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Certainly not 'Simply Orange' Juice from Coca-Cola
You have no doubt seen Simply Orange juice prominently on display in your local supermarket. Many people choose it because they believe it is a less processed, more natural choice than other brands.
Simply Orange is owned by Coca-Cola and a new investigation by Bloomberg Businessweek shows that it is a "hyper-engineered and dauntingly industrial product.", which is made using a process Coca-Cola call "Black Book". Since juice production is full of variables, including a peak growing season of only 3 months, this methodology was created to produce consistent orange juice year round. They won't tell anyone exactly how the Black Book formula works, but the consultant who designed it, Bob Cross of Revenue Analytics, shared some information with Bloomberg Businessweek.
Coca-Cola's Brazilian partner, Cutrale, processes the oranges, which are grown to Coke specifications. Satellite imaging allows them to order growers to pick their fruit at the best time, as determined by Black Book. The fresh-squeezed juice is stored in Cutrale's silos and transported via a 1.2 mile underground pipeline to Coke's packaging plant, where it is flash-pasteurized. It is then piped to storage tanks where it is slowly agitated and covered with a nitrogen gas blanked to keep out oxygen, which has been sucked out of the juice, as it will cause it to spoil.
The batches from different crops and seasons are separated, based on orange type, sweetness, and acidity. Blend technicians follow Black Book instructions, adding natural flavors and fragrances captured during squeezing back into the juice to make up for the flavor lost in processing. "When the juice is stripped of oxygen it is also stripped of flavor providing chemicals. Juice companies therefore hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that formulate perfumes for Dior and Calvin Klein, to engineer flavor packs to add back to the juice to make it taste fresh. Flavor packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil. Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature," explains Alissa Hamilton, author of Squeezed: What You Don't Know About Orange Juice.
If you're looking for an all-natural orange juice experienceyour best bet is to juice it yourself, go to a juice bar, or just enjoy a whole orange instead
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