Bulk Edible Oil Blog

Which Natural Oils Are Paleo Friendly?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you are producing a product that is paleo friendly (or if you follow a paleo diet yourself), understanding the oils that fit a paleo diet will be one of the first things that you do.

Oils are a hot topic for those living within a paleo diet, and there's a lot of information reviewing which oils are good, which ones aren't and why.

Today I'd like to review your options for which oils will fit best for your food product. As we work primarily with natural food manufacturers, I will be speaking to food producers rather than consumers, but the same guidelines apply no matter who you are. 

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The Benefits Of Choosing A High Oleic Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

 

High Oleic Natural Oil Supplier

High oleic oil is a term that you will see applied to many different types of oil: canola, sunflower, safflower and more. High oleic oils have seen a recent spike in popularity, especially in the natural snack food manufacturing industry.

Why is this so? High oleic oils are premium options that have a healthier fat composition, a longer shelf life, a higher heat tolerance and an extended fry life. 

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Refrigerated and Frozen Foods: Staying Cool, Calm, and Compliant

Posted by Alchemy Systems

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

There’s a lot of cool things happening in refrigerated and frozen foods. Consumers are enjoying more diversified breakfasts and snacks, which means more options for frozen foods. Chips and dips are making a comeback, with refrigerated dips reigning as a number one snack.

We’ve also seen more restaurants taking menu favorites to the frozen foods aisles of grocery stores. And don’t forget ice cream, America’s favorite treat. Both dairy and non-dairy ice cream are popular, thanks to organic and low fat products, and sales remain high year-round — not just during summer.

But not all industry news is sweet. You might be facing FSMA deadlines, additional compliance standards, or new program implementation. Refrigerated and frozen foods manufacturers must make sure the entire supply chain, including shippers and distribution centers, meets current federal regulations. No matter where you are in the process, having an educated and confident workforce remains a strong approach to meet rising regulations and consumer demands.

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Strengths and Opportunities for Bakery and Snacks

Posted by Alchemy Systems

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

Things are looking pretty sweet in Bakery and Snacks. Bread is back, and the sandwich is enjoying a bit of a renaissance in all its glorious forms: burgers, bahn mis, tortas, gyros. Enriched and sprouted grains are also on the rise, ensuring the low-carb craze has finally cooled off.

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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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Costco Increases Organic Sales, Eclipses Whole Foods Market

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you haven’t heard yet, Costco has now surpassed Whole Foods Market in organic sales. It happened a little while back, and it was a quiet race for the win.

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How To Taste Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Olive oil has a specific way that it should be tasted to get the full effect of the oil -- just like you would taste wine. I do a lot of olive oil tastings in meetings with customers, along with training our staff internally.

Here's a quick run down if you've never officially been taught how to taste olive oil.

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The Explosive Growth of Natural & Organic

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

It’s always interesting to me to look at the natural and organic trends on a larger scale; they show the incredible power that consumers have to shape what we as food manufacturers make. It’s also amazing to me how, by acting as consumers, can shape this change through what we buy.

With this in mind, I recently ran across an infographic that I thought would be worth sharing. It outlined the timeline of the growth of the “natural” and organic food market, from the mid-90s to now. The changes are gradual at first, but clearly snowball in recent years.

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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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Annie’s President Predicts Organic Marketshare To Grow From 4-5% To 20%

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Today, the sale of organic products makes up 5% of the current food market, with the remaining 95% being conventional or non-GMO products. However, the demand for organic products has been on the rise, with growth percentages recently in the double digits.

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