Shipping & Handling Information
Shipping for Niman Ranch orders is available for arrival days of Tuesday - Friday only. Simply indicate your preference in the checkout portion of the shopping cart. The chart below shows both standard and express shipping schedule & handling details.
Generally, orders only ship on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Upon placing your order, you will immediately receive an e-mail confirmation. When your order ships, you will receive an e-mail with the tracking information.
NOTE: We guarantee delivery to the address provided, so please make sure you carefully enter accurate information. We are unable to ship to P.O. Boxes. Buedel Food Products processes and bills Niman Ranch shipments. Your credit card statement will be billed from Buedel Food Products.
Deliveries are to the 48 United States excluding the states of Alaska and Hawaii on Tuesdays - Fridays only. Below is our shipping schedule for non-holiday weeks.
2013 Holiday Shipping Schedule
Order as early as possible to ensure product availability. We often sell out of products during the holiday season. Please remember the weather conditions are sometimes outside of our shipper's control, thus your shipment may experience delays.
Standard Shipping: Orders placed before 8:00AM CST on Monday, November 25, 2013 will arrive on or before Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
Express Shipping: Orders placed before 8:00AM CST on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 will arrive on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
All Standard Shipping orders placed after 8:00AM CST on Monday, November 25, 2013 will arrive on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Standard Shipping: Orders placed before 8:00AM CST on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 will arrive on or before Friday, December 20, 2013.
Express Shipping: Orders placed before 8:00AM CST on Thursday, December 19, 2013 will arrive on Friday, December 20, 2013.
All Standard Shipping orders placed after 8:00AM CST on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 will arrive on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
|Orders Completed Before||Standard Arrival||Express Arrival|
|Monday 8:00AM CST||Wednesday||Tuesday|
|Tuesday 8:00AM CST||Thursday||Wednesday|
|Wednesday 8:00AM CST||Friday||Thursday|
|Thursday 8:00AM CST||Following Wednesday||Friday|
All orders are packed in CFC free and FDA approved shipping coolers. These coolers are both reusable and recyclable. Please reuse and enjoy your cooler. If you must dispose of the cooler please visit the EPS Packaging drop off location. For additional recycling information or to find an EPS Packaging drop off location, visit the EPS Packaging website at epspackaging.org.
Niman products are carefully vacuumed packaged in special oxygen barrier film. During packaging oxygen is pulled out of the package and sealed air tight to preserve the quality and extend the shelf life. It's oxygen that gives meat its reddish color; don't be alarmed if your meat looks brownish in color, this is normal. Meat is a natural muscle and as such, it all reacts differently to the packaging. At times some packages may look darker while others may look brigher in color. When the vacuum seal is broken and the meat is exposed to oxygen, oxidation will begin to occur and the meat will begin to very slowly "bloom" or return to its reddish color. At the same time an inert gas will be released sometimes expelling a sour smell. The smell will dissipate. Using oxygen barrier film gives our customers a higher integrity product with longer shelf-life and increased food safety.
In summary, the color variation and gas odor is normal due to the packaging technology we use to protect the meat and extend shelf life. All of our meat is subject to USDA quality control fabrication and packaging processes.
Niman Ranch products are flash frozen at the peak of freshness. The product is individually vacuum sealed to remain fresh in your freezer for up to 24 months. Your order will be packed with the appropriate cooling materials to ensure it arrives in optimal condition. Products may be thawed upon arrival, but are safe to use and can be refrozen if they are cool to the touch. Simply put in the refrigerator for immediate use or in the freezer to use at your convenience.