Dehydrated vegetables: Sunshine Industry to be upgraded

In recent years, dehydrated vegetables have become increasingly popular with consumers. In China, the consumption market of dehydrated vegetables is constantly expanding. In foreign trade, dehydrated vegetables are also the main products of China’s vegetable export.

Recently, Gao Zhuhua, president of the National Fruit and Vegetable Dehydration Processing Industry Federation, said in an interview with the media that the dehydrated vegetable processing industry has great development potential and is a “sunshine industry.” At the same time, industrial upgrading also faces bottlenecks that need to be broken.

Producing High Value-Added “Sunshine Industry” in Big Countries

China is a big country producing dehydrated vegetables. Statistics show that China’s annual output of dehydrated vegetables is about 800,000 tons, accounting for about 60% of the world’s total output.

China is a large agricultural country with a vast territory and diverse climates. China has rich vegetable resources and a wide variety of vegetables and has advantages in vegetable production. Provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities have promoted the development of the industry by virtue of their own production advantages and formed their own characteristics. For example, goji berries and tomatoes in Ningxia, onions and potatoes in Gansu, green peppers, red peppers and carrots in Shanxi, chives in Xinghua in Jiangsu, garlic and cabbage in Shandong.

Compared with ordinary vegetables, processed dehydrated vegetables have higher added value and are the main products of China’s vegetable export. Taking Ningxia as an example, in the first 10 months of this year, Ningxia cumulatively exported 16.646 million US dollars of dehydrated vegetables, an increase of 138.5% year-on-year.

Export Barrier Industry Standards to be Upgraded

China exports about 100,000 tons of dehydrated vegetables every year, which means that half of the dehydrated vegetables produced throughout the year are exported.

Exported vegetables need to have “record basis” and “traceability”, which is equivalent to “each product has an ID card.” In which field can vegetables be grown and which factory can be traced back. This is a mandatory requirement.

As an agricultural product export, dehydrated vegetables must strictly comply with the importing country’s requirements for pesticide residues and heavy metals. In fact, how to link the testing standards at home and abroad is the main problem that has troubled China’s fruit and vegetable exports for a long time, because different countries often have different requirements for agricultural residues and other aspects.

In 2013, China promulgated the “Maximum Residue Limits of Pesticides in Food”, which added more than 1,400 testing standards, but there was still a big gap compared with other developed countries.

In the relevant standards and specifications of dehydrated vegetables, there is no special description and regulations on pesticide residue limits. The industry pointed out that the dehydration process has a concentrated effect on the residue of dehydrated vegetables. It is unreasonable to limit the content of dehydrated vegetables based on the residual amount of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Regarding the current status of the industry standards for the dehydrated vegetable industry, industry insiders called: “Industry associations should cooperate with relevant departments to modify certain standards and issue them by authoritative departments, which is conducive to the formulation of industry standards and the development of industry standards. Formulation. Facilitate supervision. ”

Industrial upgrade to improve product technical content

In the past, low labor cost was our competitive advantage. Now, our labor costs have risen. Now, labor costs account for one-third of the cost.

Today’s labor costs are increasing, China’s dehydrated vegetable industry is still a “labor-intensive” industry. Foreign countries have a high degree of automation, and we must rely on manual operations, which can only be said to be “semi-automatic.”

Some companies have also introduced advanced foreign production lines, but foreign production lines may not be applicable to China.

The pipeline designed by foreigners is for locally produced food, such as potatoes, but some agricultural products with Chinese characteristics, such as chives, cannot be produced on imported pipelines. In this case, the production of dehydrated vegetables still requires a lot of labor.

From the perspective of production technology, most dehydrated vegetable companies in China are still using dry dehydration technology, and only a few companies have adopted freeze dehydration technology, which is also a blank abroad.

Heat-treated foods usually undergo large color changes, loss of taste, and poor taste. On the contrary, freeze-drying technology is more advanced and can better maintain the original nutrition and taste of the vegetables themselves. Correspondingly, freeze-drying technology also requires greater cost investment.

Low technical content and low equipment level are the limiting factors of current industrial development. The intensity of industrial transformation still needs to be strengthened.

There are four main types of dehydrated vegetable products, 80% of which are still traditional dehydrated vegetable products. Condiments accounted for 10% of the total, health food and convenience food accounted for 5%. The entire dehydrated vegetable industry has still failed to extend its tentacles to the downstream of the industrial chain, and efforts should be intensified to develop and promote new products.

Reduce labor costs, advance the industry from labor-intensive industries to automation and semi-automation industries, improve the technical content of products, and extend the industrial chain to downstream products. This is the direction in which future industrial development requires effort.

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Dried Peel: A Sustainable Source of Citrus Flavor

March has passed, which means we’re at the tail end of the harvest season for most citrus fruits.

At BCFoods, we supply sustainable dehydrated citrus peels from oranges, lemons, and limes. We use the whole peel, including the colored rind (the flavedo) and the soft white inner portion (the albedo).

Read on to discover:

  • How citrus peel is a sustainable ingredient
  • A few surprising health benefits
  • Consumer food products dried citrus peel works well in

Sustainability

When organic material rots, it releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas. Over 100 million tons of citrus are grown every year. There is a high demand for the pulp and juice of lemons, oranges, and limes; however, millions of tons of peel are discarded each year and left to rot in landfills.

Using dried citrus peel in products provides citrus flavor without adding to resources used for growing produce. It also reduces landfill mass and methane release.

All dehydrated lemon, orange, and lime peel sold by BCFoods is upcycled from juicing fruit. We only use peel discarded after the juice has been extracted. BCFoods ’ citrus peel products include the entire peel – not only the outermost zest. This method further eliminates food waste. Including the soft white albedo also adds to potential health benefits.

Health Benefits

Citrus peel is full of food compounds that provide health benefits; some of which are not found in the juice or pulp.

May Protect Oral Health1

Peel from lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits contain antibacterial properties. As a result, they may inhibit the growth of Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that causes gum infections and oral diseases.

High in Antioxidants1,2,3

Citrus peel is high in antioxidants, including D-limonene and vitamin C. In fact, the peel contains more vitamin C per ounce than the fruit. Studies show the ingestion of antioxidants improves your immune system, reducing the severity and duration of colds, flus, and other viruses.

In addition, D-limonene and vitamin C are linked to reduced risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Oxidative stress associated with tissue damage and accelerated aging
  • Cancer

May Influence Heart Health1,2

In addition to antioxidants linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, citrus peel is rich in flavonoids, hesperidin, and polymethoxylflavones, which have been shown to lower both high blood pressure and cholesterol. These components also have anti-inflammatory properties that help your heart function.

Cellular Communication2

Citrus peels contain calcium and potassium, which are both needed for the cells in the body to communicate properly. In addition, calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones.

May Improve Digestion2,3

Lemon, orange, and lime citrus peels are high in fiber, which is essential for proper digestion.

  • Fights acidity and heartburn
  • Prevents constipation
  • Improves digestion

Fiber also helps lower inflammation and improves metabolism.

May Provide Cancer Protection1,2,3

Research shows that D-limonene found in citrus peel helps reduce the risk of cancer. To go further, studies indicate that this antioxidant also prevents the formation and spread of cancerous tumors in the digestive system. This includes the mouth, pharynx, larynx, and stomach.

May Help Manage Blood Sugar3

Lemon peel, in particular, may help to manage blood glucose levels and contains polyphenols that help improve insulin resistance.

Flavor & Uses

Citrus peel holds more concentrated fruit flavor than the juice or pulp and does not add to water content in food. This makes dried peel an excellent choice for adding orange, lemon, or lime flavor to baked goods, dressings, beer, desserts, and snacks.

In addition, peel does not contain citric acid and therefore doesn’t curdle dairy, where juice and pulp do. This makes dehydrated peel perfect for cheesecake, ice cream, and other dairy-based products.

Origin

Citrus fruits are produced all over the world. The top five producers of lemons, limes, and oranges are:

  1. Brazil
  2. China
  3. U.S.
  4. Mexico
  5. India

Request Samples

BCFoods carries lemon, lime, and orange peel in many cuts, including “tea cut”, powder, and granules. All of our dehydrated citrus peel products are available year-round.

Visit our Products Page for more details or to order samples.

References

1Lang, Adriane, BSc, MBA 2019, 9 Benefits and Uses of Lemon Peel, Healthline Media, accessed March 23, 2020, <healthline.com/nutrition/lemon-peel >.

2Laurence, Emily 2019, If You Aren’t Using Every lemon Peel, You’re Missing Out On Some Surprising Benefits, Well+Good LLC, accessed March 23, 2020, <https://www.wellandgood.com/good-food/lemon-peel-benefits/>.

3Fresh Plaza 2019, Consuming orange peel can boost your total intake of nutrients, FreshPlaza.com, accessed March 23, 2020, <https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9116484/consuming-orange-peel-can-boost-your-total-intake-of-nutrients>.

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COVID-19 – BCFoods is Open for Business

As our nation continues to take unprecedented actions to limit the spread of COVID-19, BCFoods and Culinary Farms know the need is now more than ever to continue to supply our customers with high quality industrial food ingredients.   

The Department of Homeland Security and the Food and Drug Administration have recognized food manufacturers as “essential contributors to the food supply chain” and have therefore granted an exemption to continue to operate. Based on this exemption, BCFoods and Culinary Farms factories are open and operational. 

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have added new company-wide sanitation and safety measures, and are limiting person-to-person contact as much as possible while continuing to produce and ship the ingredients our customers need. In addition, we are diversifying our inbound shipments in case of any location-specific freight interruption.

With the situation rapidly evolving, we wanted to share with you both an update on our efforts to maintain the health and safety of our personnel, as well as what we are doing to mitigate potential supply shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak.

First with respect to our employees we have taken the following actions.

Health and Safety:

  • Adjusted our employee call-in procedure and return-to-work policy
  • Adjusted and increased our cleaning and sanitation procedures including nightly wipe downs of all common contact surfaces
  • Eliminated all international travel, limited all non-essential domestic business travel for our employees, and set up protocols for employees traveling for personal reasons
  • Begun practicing “social distancing” within our work environment
  • Requested vendors to limit site visits to all of our facilities
  • Shared the CDC’s recommended preventative measures with all employees and are continuing to share new information as it becomes available
  • Offered an immune system booster free of charge to all of our employees
  • Implemented a contingency team to continue to monitor the situation and make quick decisions as needed

Next, with respect to ensuring continuous supply, we are taking the following actions.

Supply Mitigation:

  • BCFoods Corporate Quality has amended our factory GMPs to include specific health and safety measures directed at preventing any possible contamination of this virus in our facilities
  • Conducting daily meetings to review updates from our global supply chain partners to monitor their ability to produce and ship product
  • Diversifying our inbound shipments in case of any location-specific freight interruption
  • Attempting to increase our stock on-hand volumes that we carry based on customer forecast

Our customers can feel confident that BCFoods and Culinary Farms will continue to provide them with the quality ingredients they need to keep up with demand. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your sales rep.

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Michelle WestCOVID-19 – BCFoods is Open for Business

5 BCFoods Commitments for 2020

To begin, we at BCFoods welcome you into the new year and wish you a very happy and prosperous 2020. 

Looking back at 2019, we have taken stock of and evaluated our successes and challenges. From these, we have formulated our commitments to our customers throughout the coming year. 

Here are our top five commitments for 2020 (click the links to learn more or just read on):

Communication & Customer Service

Customer service – particularly timely communication to our international customers – is an area that we have bench marked for improvement. 

While we have farm bases, processing facilities, and operations worldwide, our customer service team has always been centralized at our headquarters in California. While this works well for our customers based in the Americas, we understand that it has, at times, been an area of frustration for customers from other continents around the world where time differences may mean delay in communication.

In 2020, we are solving this problem.

Starting in March, time differences will no longer impact timely communications in Europe.

We have expanded our customer service team based in the Netherlands office. After extensive training on the full line of BCFoods products, our enforced team will be able to hit the ground running in March of 2020. The California Customer Service team will act as backup. 

BCFoods is committed to stellar customer service for all our customers. Visit our Contact Page to send a message or for direct phone numbers.

Quality

Quality has always been a defining characteristic of BCFoods products, and we commit to continuing this in 2020.

As a vertically-integrated dehydrated ingredient supplier, BCFoods has boots on the ground and is hands-on involved with our products from field to fork to ensure food quality and safety for you and your customers. In 2020, we will continue to maintain the highest standards for all the dried vegetable, fruit, spice, and seasoning ingredients we offer.

BCFoods is committed to quality. Visit our Accreditations Page to see our current accreditations and certifications.

On-Trend Product Expansion

As consumer trends change, so do the needs of our customers.

  • In 2017, BCFoods brought Culinary Farms into the fold so we could offer their line of authentic artisanal dried chilies and tomatoes to our customers. This addressed consumer trends toward authentic world flavors and spicy foods.
  • In 2018, we launched our seasoning division and opened a dedicated facility to support growth in this arena.
  • In 2018, we also expanded our spice offerings to include black pepper, white pepper, and Szechuan (Sichuan) pepper. Like the ingredients offered from Culinary Farms, offering these three types of peppercorn speaks to the growing consumer trends toward authentic world flavors and spicy foods.
  • In 2019, BCFoods acquired P. Visser & Zoon B.V. – a spice business in The Netherlands. With this acquisition, we’ve strengthened our supply chain and gained important knowledge of the herb and spice market. In 2020, this location will be transitioning to our BCFoods Europe headquarters.

As we continue to keep track of consumer trends, we will continue to expand our line of dehydrated ingredients for our customers who must meet these trends with their packaged goods. You can look forward to further expansion in BCFoods offerings in 2020:

  • Fire roasted vegetables and smoked salts from Culinary Farms will address growing consumer desire for fire roasted, BBQ, and smoked flavors. Producing these flavors in natural ways that do not add to your end product’s ingredient list addresses the growing Clean Label trend.
  • An expansion of our herb and spice offerings will address the consumer trend toward more flavor with less sodium and sugar.

In 2020, BCFoods remains committed not only to expanding our offerings, but also to working together with our customers to produce custom solutions that meet evolving customer trends. If you are looking for new flavor ideas or need an ingredient you’re not sure we offer, reach out to your sales rep.

Visit our Product Page for a list of our products and to request samples.

Sustainability

As a commercial agricultural producer, BCFoods farms thousands of acres of land to grow tens of thousands of tons of produce. According to the World Resources Institute, only about a quarter of commercial agricultural producers measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions. We not only measure our emissions but also our effects on soil and ground water. We’re proud of the actions we take to reduce our environmental impact.

With partial funding from the Knorr Sustainability Partnership Fund, BCFoods has increased our efforts to tackle the challenges of water waste, land erosion, pesticide overuse, soil and groundwater contamination, and loss of biodiversity.

In the coming months, BCFoods will be sharing information online about our current Sustainability Projects. Check back at bcfoods.com or follow us on LinkedIn to see what we’re up to.

Giving Back

BCFoods has always been involved in philanthropic activities and organizations. Each BCFoods location has local charities with whom we volunteer or otherwise give back to the community. We are committed to continuing these efforts and more in 2020 to give back to our local communities and the world.

Follow us on LinkedIn to see a few of the ways we help out.

Happy 2020!

With these five promises, BCFoods is committed to improving our product line, customer relations, local communities, and environmental impact in 2020.

From all of us at BCFoods and Culinary Farms, Happy New Year!

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Meet with BCFoods at FIE Paris Dec 3-5

BCFoods and P. Visser & Zoon B.V. will have a dedicated conference room at the upcoming Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) conference.

Location: Room 518, Hall 5, Paris Nord Villepinte


We still have appointments available but the are filling up. Please complete the form below if you would like to meet with us at the show.

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Michelle WestMeet with BCFoods at FIE Paris Dec 3-5

BCFoods Acquires P.Visser & Zoon B.V.

Global food ingredient supplier establishes foothold in Europe

spices from around the world

BCFoods Inc. is excited to announce the acquisition of P. Visser & Zoon B.V.

“BCFoods’ mission is to become the leading global supplier of a wide range of food ingredients,” remarked Mike Liu, CEO of BCFoods. “This acquisition will help BCFoods extend the growth of our spice business worldwide. In addition, P. Visser & Zoon B.V. will provide us with a foothold in Europe to further expand our model of providing ‘global sourcing and local services’.” 

Established in the Netherlands more than 180 years ago, P. Visser & Zoon B.V. is well established in the spice trade. The company is led by Jan Kees Hottentot.

Located just north of Amsterdam, this region is well known as the home of Europe’s spice trade business. P. Visser & Zoon B.V. carries a full line of spices and herbs. They have an excellent reputation for quality and service. Jan is one of the leading professionals in the trade, having served as President of the Dutch Spice Association and is a current board director of the European Spice Association.

“Joining with BCFoods will expand our reach to BCFoods’ worldwide customer base,” added Jan Kees Hottentot, owner of P. Visser & Zoon B.V. “We are happy to become a part of a global company that shares our ideals of quality, service and sustainability.”

The P. Visser & Zoon trade name will be registered and BCFoods Europe will continue using this well-respected and long-established brand in the marketplace. Jan Kees Hottentot will become the Managing Director of BCFoods Europe.

Starting in 2020, customers can expect to see BCFoods’ full line of dried vegetables, onion, garlic, spices and seasonings being supplied throughout Europe. They can also expect to see a select range of the P. Visser & Zoon B.V. line of spices, seeds and herbs supplied worldwide.

For any questions, please contact your local sales representative or visit www.bcfoods.com.

About BCFoods & P. Visser & Zoon B.V.

BCFoods produces a wide range of dehydrated vegetables, herbs, spices and select fruits.

P. Visser & Zoon B.V. is a well-known Dutch importer and wholesaler of spices, seeds, herbs and dehydrated vegetables.

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Michelle WestBCFoods Acquires P.Visser & Zoon B.V.

BCFoods and Culinary Farms
Celebrate Two-Year Anniversary

Two years ago, BCFoods and Culinary Farms announced the acquisition of Culinary Farms by BCFoods.

Complementing the BCFoods line of industrial ingredients, Culinary Farms offers a platform of artisan products, including:

  • Varietal Chilies
  • Savory Dried Tomato Products
  • Frozen & Shelf-Stable Pastes & Purees
  • Authentic World Seasonings & Flavors
  • Craft Smoked Flavors, Dried Ingredients & Inclusions

“Bringing Culinary Farms and BCFoods together has broadened the capabilities for both companies,” remarked Mike Liu, CEO of BCFoods. “Through Culinary Farms, we at BCFoods can offer our customers the craft ingredients with authentic world flavors produced by Culinary Farms and Culinary Farms can provide their trend-forward specialty ingredients to BCFoods’ worldwide customer base.”

The investment in Culinary Farms, including its fields, drying and production facilities, falls in line with BCFoods’ model of vertical integration, from farm to fork.The BCFoods ownership allows both companies to grow their access to global supply and expand their product offerings to customers worldwide.

“Joining with BCFoods has provided us opportunities that were not available as a small private company,” added Bal Pattar, General Manager of Culinary Farms. “We’re now able to expand our product line and production rate without compromising on quality or sustainability, two ideals that BCFoods and Culinary Farms share.”

About BCFoods & Culinary Farms

BCFoods produces a wide range of dehydrated vegetables, herbs, spices and select fruits.

Culinary Farms offers a unique line of products including dried tomatoes, specialty chilies, roasted and smoked products, and custom flavors and seasonings.

Combining these offerings provides our customers with a truly “one stop shop” for high quality, competitively priced food ingredients.  

  • Clean label natural ingredients? We have you covered!
  • Certified sustainably grown vegetables? We are the leaders!
  • Custom flavor solutions? We’ll help you develop it with products under our controls from the field through dehydration!

Contact your local BCFoods Sales Rep to get started with your next order.

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Michelle WestBCFoods and Culinary Farms
Celebrate Two-Year Anniversary