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Number of Servings Per 5 Gallon Bag in Box Syrup

Number of Servings Per 5 Gallon Bag in Box Syrup

A soda fountain is a staple of food service establishments like fast food restaurants and cafes. The various types of soda dispensers allow you to find the perfect one for your establishment, and the low cost of syrup helps owners save money on supplies. Using a bag in box soda syrup system makes refilling your soda machine easy, but running out of syrup unexpectedly is a prevailing challenge. We calculated the number of servings per 5-gallon bag in box syrup to help you know when to order more supplies.

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How to Calculate Servings of Bag in Box Soda

A 10 oz. plastic cup filled with soda

Understanding how long your bag in box soda syrup lasts helps you know when to order more, saving you money and reducing stress. There is no set number of servings, but the following formula roughly estimates how many drinks you would get from one 5-gallon bag in box. Of course, this calculation does not factor in external elements such as ice.

Use the following steps to calculate how many servings you will get from a 5-gallon bag in box soda system.

  1. There are 128 ounces in 1 gallon, meaning there are 640 ounces in 5 gallons.

  2. The soda fountain system mixes water at a 5 to 1 ratio.

  3. Divide the cup size by 6 (5 to 1 ratio = 6 total parts) to get how many ounces of syrup per cup. For example, a 10 oz. cup ÷ 6 = 1.7 oz. of syrup per each cup.

  4. Divide 640 total ounces by the ounces of syrup used per cup you determined by the last equation. Continuing the previous example, 640 oz. ÷ 1.7 oz. = approximately 376 servings.

  5. This number is the estimated servings per 5-gallon bag in box, excluding ice.

Bag in Box Syrup Servings Chart

Use the chart below to determine how many servings you'll get out of a 5-gallon bag in box soda syrups based on the size of the cups you use in your establishment.

Cup Size Total oz. of syrup used Total number of servings per each 5 gallon bag in box**
7 oz. 1.1 582
9 oz. 1.5 426
10 oz. 1.7 376
12 oz. 2 320
16 oz. 2.7 237
20 oz. 3.3 194
24 oz. 4 160
32 oz. 5.3 120

** These estimates do not take into account the amount of ice in each cup. The more ice is placed in a cup the less space there is for soda, which means less syrup is used.

How Does Bag In Box Soda Work?

Bag in box nozzle system

Bag in box soda connects directly to your soda fountain lines to dispense carbonated beverages. It can easily be swapped out with a new box to refresh your soda supply or to add a different flavor. They use carbon dioxide to push syrup out of the bag to mix with carbonated water. This mixture of carbonated water and syrup flows through the dispenser into a cup, ready for customers to enjoy. Bag in box systems portion out and mix ingredients, making it an easy method for employees to rely on.

How Often Should Soda Lines Be Cleaned?

Keeping your soda machine clean is essential to serving delicious, uncontaminated soda. Some parts of your soda machine, such as nozzles and dispensing valves, should be cleaned daily. However, cleaning other elements can be done less frequently. Syrup connectors should be disconnected and sanitized weekly. In contrast, have your staff clean syrup lines weekly or monthly.

Use the following steps to clean syrup lines:

  • Fill a sanitized bucket with a warm cleaning solution.
  • Remove the syrup lines from your bag in box syrups.
  • Place the opened line valve in your cleaning solution and activate the dispenser to flush the lines with the cleaning solution. Repeat this process multiple times.
  • Finish with a rinsing flush.

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