Boosting juice production efficiency with PEF technology

OptiCept and Dole join forces to improve juice extraction processing. The PEF-based application juiceCEPT is to be installed at one of Dole’s Southeast Asia facilities.

OptiCept Technologies and Dole have entered into a partnership to explore the potential of OptiCept’s CEPT® platform for improving the efficiency of Dole’s production facilities. The project is set to commence in April of 2023.

The initial agreement will see OptiCept’s juiceCEPT® model BALDER put to the test at one of Dole’s Southeast Asia facilities, with the aim of verifying the technology in Dole’s extraction process. The collaboration has the potential to unlock a multi-billion-dollar market in the fruit and vegetable industry and investigate the possibility of extracting valuable substances from juice production residuals.

“This project has great potential for both OptiCept and Dole, and we are investing our time, money, and resources to make it a success,

says Thomas Lundqvist, CEO of OptiCept Technologies.

“Having a world leader like Dole signing an agreement with us is a testament to the potential of our technology and the beginning of a long-term collaboration in a large market.”

Dole is a global leader in fresh fruit and vegetable production, with operations in 30 countries and 40,000 employees. With over 100 production facilities worldwide, the company has a strong presence in the industry.

Taking on the juice industries challenges with the juiceCEPT technology

The highly competitive juice market with many established brands and new entrants vying for market share is in constant need of developing new and better products. Consequently, technology like CEPT® based on pulsed electric field, is a way of not only improving the end product but also increasing production efficiency.

Equally important is consumer preferences. Consumers are increasingly concerned about health and wellness and are seeking out products that are natural, organic, and free from artificial ingredients.

In effect, the PEF processing technology with minimal heat impact that boosts the cellular release of minerals, vitamins, color compounds, and other micronutrients enhances quality substantially, is an attractive solution.

juiceCEPT - PEF technology for juice production

PEF technology for juice production in production line
Depending on what effect you wish to achieve the applications are installed in different places in the production line. They can also be combined.

With juiceCEPT® we improve extraction by micro-scale destruction of cell membranes. Boost cellular release of nutrients, enhancing quality substantially. Increase shelf-life by reducing and inactivating microorganisms like yeasts, molds, and bacteria.

The application and technology are easily retrofitted into the existing vegetable and/or fruit juice production process. Hence, minimum downtime is expected. The juiceCEPT® solution is scalable where an increased number of units will multiply the flow rate with the same number. 

Moreover, the heat effect of the treatment is low and the heating of the juice is limited to only 1-3° Celsius.

Two variants of the application are offered


Designed for increased shelf-life with minimal heat impact. We have more than doubled the shelf life of freshly squeezed quality juices while maintaining freshness and fruitiness.

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for increased extraction yield and improved quality.

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The two methods can also be combined by installing two separate units and treating the juice in two steps during processing.

Increasing sustainability and efficiency in juice production

The OptiCept team is excited to start its work with Dole and is convinced great results will be achieved. Taking important steps in contributing to the transition to a more sustainable future.

PEF (Pulsed Electric Field) technology can offer several benefits in juice production, including:

  • Increased Juice Yield: PEF can extract more juice from fruits and vegetables compared to traditional methods, leading to higher juice yield.
  • Improved Juice Quality: PEF can preserve the taste, color, and nutritional value of juice as it helps to avoid heat-induced damage and oxidation.
  • Reduced Processing Time: PEF can reduce processing time as it can be done at a lower temperature and pressure, making it a more efficient process.
  • Enhanced Shelf Life: PEF can extend the shelf life of juice by inactivating microorganisms and enzymes that cause spoilage, without the use of preservatives.
  • Improved Sustainability: PEF uses less water and energy compared to traditional juice production methods, making it a more environmentally sustainable option.


Overall, PEF technology has the potential to improve the efficiency, quality, and sustainability of juice production.

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