Brand marketers want their new beverages to be "shelf stable," "all natural" and "made without chemical preservatives." Beverage developers hear these product requirements each time they embark on a new beverage development project. Beverages typically have been preserved with chemicals such as sodium, potassium or calcium salts of benzoates and sorbates, resulting in the beverage as benzoic acid or sorbic acid. The preservative effect of these chemicals relates to the pH of the product. ...

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