In our rushed lifestyles, most of us can do with a few more fruit portions in our daily diets. But carrying an apple around in, or taking the risk of forgetting that banana at the bottom of your laptop bag – it just isn’t worth it.
Or maybe your customers’ dilemmas pertain to a more adventurous lifestyle and your main concern right now is to ensure a portable healthy food source for the next adventure.
So what if we told you that your brand could provide the solution to both of these problems in the same product?
Yep, you read right. So let’s talk about freeze-dried fruit and why it’s the answer to so many lifestyles.
First things first: The nutritional value of freeze-dried fruits
This makes freeze-dried fruit one of the healthiest snacks and ingredients around. And it all starts with their nutrient density and the health benefits.
Freeze-dried fruit retains up to 90% of its original nutritional content, making them an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals. They also offer the same amount of fiber and bioactive nutrients like polyphenols and carotenoids as their fresh counterparts.
On top of all that, freeze-dried fruit is low in calories, making it the perfect option for people on low-calorie diets.
The advantages of freeze-dried fruit doesn’t stop at nutrient density, though.
Creating lasting quality: How freeze drying impacts shelf life
Probably the worst part of trying to include more fruit in your diet or in your product line is trying to keep fresh produce, well, fresh. But with freeze-dried fruit, that headache is a thing of the past.
Freeze-drying, which includes crystallization, sublimation, and secondary drying, removes 99% of the water content from the fruit. The lack of moisture prevents bacteria, yeast, and mold from forming, and prolongs the lifespan of the product.
And when packaged in airtight, moisture-proof packaging, it retains freshness and keeps out new bacteria, leading to a shelf life that, unopened, can reach 25 to 30 years. The best part? It doesn’t require refrigeration to stay fresh.
This long-lasting shelf life has made freeze-dried food products perfect for emergency caches and hikers who need rations that can retain and be relied upon in unforeseen circumstances that may limit their access to other food sources.
The lightweight and portable option: A perfect adventure snack
Beyond its extended shelf life, freeze-dried fruit products are also highly portable due to their lightweight nature.
Because the fruit doesn’t contain any of its moisture anymore, the remaining product is super lightweight and still offers long-distance travelers, like hikers or cyclists, all the nutrients they need to stay energized and healthy.
But the portability of freeze-dried fruit has a lot to do with its packaging as well.
While bulk options can often come in number 10 cans, freeze-dried fruit products commonly come in vacuum-sealable Mylar bags. These bags come in various sizes that allow for versatile packaging solutions that fit the needs of each brand’s customers.
So whether it’s a day packed with meetings, a weekend-long trail hoke, or the zombie apocalypse you’re creating rations for, freeze-dried fruit is the go-to you’re looking for.
Getting your freeze-dried on with Ingredient Brothers
Portable packaging, lightweight handling, and low-maintenance storage – it’s a wholesale importer’s dream come true.
And with Ingredient Brothers’ close relationships with private label manufacturers, we put brands in touch with the highest quality freeze-dried fruit on the market while exploring new packaging options and product possibilities along the way.
Our warehouses in New Jersey and Los Angeles further strengthen our ability to shorten the supply chain, putting you in touch with wholesale freeze-dried fruit orders in the most cost-effective and timely manner possible.
Because what are all those benefits worth if your products aren’t in the market before camping season … or before the zombies come?