Soft drinks, juices and smoothies have become more and more popular over the last 5 years, predominantly for their health benefits. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals and an easy way of upping fruit and vegetable intake.

Therefore, with operators looking to develop their own signature drinks which command premium prices, it is important they are specified with the most suitable, high quality equipment which can ensure this is a swift process.

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One supplier which is playing a leading role in this market is Jestic Foodservice Equipment. It exclusively distributes Vitamix blenders and Zumex juicers in the UK and has recently introduced a number of new appliances.

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For instance, Vitamix’s ‘The Quiet One’ is a new powerful blender which features the latest magnetically-secured sound cover and vibration dampening technology, said to make the unit up to four times quieter than competitors.

The blender, currently Jestic’s most popular beverage-maker, also includes a variable speed selector and 34 personalised programmes.

The Zumex brand’s latest additions are the Multi Fruit and the Soul. The Multi Fruit uses centrifugal force and a filtering system to obtain pulp-free juice.

The Soul is designed to offers the same consistency and juicing ability but in a small footprint. Featuring single push button operation and the latest conical system, it is capable of producing a 25cl portion in 15 seconds.

Jestic’s product director, Michael Eyre, advised dealers: “As with all catering equipment specification, the advice is simple: don’t just go for the cheapest in order to save money.