Do you have questions about Azar Foodservice products? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about our products. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Then please contact us and we’ll help you out.
What is the shelf life of Azar nuts?
The shelf life of nuts depends upon several factors: the storage conditions, whether the package has been opened and the code date on the product. The following are general guidelines for Azar nut product shelf life of an unopened container:
- 3/2# mylar pouches: 8 months roasted, 12 months raw
- #10 and #5 tins: 24 months
- Bulk clear bags: 8 months roasted, 12 months raw
- Peanut butter tubs: 12 months
An opened container will typically last for 2 weeks, longer if refrigerated.
How can I tell how old the products are that I purchase?
Every product sold by Azar Foodservice has packaging with a label that has a code date stamped on the package. For nut products, the label is marked with four digits, as in “1369.”
- The first digit is the day of the week: 1 is Monday.
- The second and third digits are the weeks of the year: 36 is the 36th week of the year.
- The last digit is the year: 9 is 1999.
Thus 1369 is Monday, in the 36th week of the year 1999.
For candy products, date codes consist of five (5) numbers, for example, ‘1 156 1’
- The first number is the year packed: 1 is 2001.
- The second through fourth numbers represent the day of the year: 156th day of the year.
- The last number is the shift packed.
Thus 1 156 1 is the 156th day of the year 2001, or June 5th, 2001, 1st shift.
Where is Azar Foodservice’s candy manufactured?
Azar’s candy is manufactured in our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Juarez, Mexico. Our candy manufacturing plant—as well as our nut processing plant in El Paso, Texas—are SQF 2000 Level 3 certified.
What is the best way to buy Azar Foodservice products?
If you are an operator, the best way is to purchase through our extensive foodservice distribution network. Azar is aligned with some of the strongest distributors in the country. For more information, please contact either the Azar Regional Manager or Azar Broker in your area or contact us.
Nuts are high in fat. Aren’t consumers looking for low fat items on menus?
Studies show that nuts—though high in fat—contain mostly “good” fat. When used in typical portion sizes, they actually benefit health. Nuts are high in protein and vitamin E and do not contain cholesterol.
Why are some products labeled with a “Prop 65 Warning”?
The State of California requires items that are oil roasted or dry roasted be labeled with the following statement: Warning: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including acrylamide, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information to go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food