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the types of juice concentrate in the food and beverage industry

Simply put, juice concentrate is made by extracting water from fruits. Depending on the type of fruit, juice concentrates may feature a host of essential vitamins and minerals. It is commonplace for commercial kitchens to use concentrates in the preparation of beverages, hot meals, and desserts. In addition, the convenience and speed of preparing juice concentrate make them a staple in restaurants, bars, cafes, and dessert shops.

Juice concentrate is growing in popularity due to its many other appealing features besides convenience. The extraction process can remove up to 90% of the water from fruits resulting in a syrupy texture known as the concentrate. Apart from the superb flavour, juice concentrate is less likely to suffer from bacterial growth and has a longer shelf life. Moreover, their affordability, convenient packaging, and easy storage make juice concentrate an incredibly beneficial ingredient in most restaurant kitchens, bars, and cafes.

100% juice concentrate

While most restaurants prefer fresh ingredients, obtaining them can be impossible, especially if they are out of season. Stocking up on juice concentrates of seasonal fruits is an excellent way of feeding the demand for certain dishes while waiting for fresh batches to arrive. At certain times of the year, a select number of fruits may be low in supply. Peach and pomegranate juice concentrate, for instance, address the need of restaurant owners who are still looking for suppliers of fresh fruits or waiting for their harvest season.

100% juice concentrates must not contain additives; hence it is crucial for restaurant operators to check the ingredient list before committing to a wholesale purchase.

Concentrated fruit cocktail or punch

There are also instances when commercial kitchens require concentrated fruit cocktails made from a blend of two or more extracted fruit blends. A concentrated fruit cocktail is typically used in baking treats and mixing drinks at bars. It is wise to check the ingredients before obtaining a large order for your food establishment. Ideally, you need to choose a concentrated fruit cocktail with low sugar and other sweeteners. 

Powdered juice concentrate

Powdered juice concentrate takes convenience to the next level. This variant contains highly concentrated fruit that is spray and freeze-dried, leading to its powder form. Powdered juice concentrate is perfect for dining establishments with limited space. It can be stored with the rest of the dry goods in the pantry instead of packaged in bulky containers and stored in the refrigerator.

Bottom line

Juice concentrates offer the same rich flavour as the fruits they were extracted from. Moreover, they can be very beneficial in various applications such as cooking hot meals, baking, and beverage preparation. Restaurants looking to cut costs and save space without compromising the flavour quality of the food they serve typically use juice concentrate. Since juice concentrates have a longer shelf life, restaurant owners can purchase for long-term supply resulting in tremendous savings over time. Juice concentrates are also crucial in the operations of restaurants in remote places or food establishments that have limited access to fresh fruits.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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