In the early 70’s, an effort began to develop an automated test for Brix and Acid in citrus juices. The W.B. Dickey Company, Toledo Scale Company, the Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Divisions of the Winter Haven office of the Florida Department of Agriculture, and the Citrus Research Station of Lake Alfred worked over a five year period before the first fully automated system was ready. In 1977, five of these systems were placed in State Test Labs where for the most part, the performed as predicted. In the ensuing years additional systems have been purchased, improvements in the testing process made, and additional functions added.

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