Oregon Fruit Products Launches Quarterly Limited Releases

Fruit beers continue to grow in popularity. For years, Oregon Fruit Products has been a leading supplier of aseptically packaged fruit purees for the brewing industry. Yesterday, OFP introduced a new quarterly limited release program that introduces a new fruit for each season:

  • Spring 2016 (available May 11th) – Mango
  • Summer 2016 – Pineapple
  • Fall 2016 – Passion Fruit
  • Winter 2016-2017 – Rhubarb

I had the chance to visit OFP last summer during blueberry season. Check out this post to see I short video of the harvest and canning process.

These fruit purees are quite versatile and can also be used in ciders. Oregon Fruit Products is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Fruit Cider Challenge at the 6th Annual Cider Summit PDX. As part of the event, cidermakers will create limited release ciders using OFP’s puree. Festival attendees will sample and vote on their favorites.

For more information about OFP's Fruit for Brewing Purees, check out the news release below. I expect we'll be seeing a wave of mango beers in the near future!!

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Oregon Fruit Products Launches Limited-Release Program for Fruit for Brewing Purees
2016 Flavors Include Mango, Pineapple, Passion Fruit, and Rhubarb

May 3, 2016 – SALEM, Ore. – For the rest of 2016 and into 2017, Oregon Fruit Products LLC will release a new limited-edition Fruit for Brewing puree each quarter, ranging from sweet tropical fruits to tart rhubarb.  Such offerings are intended to provide craft brewers with the ingredients needed to create their own specialty-release fruit-infused beers, ciders and sour beers, a trend that continues to show growth within the craft beer industry.

“We continually hear from our craft brewing customers that they want new flavors on a frequent and rotating basis so that they may put their ingenuity to the test with new seasonal beers, ciders, and meads,”says Chris Sarles, CEO of Oregon Fruit Products.  “With 14 mainstay flavors and four new rotating flavors, we can be a one-stop shop for breweries around the Country of all sizes.”

Using fresh or frozen fruit in the brewing process is labor-intensive, costly, and can lead to unpredictable results or worse yet, introduce unwanted yeast strains into the brew.  Oregon Fruit Products’ Fruit for Brewing purees are aseptic, meaning they are flash-heated at ultra-high temperatures for a very short time to minimize microbes in the fruit puree.  The product is cooled quickly to maintain the best fresh fruit flavor and color. This process delivers a consistent year round flavor profile brewers can count on.  The entire process is closed, with the package filled and capped in a sealed environment, without letting any contamination enter the system.  The majority of Oregon Specialty Fruit purees have a shelf life of 18 months in ambient temperature. 

Oregon Fruit tentatively plans the release of the new items as follows:

  • Spring 2016 (available May 11th) – mango
  • Summer 2016 – pineapple
  • Fall 2016 – passion fruit
  • Winter 2016-2017 – rhubarb

Release dates will be updated throughout the year on the company’s brewing website: www.fruitforbrewing.com.

Fruit for Brewing  purees are available in 42 lb. bag-in-box, 425 lb (55 gallon) drums, and 2,300-lb. totes.  The product is certified Kosher, made in the U.S.A., non-GMO, gluten-free and vegetarian.  Oregon Fruit Products does not use, nor does it allow, any of the eight major allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat) in the products or processing areas.

Oregon Fruit Products LLC
Founded in 1935, Oregon Fruit Products offers a complete line of canned, frozen and shelf-stable premium fruit for consumers, foodservice operators and ingredient sales.  The company is located in Salem, Oregon and can be found on the web at www.oregonfruit.com and www.fruitforbrewing.com.


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