What brands does Country Pure Foods manufacture?

We manufacture 100% fruit juice, fruit juice cocktails/drinks and water cups. The brand names include:

How do SideKicks Credit towards a School reimbursable lunch program?

SideKicks flavors SourCherry-Lemon, Kiwi-Strawberry, BlueRaspberry-Lemon, and Strawberry-Mango are 100% fruit and credit as a half-cup fruit in a reimbursable lunch. SideKicks flavor Cherry Smooth ‘n Good is 100% vegetable and fruit juice and credits as an “Additional” vegetable. SideKicks flavor Sunbelievable is 100% vegetable juice and credits as a Red/Orange vegetable. All SideKicks contain no added sugar and qualifies for Smart Snacks.

Can SideKicks be sold à la carte under the USDA’s Smart Snacks rule?

Yes Smooth-Frozen SideKicks meet the requirements of the Smart Snacks rule for all grade levels

● SideKicks’ first ingredient is 100% juice.

● They have 0g fat- no saturated fat, no trans fat, or any fat at all.

● Per serving they have 15% total sugar by weight, 35mg sodium, and are 110 calories or less. (SideKicks have no added sugar or sweetener of any kind. Total sugar is the naturally occurring sugar of the fruit juice.)

Do Smooth-Frozen SideKicks contain any red dyes or other dyes for color?

●There are no red dyes in any of the flavors.
● The SourCherry-Lemon and Strawberry-Mango flavors have no artificial colors at all.
● The BlueRaspberry-Lemon and Kiwi-Strawberry have FDA-approved blue and yellow dyes.

We are working hard to eliminate dyes wherever we can.

 

How do I read the code on the products?

The coding format used is determined by the product and package type. Our refrigerated portion juice is coded with a “best by” date (i.e. DEC 31 2009 E). This date represents the date that the product should be consumed by. The alpha or numeric character following the date represents the manufacturing plant location and stock information. Our frozen portion juice uses a Julian Code (N3659A1). A Julian code is used on frozen products because we do not know the date the product is thawed by the customer; this date code will inform the customer of the date the product was manufactured. See below click here to learn how to read a Julian Code.

Example production code: Apple D 2767 17:51

1.) Apple Juice

2.) Plant designation

  • D = DeLand, FL
  • E = Ellington, CT
  • N = Akron, OH
  • H = Houston, TX

3.) 276 = Julian date, October 3rd

4.) 7 = Year (last digit), 2017

5.) 17:51 = Military time, 5:51 PM

 

What is the difference between juice and a juice cocktail?

A “juice” must be 100% pure juice with no added sugars. Some juices may be fortified with Vitamin A, C, E or Calcium and some may contain pulp.

A “juice cocktail” is any juice that is less than 100% juice and may contain added sugars or flavors.

Is my juice pasteurized?

Yes, all Country Pure Food juices are pasteurized.

What is the shelf life of juice produced by Country Pure Foods?

Refrigerated portion juices are available in a variety of sizes and are delivered to the customer with a minimum of 40 days of shelf life. Each unit is coded with a “best by” date. Refrigerated juices must be stored between 34°F and 38°F.

Frozen portion juices and frozen juice concentrates have a shelf life of:

  • One year from the pack date when stored frozen (5°F or lower).
  • 14 days when stored refrigerated (34°F and 38°F)
  • Concentrates should be thawed overnight under refrigerated conditions; most will pour under semi-frozen conditions
  • Reconstituted juices should be used within 48 hours of adding water

Where can I find the pallet configurations?

Click here to download our pallet configuration sheet.

Where can I buy your products?

Currently, all our products are sold through commercial food service distributors.

Click here to find your closest Smooth-Frozen SideKicks or SideKicks Celebrations distributor.

If you are interested in buying any of our other products you can contact your local commercial food service distributor to see if they have a cash and carry program open to the public.

Are the products I purchase Kosher approved?

Yes. All of our products, with the exception of grape juice, grape drink, 100% fruit juice blend, guava nectar, and strawberry-banana nectar, are certified kosher under the Orthodox supervision of the Rabbinical Council of New England. We undergo re-certification on a yearly basis. Look for the KVH emblem on our products.

What is the shelf life of juice produced by Country Pure Foods?

Dated Portion Cup Fruit Juices are available in 4 oz. and 6 oz. and are delivered to the customer with a minimum of 35 days of shelf life. Each unit is coded on the lid with a “Best By” date code. Fruit juices must be stored refrigerated (34°F to 38°F).

Frozen Fruit Juice Concentrates have a shelf life of:

  • One year from the pack date when stored frozen (5°F or lower)
  • 14 days when stored refrigerated (34°F to 38°F)
  • Concentrates should be thawed overnight under refrigerated conditions; most will pour under semi-frozen conditions
  • Reconstituted juice should be used within 48 hours of adding water
  • The manufacture date is printed on the shipper box and carton top
  • The manufacture date is the Julian date plus the last digit of the year (i.e. 3659 is December 31, 2009)
Ardmore Farms® Select Grove® Aseptic Ready-To-Drink Juices and Juice Concentrates are coded with a “Best By” date and are delivered to the customer with 60 days of shelf life.
Ardmore Farms® Select Grove® Fruit Juices are coded with a “Best By” date and are delivered to the customer with 35 days of shelf life.
Natural Country® Fruit Juices and Nectars are coded with a “Best By” date and are delivered to the customer with 45 days of shelf life.
Country Pure Foods’ guaranteed shelf life is based on the arrival of the product at our customer’s storage facility.  We make every attempt to ship with more than the guaranteed amount of shelf life.

Are Country Pure Foods' products gluten free?

Yes. Our products are gluten free.

Who do I call if I have a comment or question or require additional information?

You can contact our Customer Service Department by phone at 1-877-99JUICE or by email at info@juice4U.com or in writing at our corporate headquarters:

222 S. Main St, Suite 401, Akron, OH 44308