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Cider jugs

Posted by Kevin Frank 
Cider jugs
September 23, 2017 09:34AM
Does anyone know of a good source for gallon cider jugs in NH, or ME or VT or MA?
Re: Cider jugs
September 24, 2017 05:18PM
Our best bet back in the days of the leased cider mil was to tag onto a farm dairy order. Hatchland Dairy in North Haverhill may be a good bet.

Let me take this to yet another level. I intend to give each member of my cider club several "returnable" glass gallons. Or maybe half-gallons. Anyone else doing this? What's your source? A pallet of how many jugs costs what?

The same might be asked on Kevin's behalf: What are people paying for plastic jugs?

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire
Re: Cider jugs
September 25, 2017 11:02AM
This spring was my inaugural year as a maple syrup producer, and I packaged 100% in glass. I bought a pallet of litre and a pallet of half litre jugs. Each pallet contained enough containers to store approximately 100 gallons of product. They were purchased through CDL maple products, a Canadian company with a corporate outpost and warehouse in St. Albans, Vermont. Including trucking they were both around $1000.00 US. Both included caps.

On page 92 of their 2017 catalog, available on thier website, they list 1 gallon capacity Gallone Jugs, the form factor, as being $3.74 each and they come in a 4pk carton. I called them, and a pallet contains just over 200 jugs and the price per unit drops below $3 each. I have been interested in packaging large, but have yet to perceive a demand to buy a full pallet. I might be convinced to do so if I were able to split the order. That would of course entail other interested parties coming to the hill to pick up their share….

Lakes Region NH @ 1200' or so

393 planted towards a 440 goal mixed apple, pear, plum and apricot...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/25/2017 11:08AM by Chris Vlitas.
Re: Cider jugs
October 04, 2017 12:43PM
Hi Folks,

This may be too far away, but I know that several growers out this way have used the Cary Company in Addison, Illinois for their bulk glass 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon glass jug orders.


Bonus . . . the Cary Company sells all sorts of containers, from plastic juice jugs to stainless steel 55 gallon drums and more. Might be good to be acquainted with them regardless.

Gopher Hill Apples
Zone 8 in California
Re: Cider jugs
November 27, 2017 11:52PM
Very Helpful link Paul, Thank you! We freeze 20-40 gallons of juice for our own use all winter from apples we don't sell and needed a source of containers.

Vista Ridge Orchard
Zone 8a in Washington
235 Cider and heritage apple trees, 72 varieties,
Re: Cider jugs
January 12, 2018 08:54PM
I worked at a cider mill this last season and I was informed that the jugs were ~15 cents a piece from Rockford Packaging Supply Inc. We used gallons and half gallons from them on a refurbished milk bottler. We also received custom labels from them. Sometimes the labels came on the bottles, sometimes we had to place them ourselves.


In the highest point of the season we were doing 1000-1600 gallons a week. I do not know how accurate this information was or whether the labels or shipping were included in this cost. However, my home is a stones throw away from Rockford Packaging Supply so I expect delivery was a nominal fee.

Their website now has online ordering and it appears jugs are $47.52 for a case of 48 gallons. That would be $0.99 a jug. $42.72 ($0.89/jug) if you order 9 cases. They regularly run discounts. I see a 10% discount if you order by Feb 16, or a 5% by May 25 at the moment. This might bring the price down to $0.80 a jug if you buy bulk and early.

The highest discount I see is at 10+ cases for $33.12 ($0.69/jug) if you order 10 or more cases (480+ gallon jugs). With the 10% discount you're still looking at $0.62/jug. Not the ~15 cents I was told but perhaps they received further discounts because we order a large quantity of gallons, half gallons, jug labels, bag stickers, bags and more.

Hopefully this information helps a little.

Zone 5b in Michigan
Re: Cider jugs
January 25, 2018 03:00PM
We use glass half gallon jugs as much as we can (to those willing to pay the deposit). The last purchase was Cary, which is currently 3.10 a bottle (moonshine style jug), including shipping. This is for a pallet of 162, a little cheaper for a larger order. When someone breaks a bottle (usually me), or someone keeps one (plan on it, they are pretty cool), we loose a little money since our deposit is 3 bucks. The lids are often pricier than plastic jug lids. Glass is reusable, but you do have to add your labor cost into this. It is, in my opinion the best thing a local producer can do. Proportionally less environmental footprint, better flavor, healthier, and it looks VERY classy. Very few people use them around here, I imagine because of inconvenience. Josh uses them too Michael.

Rockford are plastic jugs I believe.

Walden Heights Nursery & Orchard
Zone 3 in Vermont
Re: Cider jugs
March 08, 2018 12:17AM
We press around 100 gal. Of cider a year. We buy our 1 gallon plastic jugs from our local supermarket. They stock them for their in store water purifier sales. Their empty jug price is .49 cents! I just talked to their store manager and he's willing to special order them by the case. Best price I've found.

Zone 3b-4a? In North Dakota
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