Beacon Commodities have been supplying the Gin industry and distilling trade with dried orange peel ribbons almost exclusively from the south of Spain.
Sourcing of both the sweet and bitter orange has seen an increase in demand in recent years of which the majority can be put down to the success of the Gin trade.
The harvest of bitter orange is on a much smaller scale mainly due to the smaller levels of demand and the major difference in flavour profile between the two. Please see our Newsletter,Issue 2for more information on the history of bitter orange used in the production of Gin.
Following the fruit harvest (for fresh fruit and juice), collectors are allowed to hand select any fruit that remains on the trees. These fruits are then individually hand-peeled with the ribbons left out to dry naturally in the Mediterranean sun. Harvest usually takes place once a year between January and April and is before the lemon peels.
Beacon Commodities have expanded the options available to distilleries producing Gin by sourcing both kibbled orange and lemon peels that come cut and offer a different flavour profile. Beacon Commodities has also been working with other countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Morocco to open up new supply chains of both orange and lemon peel.
Please contact or phone +44 1273 844264 for more details.