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Beverages: Steps to Manufacture Carbonated Beverages


Step 1. Water treatment

Water is treated by use of carbon filter towers, reverse osmosis units and ultra violet rays to decontaminate and purify the standard municipal tap water.



Step 2. Manufacture Syrup

Syrup is the combination of concentrated sweetener and flavor concentrates. The most common concentrated sweetener is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS = 55% fructose & 45% glucose) which has been used for cost advantages since the mid 1980’s. Sucrose table sugar or refined sugar is considered a natural sugar product (50% fructose & 50% glucose) so Jones Soda began using this product in their soda after consumers asked for the change back to a more natural product. HFCS has been linked to the obesity crisis in the USA.


Step 3. Filling & Mixing the Water & Syrup

The Filling Station is where the flavored syrup (mixed with other ingredients) is pumped by a synchrometer (metering device). Treated & deaerated water is simultaneously pumped to the synnchrometer, where water and syrup are metered in at a 5 to 1 ratio fixed proportion by the carbonator (C02).

The carbonated beverage then is line bottled or canned under C02 atmosphere at 35 degrees F to maintain pressure and sanitation. A higher temperature will cause the beverage to go flat. Commercial operations use larger volumes of syrup, water and carbon dioxide gas in cylinders to make their products. The syrups are brought in to the store location in large containers. The store has a machine that mixes the water & syrup and adds carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbonate the drinks.