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UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center

UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center

Processing & Packinghouse

The CREC Processing Pilot Plant contains most of the equipment necessary to perform studies related to citrus, beverage, and by-products processing. Included are the operations of fruit washing and sizing, state test extraction, juice extraction and finishing, centrifugation, evaporation, pasteurization and filtration. Research capabilities are available to support the studies of the scientists and for cooperative industry projects.

Fresh fruit pilot plant facilities are available for packing-line treatment, citrus processing, and other produce. Automated equipment has been incorporated into the packing-line to size and sort fresh fruit by color, density and blemish criteria. Multiple temperature-controlled rooms are available for experiments on fresh citrus and other commodities.

For more information about the pilot plant or to schedule use please contact the Pilot Plant Manager, Roy Sweeb (; 863-956-8869).

For more information about the fees associated with pilot plant use please see:


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Roy Sweeb
Pilot Plant Manager
Alexander Hernandez
Alex Hernandez
Pilot Plant Assistant