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Are Bulk Organic Oils Also Non-GMO?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Certified Organic Bulk Oils Are Also Non-GMOIf you're looking for a bulk oil that is certified organic, chances are that you'd also like your oil to not contain any GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).  Good news for you-- all oils that are certified organic also are going to be non-GMO automatically.  

You should probably know a bit more of the details though, because it will affect your company as you're choosing ingredients, getting non-GMO or organic certified or preparing your ingredient documentation.

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Topics: Organic, Non-GMO

Is Olive Oil Expeller Pressed?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The term expeller pressed is becoming more popular in the natural foods industry.  Many oils are now described as expeller pressed and consumers are seeking out these natural options.  

It's not often that olive oil is described as expeller pressed though. But, technically, is it?

We'd like to first clarify what expeller pressed means, how that fits in with olive oil and, then again, how it doesn't.

What Does Expeller Pressed Mean?

The term expeller pressed refers to an oil that is pressed using mechanical means only.  The oil is pressed out of it's source using an Expeller Press-- a machine that quite literally squeezes it out.  An expeller pressed oil does not use any chemicals or solvents to aid the extraction process.

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Topics: Grade Information

How The Tight Supply of Bulk Sunflower Oil & Safflower Oil Affects You

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

How The Tight Supply of Bulk Sunflower Oil & Safflower Oil Affects YouThe natural and specialty food markets have taken a turn towards using safflower and sunflower oil as their preferred oil ingredient in their products.  These healthier oils are now being used in place of soybean, canola and other mild, light-colored oils.

Why?  With safflower and sunflower oil, you get close to the same benefits of olive oil, without the color or flavor-- plus it comes at a lower price.

Have you noticed this trend?  Go into Whole Foods and look at the back ingredient label of a few of the chip and popcorn bags.  You're bound to find a whole bunch that use high-oleic safflower oil and sunflower oil that is non-GMO.  Or, even more popular right now-- organic sunflower and safflower oil.

If you happen to be a food manufacturer and you use these ingredients, I bet you've noticed a big trend in the last few weeks/months.  These oils are hard to come by right now, and in high demand!  If you're buying on the spot market outside of a contract right now, you may be hard pressed to find your ingredients.

You're probably wondering why this is happening and what's going on!  Good question.  We'll explain what's going on in the market right now.

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Topics: Sunflower Oil, Harvest/Commodity Market, Safflower Oil

Manuacturers: Make The Switch From 35 Lbers To Bulk Packaging

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you have a fast-growing manufacturing business and you're still using a manual production line, this discussion is for you.  

We work with a number of large (and still growing!) customers and though they use a lot of oil in bulk, but they still purchase in 35 Lb. Containers.   Why? Because that's how their production line has been set up.  They know there's a better, cheaper way, but making the switch is a process-- and it can be a bit overwhelming.

They're working on making the switch, and you should too.  Here's why:

  • The oil is cheaper.  Buying in bulk sizes like drums or totes can cut $0.02-$0.05 /lb off the oil instantly.
  • With a system in place (pumps, hoses, etc.) the oil is so much easier to get out of the packaging and into your line
  • You will have much less waste-- think of all those 35 Lbers no longer in your trash or recycling!
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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers, Packaging

5 Quick Tips For Food Manufacturers Choosing Bulk Oil Ingredients

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Quick Tips for purchasers and R&D personnel in the food manufacturing industry.

  1. 5 Quick Tips For Food Manufacturers Choosing Bulk Oil IngredientsExtra Virgin Olive Oil is a natural, fresh olive fruit juice. The taste profile and color can change significantly depending on the olives used, the harvest time, and many more factors.
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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers, Grade Information

11 Steps To Purchasing Bulk Oil Ingredients For Manufacturing

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

11 Steps To Purchasing Bulk Oil Ingredients For ManufacturingTo those of you that are new to the bulk ingredient buying world, evaluating and choosing ingredients for your new product can be a bit daunting.  But you're not alone-- small business owners, company founders and young ingredients puchasers have all been in your shoes.  

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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers, Advice For Small Businesses

How To Get Bulk Oil Out Of An Industrial Tote [SlideShare]

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

How To Get Bulk Oil Out Of An Industrial ToteMaking the switch to industrial totes for your bulk oil can be a big change.  Your production facility is going to be no longer "hands on".  A fork lift or a pallet jack is now going to be a vital part of your day.

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Topics: Advice For Manufacturers, Packaging

What Makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil So Healthy?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

What Makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil So HealthyOlive oil is touted all over the world as a healthy, good-for-you oil.  Benefits range from the prevention of cancer, heart disease and diabetes to lowering blood pressure to reducing levels of obesity.  They go on and on from there.

So what exactly is it in olive oil that makes it so healthy?  Well, there's a number of chemical compontents that do your body good.  But first it's important to understand...

Extra Virgin Is The Best Grade For You

In terms of the health benefits found in olive oil, Extra Virgin has far more of the good stuff than the lower grades.  Refined grades like Pure Olive Oil, Refined (Light) Olive Oil and Olive Pomace Oil are going to have less (or debatably, none) of the healthy-for-you components.  So let's look at the benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in particular.

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Topics: Health Benefits

20 Strange & Helpful Every Day Uses For Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

20 Strange & Helpful Every Day Uses For Olive OilOlive oil is known for being delicious-- perfect for Italian recipes, natural foods, sauteeing, cooking and (my favorite) Caprese salad.

But did you know that it's good for so many more things?  Things like:

  • Natural skin & body care
  • Your daily beauty regimen
  • Home & garden care
  • And much more

Here's 20 of our favorite uses for olive oil.

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Topics: Industry Trends

Bulk Olive Oil Color Doesn’t Indicate Quality

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Bulk Olive Oil Color Doesn’t Indicate QualityHave you ever wondered if the color of your olive oil will tell you how good it is? Or hear that Extra Virgin Olive Oil that’s green is better quality than its yellow counterpart?

Make no mistakes, these quality assumptions based on color are unfounded. It’s a myth! You can’t depend on the color of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to indicate how good of a quality it is. Why? We’ll explain.

Keep in mind-- this discussion is looking specifically at Extra Virgin Olive Oil... Not the other grades.

Let's dive in!

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Topics: Grade Information, Quality Control