Are you starting a juice business or want to start prov […]
Are you starting a juice business or want to start providing take-out juice at your foodservice agency? When selling juice, you need to prioritize how to bottle the beverage. Although you may have the freshest ingredients and the best recipes, if the juice is not stored properly, it will affect its flavor and nutrition. In this in-depth article, we provide you with all the information on how to bottle juice for sale to maintain the quality and freshness of the drink.
Why use Small Plastic Juice Bottles for beverages?
You may have noticed that more and more juice companies are beginning to pack fresh juice into bottles instead of traditional cups. Packing the juice in a bottle immediately after it is ready can extend the shelf life of the juice and also provide some other benefits for your business and customers.
Allows you to prepare drinks in advance
Juice bottles allow your business to prepare drinks before opening a food service agency. You can prepare large quantities of juice and store it safely to maintain its freshness. This eliminates the hassle of constantly preparing juice and cleaning equipment throughout the day.
Provide a convenient way to sell ready-to-use beverages
Because customers feel uncomfortable or rushed while dining, takeaway services have recently surged. Bottled fresh juice ensures that guests can quickly get in and out of your premises with what they need. They can simply take out the juice from the refrigerator cabinet, pay the fee, and then enjoy the drink anytime, anywhere. As your ready-to-use service runs smoothly, you may gain a loyal customer base.
Let customers enjoy juice anytime
When customers request fresh juice, put it in a juice bottle for them to enjoy at any time. For example, they can drink some drinks while dining in your restaurant and then enjoy the remaining drinks on the road. Customers can also safely seal their drinks after each drink, thus avoiding accidental spillage of refreshments while traveling.
How to choose the right juice bottle
You may have perfected the recipe for your signature juice series, and now is the time to perfect your juice packaging. When bottling juice, you must maintain the freshness and flavor while keeping your customers in mind. Here are some tips to follow to ensure you find the right juice bottle for your business.
Find the material that suits your needs
Glass and plastic juice bottles are the most popular choices on the market. Glass bottles have been a popular choice for many years because of their transparent surface and high-end appearance, and they provide convenience for juice. They also allow you to pack dine-in beverage orders and can be simply cleaned for reuse. However, if handled carelessly, glass juice bottles can easily break and are not cost-effective for takeaway orders.
Many business owners buy plastic juice bottles that do not contain PET or BPA because they have more uses. These beverage bottles can be used to serve dine-in customers, display ready-to-use juices, or pack takeaway orders. Although plastic juice bottles may not provide customers with the high-end feel of glass bottles, they are shatter-resistant, eliminating the worry of glass breaking.
Use tamper-proof bottles
The tamper-proof juice bottle assures customers that the juice they buy is securely sealed and can be enjoyed safely. For example, most tamper-proof plastic bottles have a small plastic ring that connects to the lid when sealed. When you unscrew the bottle cap, you will hear a click and the plastic ring remains on the bottle mouth. Once the bottle is opened, the ring cannot be reattached to the cap so that customers can know when they have been tampered with.
Whether you use glass or plastic bottles for packaging juice, they can bring various benefits to your customers and businesses. The following is a list of the benefits of using tamper-proof juice bottles over traditional bottles:
Build trust: The tamper-proof bottle proves to the customer that the bottle has not been opened and your business is providing them with a hygienic drinking experience. These bottles ensure the safety of customers and allow you to quickly earn their trust and loyalty.
Prevent leakage: Since these juice bottles are securely sealed, they help prevent beverages from spilling or leaking during transportation.
Maintain the freshness of the juice: The tamper-proof bottle forms an airtight seal to prevent oxygen from entering the bottle and keep the juice fresh for a longer time.
How to store fresh juice
Filling the juice into the bottle is a simple task. However, if the juice is packaged and not stored properly, the beverage you prepare will lose its bright color, and you can easily confuse the beverage order. When storing fresh juice, these steps must be followed to maintain its nutrition and improve order accuracy.
1. Seal the bottled juice immediately
After preparing the juices, they must be bottled immediately. Exposing your beverages to oxygen will cause them to oxidize rapidly.
When processing and packaging beverages, please fill the bottle before closing it. This reduces the amount of air trapped in the bottle when the bottle is sealed. Ensuring that there is no air circulation will extend the shelf life of the juice.
2. Clearly label juice
Label each bottle before putting it in a commercial refrigerator or freezer. Labeled bottles allow customers to quickly identify the beverage they want from the beverage display rack and keep the refrigerator organized to help improve order accuracy.
When labeling juice bottles, it is important to use waterproof labels. These labels can withstand condensation, ensuring that the logo, design, and text remain legible. They also help prevent smudging or peeling of labels and give your juice brand a cohesive appearance.
3. Store juice in the refrigerator
A glass of fresh juice is likely to hold its vitamins and minerals for up to 4 hours at room temperature. In order to extend the shelf life of the juice, the juice must be transferred to a tamper-proof bottle and stored in the refrigerator. Keeping the juice cold will help maintain freshness and slow down decomposition.
"How long can you drink fresh juice?" Many business owners ask themselves a question after storing the juice in a commercial refrigerator or freezer cabinet. The answer depends on the type of juicer you use to prepare the beverage. Each type of juicer extracts juice in a certain way, which affects its shelf life:
Centrifugal juicers generate a lot of heat during the extraction process, which leads to faster oxidation and nutrient degradation in the juice. When you immediately store it in a commercial refrigerator, this process allows your juice to have a shelf life of up to 24 hours.
Chewing juicers process juices slower than centrifugal juices because they do not generate as much heat during the extraction process. This allows the juice extracted from the chewing juicer to maintain its freshness and vitamins for up to 72 hours when properly stored.
It's time to start selling juice!
Now that you understand how to store fresh juice and preserve its nutrients, it's time to start offering bottled beverages in your food service. Remember to buy glass or plastic tamper-proof bottles and fill them with your signature juice. Of course, don't forget to label them so that customers and employees can quickly distinguish the difference between each bottled beverage.