Turning excess fruit into maximized profits with our mobile juicing unit not only benefits the wallet but it also contributes to a healthy local food economy, saves produce from being wasted or going to the landfill and you can feel good that the packaging maximizes shelf life and carries a minimal carbon foot print.
Community Involvement in Local Food Economies
While there is an abundance of fresh beautiful fruit making it to grocery store shelves all over British Columbia and throughout Canada- back in the fields there is still an overwhelming amount of viable produce not making the marketable grade. Whether it’s size, shape or crop damage from unsavory weather conditions thousands of pounds of produce in the Okanagan is left in the fields or trucked to landfills every year.
Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables that are in excellent condition but don’t not make the markets standards is a lucrative solution for pulling in extra income from a product that would have otherwise gone to waste. Taking it one step further, instead of letting produce rot in the fields juicing helps promote healthy local food economies while enabling farmers to recoup cost from a lost crop and offer an additional high quality product to their customers.
Orchardists and backyard enthusiasts alike- a juicing event brings community together in a unique networking environment. To reduce food waste, preserve the years harvest and contribute to the community juicing is an excellent chance to visit with like minded enthusiasts from the neighborhood.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Bag-in-box (or BIB for short) packaging is BPA and nanotechnology free. Both the cardboard box and the bag are 100% recyclable. In an effort to reduce waste The Mobile Juice Factory encourages folks to reuse their 5L boxes at community juicing events to receive $1 off their next box of juice.
Even in production of the packaging according to Smurfit Kappa’s website 100% of our production waste is recycled and used for the production of textile products or taps. The board waste in the paper production process is also re-used. Furthermore, the convenient bag-in-box packaging is shipped to us flattened therefore taking up less space on transport trucks so reducing their carbon foot print in commute from factory to consumer.
Composting and a treat for farm animals
Mash is by product of our mobile press. Once the fruit, berries or vegetables have been washed, milled and pressed the bi-product is a fibrous material we call mash.
Mash compost is excellent for the garden- benefiting not only the plants but also insects, worms, soil micro-organisms and local bird populations. Produce mash helps to build the soil buy adding rich bio-matter to existing garden beds.
Not only is mash good for the garden but it is also a nice treat for farm animals. According to a Feed Values for Ruminants factsheet published by the Ontario government vegetable and fruit pulp provides a viable alternative source of fibre for ruminant farm animals. Furthermore culled vegetable and fruits provide an excellent alternative source of energy suppliers. When it comes down to it raw fruit and vegetable mash makes for a nutritious treat for local farm animals.
Choosing to juice excess fruits, berries and vegetables reduces wasted food and lost revenues, brings the community together, helps the soil, provides a healthy treat for farm animals and is environmentally friendly.