By means of the 'Fruchtsaftverordnung' (Fruit Juice Regulation) and the 'Leitsätze für Erfrischungsgetränke' (Guidelines for Soft Drinks), German law clearly defines the differences between fruit juice, fruit nectar, fruit juice drink or fruit juice spritzer: Consumers can learn about the contents of the bottle or package on the respective labels.
A fruit juice is a juice made from a fruit or multiple fruits, namely 100%. But a fruit juice is not always automatically a freshly pressed juice. The organic juices from Voelkel are. The ripe fruits are freshly pressed and then the juice is bottled directly - without sugar and other additives and without reconstitution from concentrate, i.e. neither water nor flavours are extracted or later added. Thus, our juices are 100% NFC juices. NFC juice is pressed directly from fresh fruit. A juice contains its fruit-specific flavours and water which the fruit has formed and stored during its ripening period.
With a juice made from concentrate, the fruit-specific water is extracted from the juice, while volatile, natural flavours are collected. Before bottling, water and flavours are added to the concentrate. These flavours do not necessarily come from the fruits from which the concentrate was originally created.
A fruit nectar or fruit juice drink is a mixture of fruit juice and water to which sweetening can be additionally added. They differ in their minimum fruit content. Basically, it is possible to process all fruits into 100% juice. However, particularly acid-rich fruits and vegetables such as sour cherries, rhubarb or passion fruit do not taste good to humans, or they are simply too thick for a drink like bananas. Fruit nectars contain 25-50% fruit and water and/or sugar or an alternative sweetener – depending on the variety. With Voelkel, the fruit content is often higher. Thus, we manufacture, for example, a very high-quality rhubarb drink which contains 64% NFC rhubarb juice. The drink is sweetened with concentrated grape juice. In this way, our guava aloe vera drink contains the mild, fruit-specific sweetness of thickened grape juice. In a few cases - such as with the rhubarb - we use raw cane sugar for taste reasons. The fruit content of fruit drinks is lower than with a fruit nectar. They are produced non-carbonated and are considered soft drinks.
Our traditional juice making facility offers around 60 various fruit juices. These include classics like apple juice, orange juice and multivitamin juice as well as exotic juices such as pineapple juice, pink grapefruit juice, blood orange juice, apple apricot peach and apple mango, as well as the single-variety gourmet juices Merlot grape juice, Chardonnay grape juice and apple juice Holsteiner Cox.
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