory testing and quality management control.

Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ)


The juice is frozen to below zero temperatures to ensure its conservation and is stored in dedicated stainless steel tanks within the cold rooms.

The juice is then transferred to special tanker-trucks and transported to the port of Santos for export to the global markets.