Here at Rocks Drinks we're proud to use real sugar to make our drinks. In our organic ranges, we use sugar cane and it is grown for us in South America. Our conventional Rocks Squashes are made using British sugar grown in the East Anglia region of the UK.
To us, sugar is a natural product that's been used for hundreds of years to sweeten food and drink. Sugar cane is a giant grass, grown from the earth towards the sunshine and its cultivation provides work for thousands of people worldwide.
Sugar often gets a bad press and, if some experts are to be believed, is to be avoided like the plague in the quest for a healthy lifestyle. We disagree.
When we made our first bottle of organic squash more than 30 years ago, we took a decision to avoid artificial sweeteners at all costs. Our commitment to organic ingredients informed this decision and still underpins our thinking. But this approach has also developed our understanding of artificial sweeteners and the role they play in the modern food and drink industries.
Use the Where to Buy tab on our website to check which companies stock different products from our range. This will not give you precise stores that stock Rocks Drinks as different outlets will stock different products. If you cannot find Rocks Squashes and Cordials in your local store, we recommend that you make contact with a senior member of the store staff and make a request. This can often help encourage a particular outlet to start selling our drinks.
Our Cordials and Squashes have a best before date printed on the label. The products may be safe to drink beyond this time but the flavour will gradually deteriorate. After opening, we recommend the products be refrigerated and consumed within around three weeks. Once opened, natural yeasts can get into the products and can lead to fermentation that will make the products unpalatable.
Our Rocks Cordials and Squashes are soft drinks and are not alcoholic.
Over recent years we have updated all of our Rocks labels to ensure they comply with current labelling legislation and are not misleading. The labels now say 'No artificial flavours, preservatives, colours and sweeteners'.
The only additive in our drinks is citric acid, used as an acidity regulator. It is derived from maize or sweet potatoes.
There is no legal definition to distinguish the two products. However, here at Rocks Drinks our view is that cordials tend to have more of an adult taste, while squashes are created to be enjoyed by all the family. Our cordials typically have a slightly higher sugar content than the squashes and very slightly higher fruit content.
A number of our Rocks squashes and cordials have the same flavour name, though they are technically different products made with different recipes.
ROCKS products are free from sulphites. Many soft drink manufacturers use sulphites as preservatives. Similar practices are used in wine production.
Where sulphites are present at levels above 10ppm (part/million), manufacturers must declare this on the label. However, we do not use sulphites of any kind, at any level.
We are aware of this problem but at present we are unable to resolve this matter as we are restricted by the bottles that can be used on our bottling machines. We are also limited by the bottles available to us due to the rationalisation of European glass manufacturers. This is an issue that will be carefully considered as we look at new machinery.
We suggest that our Rocks Organic Squash be served in small, well-diluted quantities to young children and as part of a meal. We also recommend serving it in a cup and not a bottle.
We use high quality natural organic ingredients and do not use any artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours or flavours. Organic products reduce consumer exposure to unnecessary pesticides and they are produced using methods that minimise environmental impact.
As our products contain fruit juices and sugar rather than artificial sweeteners, we advise that toddlers should not consume large quantities which could contribute to excess weight gain, tooth decay and picky eating.
Drinks of this nature are best consumed as part of a meal so the developing teeth are exposed to the sugars present for a short time. For young children we recommend that water is best choice for drinks between meals.