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By definition is a fruit derivative made from crushing the whole fruit, but nowadays made from dismantling the fruit and adding the components back together in proportion to their presence in the whole fruit. Comminutes therefore contain juice, pith, peel and essential oil to produce a characteristic fresh, peely flavoured drink with high natural stability at very low raw material dosage.

The origin of fruit comminution is uncertain but it is said that the O.R. Groves company in California were one of the first companies to offer a drink to the public, made from crushed oranges, water and sugar in the 1950s.

The process was then purchased by Lyons Soft Drinks, who modified the process at their Greenford factory in London and later passed the processing to various juice processors in the Mediterranean.