What is a juice concentrate?
Juice concentrate is simply fruit juice with some of the water removed. This allows for easier shipping and storage, and allows for the more convenient use of fruits that are not in season.
What are craft juice concentrate blends?
Our proprietary craft concentrate blends combine multiple juice concentrates with natural flavors to create the same flavor profile as a straight juice concentrate, but at a discounted price. The products are high acid foods prepared in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices under sanitary conditions, and they comply with the United States Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act and similar Federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
Can I buy the flavors I see at the grocery store in bulk?
No, the flavors that we sell at retail grocery are not the same as the juice concentrates we sell in bulk. If you need larger quantities of the juice blends we sell at retail, please contact your local store to see if they are able to order in cases of product for you. Use our Store Locator to see what's available near you. Old Orchard can make proprietary blends for commercial use, but note that the minimum order quantity is 4 drums.
What types of products can your juice concentrates be used in?
Our juice concentrates are used in products that are further processed. For example, many breweries and wineries use our products in fermented beverages (beer, wine, cider, mead) – either as a fermentable base or as a blended ingredient to add fruit flavor or sweetness. Our products have also been used in other food and beverage applications, such as smoothies, BBQ sauce and flavored jerky.
What do I need to know about using Bulk Concentrates?
These concentrates are packaged for use by the end-user in further processed juices, alcoholic beverages, jams, jellies and similar food or beverage products. Regardless of the method of preservation or any treatment applied by Old Orchard Brands, it is the responsibility of the purchaser to complete a HACCP or similar risk analysis and to ensure further processing for food safety and quality, including a thermal (or equivalent 5-log reduction) step to any 100% juice beverages made from our juice ingredients.
What is the dilution ratio? How much water is needed to reconstitute the juice concentrate?
The dilution ration is the amount of water needed to bring the concentrate back to a reconstituted or single strength juice. This will be different for the different concentrates we make. Our team of food scientists can help you with this formulation.
What does “Brix” mean?
Brix is the percentage by weight of sugar solids in a pure sucrose solution, where one degree brix is equal to 1% sucrose by weight. In fruit juice and similar products it is commonly used as a convenient term to express the percentage by weight of all soluble solids, which are primarily fermentable sugars, but also include acid, flavors, and small amounts of other substances.
In what size or format do you offer the juice concentrates?
Our juice concentrates and craft blends are available in either a 5 gallon pail or a 52 gallon drum. Orders of multiple drums or pails will be wrapped on a pallet for shipping.
How long are the juice concentrates good for?
Our juice concentrates are manufactured with a 6-month shelf-life. They should be stored at refrigerated temperature (36-40 degrees F) for safety and quality.
How do I place an order?
All orders must be placed through our Online Ordering system. You must have an account to access this page. Please note: only one account is allowed per business. If your business already has an existing account, please login using those credentials. You can change your name or email address within your online profile. If you have a Fan Club account that you need to convert to a Business account, please contact us.
What is the lead time for an order?
The minimum lead time is 10 business days. You will be able to request a pick-up day when you order through our online system. You must then contact our transportation department to schedule the pick-up from our facility in Sparta, MI. Pick-up may be made by somebody from your company or a third party courier (such as FedEx or UPS).
Can you deliver the juice concentrate to me?
No. All orders must be picked up from our facility in Sparta, Michigan. If you are not local, you may choose to work with a third-party carrier (such as FedEx or UPS) who can pick up from our facility and ship it to you. Regardless of pick-up method, all customers must coordinate pickup directly with Old Orchard's transportation department.
How can I estimate the shipping cost?
If you will be using a third party courier to pick up your order, you can get a shipping cost estimate from that company based on standard dimensions and weights of our products. For reference, a single pail of concentrate weighs 57lbs and the dimensions are 12" x 12" x 18". Drum orders and orders of multiple pails will be wrapped on a pallet. The drum weights do vary, but it is normally around 600lbs per drum, and standard dimensions for the shipment are 40" x 48" x 50". You can estimate shipping costs on the FedEx or UPS website. Once you place an order and contact our Transportation Department to arrange pickup, they can provide exact specs for your order.
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