There is no denying that fresh fruit or vegetable juice is an incredibly healthy and popular product, but has juice always been this popular? Who was the first to come up with the idea of turning whole fruits and vegetables into something you can drink? Discover the rich and colorful history of how juice and smoothie cutting began with this list.
Much older than the trend
Some people think juicing is just another food fad, but the truth is that juicing has been a beneficial practice for thousands of years. The earliest record of humans utilizing fresh juice dates back to 150 BC. The Dead Sea Scrolls include writings from a tribe in Israel who mashed pomegranates and figs to obtain fruit juices. These people believe that pomegranate juice gives them strength in addition to other healing benefits. Modern science supports this idea, and today many people drink pomegranate juice for its high concentration of antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins C, E and K.
Walker and the oldest era machines
Mashing or grinding fruits and vegetables for their healing properties is an ancient practice, but the era as we know it began in the 1930s when Dr. Norman Walker invented the first juicing machine. This large and efficient Norwalk machine uses a hydraulic press to extract the juice. This machine made juice widely available and sparked more interest in fresh fruit and vegetable juice.
Juice machines evolved in the following decades. The 1950s saw the invention of chewing juicers, centrifugal juicers, and juicers for both home and commercial use.
Juicing became popular in the late 20th century
With juice machines becoming more and more available, the health benefits of juice are becoming more and more prevalent. Nutritionists and juice business owners alike are beginning to advocate fresh juice and all its benefits. California—which saw the invention of Norwalk—became a particularly popular spot for juice pioneers like Dave Otto, who opened the still popular Beverly Hills Juice Club in 1975. As local juice bars continued to grow, early juice bar chains like Jamba Juice started in the 1990s, which led to the emergence of juice bars in the national mainstream.
Juicernet and the modern juice industry
Juicernet is proud to be a part of the history of juices and how juice cutting began. We entered the juice business in 1982, and since then, we have provided customers with powerful and advanced juicer technology. From trendy local juice bars to vibrant supermarkets, from chain restaurants to coffee shops, we help all types of businesses provide fresh, nutritious juice to their customers.
Today, we are proud to offer a full line of era equipment. We have the industrial juice machines you need to create a great, refreshing and satisfying product with every glass, from classic citrus juice to nutrient-packed wheatgrass or sugarcane juice. Continue the time-honoured juice tradition of your own business with high-quality juice products from Juicernet.