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A container of vanilla concentrate

A concentrate is a form of substance that has had the majority of its diluting agent (in the case of a liquid: the solvent) removed, such that the substance becomes the majority composition. Typically, this will be the removal of water from a solution or suspension, such as the removal of water from fruit juice.


Juice concentrate[edit]

A juice concentrate is the result of removing water from fruit or vegetable juice.[1] In juice manufacturing from concentrate, numerous procedures are required under government regulation to assure food safety.[1]

A process of concentrating orange juice was patented in 1948.[2] It was originally developed to provide World War II troops with a reliable source of vitamin C.[3][4]

Soft drink concentrate[edit]

Most sodas and soft drinks are produced as highly concentrated syrups and later diluted with carbonated water directly before consumption or bottling. Such concentrated syrups are sometimes retailed to the end-consumer because of their relatively low price and considerable weight savings.

Most juice and soda concentrates have a long shelf-life due to high sugar content and/or added preservatives.

Other food[edit]

Condensed milk is also produced for transport weight savings and resistance to spoilage.



  1. ^ a b "Guidance for Industry: Juice Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Hazards and Controls Guidance, First Edition". US Food and Drug Administration. 20 September 2018. Archived from the original on 19 May 2023. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  2. ^ MccDowell, Louis G.; Moore, Edwin L.; Atkins, Cedric D. (November 9, 1948). "U.S. Patent 2,453,109: Method of Preparing Full-flavored Fruit Juice Concentrates" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 23, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Minute Maid Concentrated Orange Juice Can". National Museum of American History. Archived from the original on 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  4. ^ "CREC History". Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-18.