Bulk Edible Oil Blog

How To Dispose Of Your Totes, Drums or JIBs Of Bulk Oil After Use

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

So you’ve recently bought a shipment of bulk oil in some sort of bulk packaging.

Perhaps it was delivered in 275 Gallon Totes. Or perhaps you use the 55 Gallon Drums, or even smaller 35 Lb. Containers (also called JIBs). Once you’ve used the oil in your production, what do you do with the packaging remaining?

Depending on what you specifically bought, there’s a few things you can do with it. We will review.

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Purchasing Managers: How To Plan And Meet Your Goals In 2018

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Setting goals is an important step to improving.

There are, of course, a number of different kinds of goals. You have personal goals for your life, and you have professional goals for your job. But they’re always entangled, some taking priority over others depending on the day.

The best way to achieve all of them is to lay them out separately, prioritize them, and then make a plan for how you can achieve every one.

Here’s a smart framework for purchasing managers to complete your goal setting for 2018-- not just for your job but also for your life.

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My Comments: USDA 2017/18 Olive Oil Harvest Report

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The USDA recently released a report on oilseeds and production, which included a small feature on expectations of the upcoming 2017/2018 olive oil harvest.

Today, I'd like to go through their report, piece by piece, and add some commentary in that will be helpful to fully understand what they are saying and how it may affect your 2018 bulk olive oil buying plans.

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Top 10 Challenges for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Alchemy Systems

This article was originally posted by our friends at Alchemy Systems, and is shared here with permission.

Food manufacturers face unique challenges on a daily basis. In my 30+ years of food industry experience, I have seen these challenges first-hand.  Based on my experience, I have identified 10 key challenges that food manufacturers face. Whether you’re a line supervisor, plant manager, or operations manager, chances are you’ve experienced some of these challenges with some frequency.

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5 Essential Factors To Consider Before You Select Product Packaging

Posted by Kevin Hill


Product packaging plays a huge role in successful and sustainable food industry operations, pharma manufacturing and numerous other sectors. However, it can be tough for manufacturers to choose the right packaging materials according to their business needs, even with the huge variety of choices available these days.

Cost is a primary concern for most purchasing managers, but the packaging material you choose should also be well-suited for protecting products during transportation, storage and delivery. Visual appeal and branding are important considerations as well, especially in sectors with very high competition.

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American Heart Association Advises To Lower Saturated Fats (Including Coconut Oil)

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against the use of coconut oil. 

In recent years, you've probably seen a rise in the popularity of coconut oil. It's been increasingly espoused as the "miracle oil" and used in more and more natural products (e.g., these chips cooked in coconut oil).

But there's still been a heated debate around the true health of coconut oil, with those in each pro and con camp fighting fervently for their sides.

To finally shut down this debate, the American Heart Association reviewed studies and research making an official recommendation on June 15th, 2017. 

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Thanksgiving Recipes Featuring Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

We've all got Thanksgiving dinner on the brain.  I know I do.

With Thanksgiving this week, I hope you're finishing up your grocery shopping tonight and getting all of your recipes prepped for tomorrow.

In case you have yet to finalize the last few delicious creations you plan to make, I've gathered a few great recipes below that use olive oil.   Olive oil can be a great addition to Thanksgiving, and you can use it in more creative ways than you may think.  

Of course, it's great to slather on your turkey before putting it in the oven.  But here's a few more delicious (and beautiful!) recipes you can use olive oil in. 

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A Book Review: Know Your Fats (The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol)

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Wanting to dive into the coconut oil debate more thoroughly this year, I read:

Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol, by Mary G. Enig

Enig was one of the first few scientists who lobbied against trans fats, and asked the FDA begin to require trans fat listings on the side of nutrition boxes (they listened, and that trans fat listing requirement on nutritional labels exists today). This research and information eventually led to their recent decision to take trans fats off of their GRAS List (Generally Recognized As Safe) starting in 2018. To learn more about this decision, you can read FDA Recommends Removing Partially Hydrogenated Oils From Food.

Needless to say, Enig (now deceased) was one of the most well-versed on oils of her time. In addition, she was a scientist who shared and tried to break down the complex concepts for consumers. She wrote this book in an effort to share the truth 

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How Long Will It Take My Olive Oil To Defrost?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Picture this: it’s February and you plan to use the olive oil that’s been sitting in your warehouse for a week. You plug the pump into your drum and… nothing happens. You can’t actually GET to your oil to use it. It’s completely solid, like cold butter. Now what?

This is an all too real situation that happens to many a food manufacturer. Anyone who has a cool warehouse in the winter or is located in the northern half of the US can expect to experience this at some point.

As we head into November (and officially the colder months of the year) I want to make sure we talk about this today.

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Why Pure Olive Oil Can Be The Same Price As Extra Virgin — But Only Sometimes

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Have you ever seen the price of Pure Olive Oil be almost as high as Extra Virgin Olive Oil? I have — most of us in the food manufacturing world have. And people often ask me why.

The answer is simple and complex at the same time. In a vacuum — in a perfect world — the price of pure olive oil should fall somewhere between Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olive Pomace Oil. It is, of course, the olive oil grade between these two extremes (along with Refined Olive Oil) and pricing should correspond.

In the good harvest times, it follows exactly this pattern. But in times of poor harvest and bad olive oil production, the olive oil commodity market (aka, the simple economics of supply and demand) has more of an impact on the pricing comparison scale that you might expect.

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