Bulk Edible Oil Blog

How To Choose An Oil Supplier

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

I talk with buyers every day who are debating how to choose the right oil supplier — and their job depends on it. Of course, oils are usually not the only product that they are debating, but but the analysis process looks pretty similar no matter what ingredients you’re responsible for sourcing.

In the vendor search process, you have to uncover a lot of information and answer a lot of questions for yourself. In this article, we’ll address each of the questions below and explain how each vendors’ answer could affect your final choice.

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Olive Pomace Oil vs. Sunflower Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Should you use Olive Pomace Oil or should you use Sunflower Oil (or even safflower for that matter)? These are some of the important oil comparisons that procurement teams and R&D departments have to do as food manufacturers.

And if you’re a home chef? We’ll you probably equally debate this standing in the aisle of your grocery store. Whether you’re a home chef or if you are in industrial food manufacturing, we’ll look at the pros and cons of these two oils for each industry.

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What Does RBD Mean, In Relation To Bulk Oils?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

“RBD” is a term that you will hear commonly used when people are talking about oils of many different types. But what does it mean?

RBD is an acronym, which stands for Refined, Bleached and Deodorized. This acronym describes how the oil is processed, and whether it is a refined or unrefined product. It is used to describe a myriad of oils from canola to soy to olive to sunflower to grapeseed and more. However, the refining process is probably very different than you may be picturing, so I’ll tell you a little bit more about it.

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Canola Oil Myths and Truths

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

This article was originally posted on Berkeley Wellness. They addresses many questions concerning canola oil and the many questions surrounding it that are so common in the whole foods industry. We get lots of questions like this, so this article should help to clarify!

 Canola oil has been called both the “world’s healthiest cooking oil” and a “poison.” Obviously there is much misunderstanding and misinformation out there about it. The oil comes from a specially bred variety of rapeseed, a yellow-flowering plant in the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family, developed by Canadian scientists in the 1970s.

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Why Do Food Manufacturers Use Olive Pomace Oil?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Why would anyone choose to use Olive Pomace Oil over the higher quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil — or over any other oil, for that matter?

I’ve gotten this question enough in my time working with manufacturers, that I thought I would explain all of the exact reasons. We’re going to review the reasons specifically pertaining to the manufacturing realm — because they are very different than the reasons you might choose to use certain oils in your home kitchen or even in a restaurant.

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At A Glance: Coconut Oil Grade Comparison

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you walk down the oil aisle of any grocery store, you are bound to find a plethora of different coconut oils – it's one of the most popular oils in today's natural food market.

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Olive Oil Commodity Market Update For The 2016/17 Harvest

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Looking for an update on the olive oil harvest that’s happening this winter?

Whether you’re preparing to book olive oil contracts for the next year, looking at price predictions or wondering where the olive oil market is going to go in the near future, this update is for you.


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How To Set Goals For Yourself and Your Purchasing Department For 2017

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Last year, I ran a half marathon. But I didn’t just go out and do it. I made a 16 week plan of the runs that I was going to do every day, and how I was going to build up to my 13.1 mile finish.

Professional goals are no different than personal goals like these, but professional goal setting often falls by the wayside. It’s important do strategic goal setting, both for your job and for your department -- especially if you manage other people.

Your professional goals also need a plan-- a course of action, or a list of small daily steps you’re going to take to help accomplish these goals. Here’s how to plan for improvement in 2015.

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The Top 10 Bulk Oil Blogs From Centra Foods In 2016

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

In honor of the last blog post of 2016, these are the top 10 articles of the last year.  The blog posts below are listed by popularity, from most to least.  Learn about olive oil grades and calculations, along with sunflower oil, coconut oil and goal-setting advice for purchasing teams.

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An Olive Oil Market Update For Contract Planning In 2017

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

This article will be an update on the olive oil market, as you may have contracts that you are considering locking in for 2017.  This will be most pertinant to any buyers who contract their olive oil throughout the year (and in turn use the volumes that allows them to do so).

The timeframe that you will officially secure these contracts is often dependent on the status of the olive oil market, so it’s helpful to keep up-to-date throughout November and December as you are doing your planning and booking.

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