NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to New Haven, home of the ‘RIPE Craft Juice’ factory. We’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how the all-natural juice is made.
Owner, Michel Boissy started the juice company six years ago:
We get all of our fresh fruit, and buy directly from our growers. All of the fruit you see in this warehouse will be juiced and bottled within a day.
RIPE featured a wide assortment of juices:
We make citrus products, apple juice, pomegranate, and fresh cranberry. Right now we have about 15 approved growers. When our consumer gets the date code on a bottle, and they plug it in on our website, they know the apple variety we used, who grew it, and when it was harvested. It’s awesome – traceability. We need to know better in this country where our stuff is from.
The New Haven factory is massive – over 22,000 sq. ft. After the fruit is loaded into the factory, it’s sent into a citrus press, and we’re talking thousands of fruits per day. Then the product is transported through a belt press where the juices are extracted.
What you can see if fresh kale coming together under these two belts. You can see all of that fresh kale juice falling right down.
Then the fresh juice is shot through a hyperbaric chamber with pressure of being 37 miles beneath the ocean.
So what it does is also crush bacteria, instead of using heat. Because with heat, and the pasteurization, we also lose about 50% of the nutrition, color, flavor, and everything we love about fresh.
Log on to DrinkRipe.com to learn more about ‘RIPE Craft Juice,’ and where you can purchase it in Connecticut.
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