Citrus flavors play a significant role in the beverage industry. Citrus-based beverages and those containing citrus flavor components lead the flavor category for beverages today. The essential oils used in flavors are obtained during fruit juice processing. In order to process these essential oils for flavor applications, various separation technologies are used.

The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of various aspects of citrus flavor technology. It will give a brief review of factors that affect oil quality during processing operations. Basic distillation principles and factors affecting distillation are presented as well as flavor application, separation technology and alternative process technologies.

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