Sourcing Natural Juice with no added sugar from a trusted fruit juice supplier. These days drinks manufacturers understand the importance of working with a commercial fruit juice supplier that can supply them with a consistent source of natural, no-added-sugar, juice ingredients for their drink products.
The tide is turning in the soft drinks sector as consumers are increasingly moving away from hi-sugar, fruit flavoured drinks in favour of more natural alternatives using fruit juice with no added sugar or artificial flavourings, preservatives and colouring.
For a long time now, restaurants have been offering healthier food and drink options for their more health-conscious diners, providing healthy side salads and fruit-based desserts instead of chips and stodgy puddings.
They are offering more fruit juices drink options instead of sugar-laden fizzy drinks with their children's menus, as well as fruit smoothies to help kids get their 'five-a-day'.
Smoothies and juicing for health
Over the past few years, a growing trend for drinking smoothies and juicing fruit and vegetables at home has taken the health world by storm.
The rise in demand from consumers for a healthy and convenient on-the-go source of nutrition has led to drinks manufacturers creating a whole new range of natural, fruit-based drinks that will appeal to adults with little time to spend shopping for fresh ingredients and making smoothies or juicing fresh drinks every morning.
Creating drinks for the more discerning customer
While the idea of being able to simply shop for a ready-made fresh-fruit smoothie or juice drink is very appealing, especially for time-strapped adults and busy parents, when customers take a closer look at some of the drinks on offer, they will find a juice drink that is made with commercial fruit juice or concentrates that are not as healthy as they first think.
Many commercial drinks manufacturers will use fruit juice blends with added sugars, sweeteners and artificial colourings. However, these days of savvy health-conscious consumers, these ingredients can be off-putting because the customer will see their health being compromised and see no benefit in drinking them.
The high sugar, high-fructose and artificial ingredient content of ready-made drinks can make them unhealthy and can increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease.
When less is more
However, when you source your supplies through a trusted fruit juice supplier such as JC Dudley, you can buy a consistent, high-quality source of fruit juice that can make the base of your drink without any added sugar, artificial sweeteners or colourings.
Our modern techniques can deliver you with a shelf-stable range of fruit-based products that are ideal for producing smoothies or fruit-juice drinks for the more discerning consumer that are looking for minimal ingredients in their healthy drinks.
JC Dudley also produces a high-quality range of fruit-based ingredients suitable for cocktails, healthy fruit desserts and other food and drink items.
High-quality ingredients, ethically sourced
Made from 100% naturally grown fruit, our fruit juice concentrates and bases contain no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. We source directly from our chain of growers, helping to support their business ethically and sustainably to ensure they thrive and grow.
Our unique processing techniques mean that we can supply fruit-based ingredients that deliver maximum nutritional value full of vitamins, antioxidants, electrolytes and minerals.
JC Dudley is a family business that specialises in supplying food and drink manufacturers with a wide variety of cost-effective, healthy, natural ingredients that would be difficult, if not impossible, to source elsewhere.
You can find out more about us, or contact our friendly team to discuss your fruit juice supply needs. We are here to help!
When you are in the food and drink business, trends are always something to watch out for. They are expert predictions about what is to come and can help you plan new products, offers and seasonal specials. So what are the experts saying about drinks trends for 2019?
Gut health boosts
As consumers become more aware of the connection between what they eat and drink and how their body works, drinks with clear benefits are gaining popularity. One example is those that boost gut health. Kombucha, kefir and other fermented drinks have already established themselves alongside yoghurt drinks with ‘good bacteria’ – prebiotics and probiotics are going to be important for some areas of the drinks market.
Old and new fruit flavours
While there is always a thirst for something new, there’s strong evidence that the traditional fruit flavours will remain popular next year. So that means your orange juice, lemonade and citrus flavoured drinks are all going to be popular and you can also add things like blood orange, yuzu, different types of lime and Meyer lemon to your range.
Maybe it is all the hype about the dangers of sugar or that people are simply looking for something different but sour drinks are one of the top predictions for trends in 2019. One example of this is kombucha which is a fermented drink with a tangy taste and a lot of health benefits that was one of the growing trends in 2018 and continues into next year. Classic fruit flavours such as apple and pear as well as sour cherry can also do well under this trend.
Mocktails and low alcohol drinks
More people than ever are opting for alcohol-free or low alcohol options and that’s one that drinks suppliers can really embrace. For example, if you work with a juice supplier to provide a range of juice flavours and sodas as bases for these drinks, you could definitely be onto something. One report said that 67% of consumers in the US were more likely to drink something like this than a 100% fruit juice - and what happens in the US often happens over here.
When companies like Pepsi create a new product in an area, there’s a good chance there’s a lot of demand for it. Their new product ‘Bubly’ is a sparkling water in eight flavours that has no sweeteners or calories. This satisfies the urge for something bubbly but also helps to keep down sugar levels. Creating flavoured sparkling water, therefore, looks like an interesting option for 2019. Look for both traditional flavours and new twists that will catch the eye.
Alongside sparkling, the other water trend is known as functional water. This just means that there’s something in the water that brings a benefit aside from just simple hydration. Including vitamins, minerals, herbs and fruit juice concentrate are all examples, many of which are familiar. Others are more complex such as increasing the hydrogen content in the water to counter inflammation or adding spices, oils or other flavourings to combat specific health issues or wellness topics.
Cold brew and iced coffee
Cold brew and iced coffee drinks are no longer just limited to the warmer months. With many cafes and coffee shops not stocking the equipment to make these drinks, retailers offering ready to go options or products to make up at home can definitely satisfy the consumer’s urge. From straight black iced coffee to drinks with flavours like vanilla or even added nitrogen for a creamy texture there are plenty of ideas out there and room to develop something a little different within this trend.
If you want to discuss your new drink product or drinks ranges with us, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team. We would love to help you get your new product ideas off the ground.