Organic spices for soups, stocks and bouillons are on the menu for EHL Ingredients this month as the company celebrates Organic September. 

The company is experiencing increased demand for organic dry herbs and spices, spice blends and seasonings for fresh, chilled soups, as well as for steak, burgers and chicken, stir-fries and curries. Consumers are looking for innovative, quality foods, flavours and textures in the organic aisles and EHL’s herbs and spices allow manufacturers to create authentic, tasty, organic international dishes. 

Organic food is showing a clear increase in popularity among consumers, according to the Soil Association, and this is reflected in sales of organic ingredients at EHL. Overall sales of organic food and drink in the UK rose by 7.4 percent in the 52 weeks to 1st July 2017 and reached an all time high of £2 billion[i] as consumers prioritise purchases of nutritious and easily traceable organic foods. Demand for organic is at its highest for a decade[ii] as shoppers say organic food is worth paying the premium for.  

Kath Davies, new product development manager at EHL Ingredients says: “Organic really presents an opportunity for us, and for the food industry as a whole, and we are constantly developing new blends and seasonings in response to consumer lifestyle trends.  

“Consumers are making more healthy choices and looking for integrity when it comes to food but they don’t want to compromise on taste or quality and often want organic foods they already enjoy such as curries, stir-fries, steaks and burgers, as well as traditional roast dinners. Seasonings for soups have been a big area for us this year, especially for chilled, fresh varieties, both for brands and own label products.

“Our organic curry powder, garam masala, chinese five spice and mixed herbs are our most popular organic blends, and our stuffing mixes, which we launched last year, have also enhanced our portfolio, demonstrating that we offer a strong range of organic ingredients and blends. We plan to continue expanding our offering to provide quality ingredients and blends to food manufacturers, as well as to the foodservice sector, to add to innovative new international organic dishes, meals and accompaniments.

 “TV chefs and celebrity cookery books are encouraging consumers to switch to organic, either to follow a certain lifestyle or diet, reduce toxins in the body and for health and wellbeing. More people want to know where their food comes from, how it’s produced and Organic September is the perfect platform for highlighting the benefits of buying organic food. There’s a really positive outlook for the organic food market as a whole and we look forward to strengthening our position in this growing marketplace. We are aiming to see a further increase in sales of our organic ingredients during Organic September and the remainder of 2017.”

The leading importer, blender and packer of international food ingredients has offered organic ingredients since it began trading 21 years ago but the last four years have seen a significant increase in sales and product development to extend the portfolio. 

Earlier this year, EHL Ingredients invested in a new facility to increase manufacturing capacity by 50 per cent and is on a recruitment drive to strengthen the senior team. 

All blends are formulated on-site in EHL’s product development kitchen using high quality organic ingredients from trusted suppliers around the globe. Products are available in bulk to food manufacturers and meat processors, wholesalers and cash and carries, caterers and chefs, co-packers, multiple retailers, health food stores and large co-operatives. 

To ensure that all EHL’s ingredients are 100 per cent organic, it carries out a rigorous auditing process for all of its suppliers. Additionally, at its headquarters in Stockport, Cheshire, it follows strict hygiene procedures to ensure that there is no cross-contamination, providing the very best in quality for its customers.  

To find out more about EHL Ingredients, visit www.ehl-ingredients.co.uk, email info@ehl-ingredients.co.uk or call 0161 480 7902. 

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