Bulk Edible Oil Blog

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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5 Graphic Design Firms In The Natural Food Industry

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Good graphic designers are key for any B2C company who’s selling their food products on a retail store shelf. Packaging design can be one of the major reasons that new customers give your product a try in the first place, so it’s worth putting your branding in the hand of someone who knows their stuff.

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Non-GMO Project: The Pre-Verification Steps & Timeframes You Need To Know

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The process of getting your products Non-GMO Project Verified from start to finish can be lengthy and tedious — most people in our industry, however, would still assert that it’s well worth it.

Right now, there is a huge demand for this seal; there are currently 2,600 brands with more than 34,000 products verified. That said, the process that the Non-GMO Project outlines on their website often takes longer than many brands would expect. There is also a “pre-verfication" process that has to be completed internally in your company before you can fully decide to move forward to get this QA seal.

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10 Natural Food Recruiters To Help You Find Your Next Employee (or Job)

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Are you looking for a new job? Or perhaps looking for the perfect new employee to add to your team?

If you’re looking for someone specifically with food industry experience (or you’re looking for your next food industry job), I’ve compiled a list of 10 food and beverage recruiters who can help you find the perfect match.

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Building a Culture of Food Safety - Three Simple Reminders

Posted by Lone Jespersen

This article was originally published by our friends at Alchemy Systems on their blog, The Feed, and was written by Lone Jespersen.  

Did you know that 46% fewer mistakes are made in companies that have a strong culture of quality*? One of the ways that leaders tap this potential is through their focus on building employee trust. The biggest impact on culture strength is employee trust, for example, on average as many as 63% of employees trust their leaders**, however, up to 83% of employees trust their leaders when it is earned through credible and trustworthy recognition of employee performance. So, as leaders, how do we drive fewer mistakes in food safety through employee trust? I suggest three simple reminders that you can apply today.

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The Tipping Point: 10 Major Companies Shift To Non-GMO

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Many now believe that the non-GMO trend “tipping point” has been passed, with major brands like General Mills, Post, Hersey’s, Unilever, Campbell’s, Chobani, Hellmann’s and Pepsi all releasing non-GMO versions of some of their products.

 

“We are now at the tipping point and with this major momentum the shift to non-GMO food is only going to gain more speed”, says Todd Larsen, executive co-director of Green America.

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