Soft Drinks

Our process filtration solutions for liquid, steam and sterile air are used throughout the manufacturing of non-alcoholic beverages such as juice, water, and soda.

Filtration reduces the risk of contamination throughout the manufacturing process. It is used to remove all types of contamination from the final product or its ingredients. Sterile air may be used to blow bottles or vent a storage tank, and steam should be used to sterilize filter elements and equipment.

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Filtration Applications Brochure >>

Products for Soft Drinks


Compressed Air & Gas

Our filter elements and housings for compressed air and gas are engineered to provide lower pressure drop, longer filter life, quick and easy element change-outs and more predictable maintenance.

Condensate Management

Minimize harmful condensate build-up from compressed air processes with our condensate management systems.

Filter Housings

Donaldson filter housings are used to purify air and technical gases. We offer both non-sanitary and sanitary 3-A filter housings, both T-type and in-line as well as high pressure housings.

Filter Elements

From stainless steel mesh prefilters to sterile membrane final filters, our high-quality filter elements will help you optimize your process.



From utility water used during manufacturing processes to sterile ingredient water, Donaldson's range of liquid filtration solutions will help preserve the integrity of your product.

Filter Housings

We offer a broad range of filter housings from high quality polypropylene to stainless steel for purification of liquids in the food, beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, coatings and other process industries.

Filter Elements

Protect product integrity and enhance product performance with our cartridge filter elements for liquid process filtration.



Our high-quality stainless steel filter housings and elements provide excellent filtration and purification of steam necessary for culinary steam and clean steam applications.

Filter Housings

Our high-quality stainless steel filter housings are designed for the purification of industrial steam.

Filter Elements

We provide high performing steam filter elements to protect equipment and processes that rely on that steam for efficient, clean and/or sterile operation.

  • Boiler feed and makeup water filtration
  • Tank ventilation
  • CO2 filtration
  • Steam sterilization
  • Water filtration up to process water
  • Filtration of ingredients and base compounds

Filtration in Soft Drink (Non-Alcoholic Beverage) Processing

In addition to a number of industry standards, the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2010 includes soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages in its regulated products. By 2018, processors are required to have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan or Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) plan in place, in place to protect consumers against food-borne illness.

While facilities vary, in general, filtration is recommended at the following stages of beverage processing:

  1. Incoming source water: Pre-filtration of municipal or spring water to remove sediment, particulates and larger microorganisms through a 25 micron filter; produces industrial water suitable for equipment and container cleaning.

  2. Intermediate processing: Depth filtration through a 10 micron filter to remove smaller particulates and impurities shed during resin or carbon activation steps; especially to preserve integrity of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

  3. Initial bacterial reduction: Sterile-grade filtration through a 5 to 1 micron filter to remove majority of microorganisms potentially present in the water or in containers.

  4. Final sterile filtration: Critical filtering through a 0.2 micron filter just prior to packaging; using a sterile-grade membrane filter to capture last surviving microorganisms.

  5. In storage: Tank vent filters on stored product in holding tanks; to prevent the ingression of airborne contaminants while equalizing tank pressure as volume changes.

Working with an experienced filtration partner can help you design a system that is both compliant and cost-effective.
These complimentary resources from Donaldson provide a head start:

Regulatory and Best Practice Overview: 
A summary of applicable filtration and sanitary design standards for liquids,
steam, and sterile air use in food and beverage processing.

Filtration Map for Non-Alcoholic Beverages:
A diagram illustrating common control points in non-alcoholic beverage 
processing, along with filtration solutions to consider at each point.

Filter Maintenance Schedule: 
A recommended filter replacement schedule for steam, compressed air, and
liquid filters in a process line, to optimize both safety and cost efficiency.

For assistance with a filtration plan designed for your specific facility, contact us now. 

Sterile Air - What It Is and Why It Matters

Read this technical article to see recommendations for filtering and sterilizing process air to prevent product contamination.

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Non-Alcoholic Beverage Filtration Applications

View a detailed process map and description of the nearly 10 critical control points common to non-alcoholic beverage processing, along with recommended filtration.

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