Concentration of raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) juice using membrane processes

Zs Molnár, Sz Bánvölgyi, Á Kozák, I. Kiss, E. Békássy-Molnár, Gy Vatai

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Concentration of raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) juice by combination of membrane processes was investigated. The pre-treatment steps were crushing, enzyme treatment, pressing and clarification by microfiltration (MF). Ceramic tube MF membrane was used at low pressure and temperature (3.9 bar and 30 °C).Nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) process with flatsheet membranes was studied to pre-concentrate the clarified and sterilized raspberry juice. The NF experiments were carried out at different flow-rates (400 l h-1 and 600 l h-1). Any significant effect of flow-rate was not experienced. Both pre-concentration processes were used at low temperature (30 °C) for a mild concentration of raspberry juice. For further concentration osmotic distillation (OD) was applied. The initial total soluble solid content of the raspberry juice was 8-10 °Brix, the final concentrate of OD was 70-80 °Brix.The membrane-, fouling- and the polarization layer resistance were determined in case of micro-, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis.The soft drinks, made from RO and OD concentrates, were compared with well-known conventional raspberry juice from trade. During the sensory analysis (the colour, odour, flavour, acid taste and general impression was evaluated) our juices were preferred by customers.The antioxidant capacity, total phenol, anthocyanin and acid content, the total cell count and the number of yeasts and moulds were determined in the permeate and retentate samples of the different filtration steps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-159
Number of pages13
JournalActa Alimentaria
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012


  • enzyme treatment
  • microfiltration
  • nanofiltration
  • osmotic distillation
  • raspberry
  • reverse osmosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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