To begin, we at BCFoods welcome you into the new year and wish you a very happy and prosperous 2021.
2020 has been a challenge for all of us. As some of the difficulties of the past year continue into 2021, we remain committed to our customers and the people they serve.
Here are our top five commitments for 2021 (click the links to learn more or just read on):
- Reliable Supply During COVID-19
- New and Expanded Product Offerings
- Giving Back
Reliable Supply During COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our nation and the world into 2021, we know the need is now more than ever to protect our employees’ health while reliably supplying our customers with high-quality industrial food ingredients.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we added new company-wide sanitation and safety measures early in 2020, 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 diversified our inbound shipments in case of any location-specific freight interruption.
Our customers can feel confident that BCFoods 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.
New and Expanded Product Offerings
In 2021, BCFoods is committed to offering our customers innovative products and services that will improve their own product lines and bottom lines.
Citrus fiber is a natural, vegan, gluten-free product to improve product texture and nutrition. Made from natural citrus peel, CitraFiber can be used as a replacement for eggs, gums, and other thickeners, stabilizers, or emulsifiers. CitraFiber is odorless and colorless, and contains 82% total dietary fiber and over 30% total pectin. It’s high in vitamins, minerals, and protein, along with Citrus Bioflavonoids. Bakery trials using citrus fiber in gluten-free bread found that it increased moisture in the final product, increased product size (volume), and improved the loaf shape. CitraFiber also works well for moisture absorption in meat applications.
Szechuan (Sichuan) Pepper
We recently expanded our herbs and spices line to include Szechuan pepper. A natural flavor enhancer for low sodium food that causes a pleasurable tingling sensation in the mouth, a little Szechuan pepper goes a long way.
The Infrared Device (IRD) is a cutting-edge technology that is natural, gentle on products, and meets FSMA “Ready to Eat” (RTE) guidelines. For those customers looking to eliminate irradiation and EtO in favor of a natural validated pathogen control option, we welcome the opportunity to provide IRD treated material.
It can be used for:
- Sterilization (alternative to irradiation, PPO, and EtO)
- Roasting and toasting
- Oil coating and adding “top note” flavors
Private Label Services
Consumers often look to store brands for value. In 2021, BCFoods will offer private labeling of our products and blends in a variety of packaging options.
Follow us on LinkedIn to know when Private Label Services become available.
Quality has always been a defining characteristic of BCFoods products, and we commit to continuing this in 2021.
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 2021, 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.
As a commercial agricultural producer, BCFoods requires thousands of acres of farm 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 have instituted key projects to not only measure our emissions but also our effects on soil and ground water in many areas throughout our supply chain. We’re proud of the actions we take to reduce our environmental impact.
With partial funding from the Knorr Sustainability Partnership Fund, BCFoods increased our efforts in 2020 to tackle the challenges of water waste, land erosion, pesticide overuse, soil and groundwater contamination, and loss of biodiversity. BCFoods is committed to a continued focus on environmental and social sustainability in 2021, and we are excited about our upcoming projects and those of our suppliers.
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 2021 to give back to our local communities and the world.
Follow us on LinkedIn to see a few of the ways we help out.
With these five promises, BCFoods is committed to meeting customer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as maintaining the high quality of our products, helping local communities, and further minimizing our environmental impact in 2021.
From all of us at BCFoods and Culinary Farms, Happy New Year!