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Food for Thought

Meet the Team: Malori Ross 

October 2022

Our team is like our spices — each vibrant, bright and unique in their own way. Some are spicy, some are sweet and some might even make you cry, but at the end of the day, they're both best when they are working together.

Today, we're highlighting Malori Ross, Spices by ofi's eCommerce Packaging Lead.

What are adulterated spices and why does it matter?

October 2022

Adulteration in food ingredients is not a new phenomenon, with Greek botanists in 200 BC raising concerns about pepper being impure. Even today, the American Spice Trade Association, has stated that “adulteration is one of the major concerns of the spice industry.” 

Meet the Team: Stephen Gallegos  

September 2022

Our team is like our spices — each vibrant, bright and unique in their own way. Some are spicy, some are sweet and some might even make you cry, but at the end of the day, they're both best when they are working together.

Today, we're highlighting Stephen Gallegos, Spices by ofi's eCommerce Sales Manager.

What is a Standard Plate Count (SPC) and what do the numbers mean?

August 2022

Standard Plate Count (SPC) is commonly used interchangeably with APC (Aerobic Plate Count) and TPC (Total Plate Count). This is described by the FDA as “intended to indicate the level of microorganism in a product.” 

Meet the Team: Sydney Stout Valla 

August 2022

Our team is like our spices — each vibrant, bright and unique in their own way. Some are spicy, some are sweet and some might even make you cry, but at the end of the day, they're both best when they are working together.

Today, we're highlighting Sydney Stout Valla, Spices by ofi's eCommerce Operations Manager.

What is the Difference Between a Spice and an Herb?

July 2022

At first, you might not be able to identify a distinct difference between a spice and a herb. We explain their unique characteristics in a quick guide.

Why Are Organic Spices Healthy for Livestock?

July 2022

Provide natural health benefits to your livestock to keep them happy and healthy! Spices for livestock can reduce your carbon footprint and improve the health of cattle.

Summer Spices For Any Dish

June 2022

Summer offers plenty of opportunities to cook something new–not to mention you get to pull out your seasonal favorites again. Why not dress these dishes up? We curated a list of the best summer spices and herbs that will effortlessly transform your dishes this season.

Exploring the health benefits of popular spices with Brightseed

June 2022

Brightseed and Spices by ofi have teamed up to explore which black pepper and garlic varieties deliver the highest levels of bioactives. Brightseed will use its Forager AI platform to identify complex molecular structures and novel compounds in these spice categories.

Intro to Manufacturing - Las Cruces

May 2022

The Spices by ofi manufacturing facility located in Las Cruces, New Mexico is the largest red chile processing plant in the world. Here, we operate 24/7 to process 1,000+ SKU's of red chiles grown in the “Hatch Valley” region.

Spices by ofi - Intro to Manufacturing

May 2022

From plant science and sustainability, to manufacturing or product formulation. We harness the category opportunities that our delicious products can combine to create. Making it real at every step, from plant to palate.

Earth Day 2022: Water Asset Management

APRIL 2022

Spices by ofi and Water Asset Management, LLC's Winnemucca Farms are proud to share our collaboration to drive sustainable onion farming outcomes this week of Earth Day 2022.

What is Neo-Pure?

APRIL 2022

To meet today’s ever-growing consumer expectations, we want to provide the highest level of food quality, safety and nutrition to our customers. This is why we've partnered with Neo-Pure, an innovative organic pasteurization technology developed by Agri-Neo, to further enhance food safety.

US Grown Farm Spotlight: Garlic

MARCH 2022


Tony Azevedo credits Stone Land Co's success in growing garlic and the company's other crops, to founder Jack Stone, son Bill Stone, general manager of the vast operation; and others, including the people "behind the scenes. They are great people - they make it work - we have very little turnover. We treat them right, and they treat us right."

Malabar Black Pepper


Malabar pepper was one of the commodities most sought after by the ancient Roman and Arab traders and later by the early European navigators. Find out why.

US Grown Farm Spotlight: Onions


The onion powder in your dressing, the diced onions in your burger and even the minced onion in your pantry. Have you ever wondered where and how it was grown? Let's explore.

New Name, Same Spices: Introducing Spices by ofi


Olam Spices is officially “Spices by ofi,” – with ofi standing for olam food ingredients. This change comes with no difference in the quality of our products. Our spices will still be as flavorful and sustainably sourced, as ever.

US Grown Farm Spotlight: Green Chiles


There is a region in the Southwestern United States where "red or green," does not just refer to the colors on a stoplight. In the state of New Mexico aka "the chile capital of the world," growers take pride in the climate, weather and 365 days of sunshine, which coincidentally produces really delicious chiles.

Domestic vs. Imported Paprika and Red Chiles


Did you know over 65% of global chile production takes place in China? We’re all aware of the upheaval in global supply chains that was exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Consider for a minute the paprika and red chiles that define so much of our cuisine in the US...

Spices in Tea


We’re looking at spices in the kettle, beyond the tradition of currant scones at half-past-four. Spice Tea exists in a space that merges history and ancient medicinal practices. Read on for mugshots (pun intended) of spices as main ingredients.   

Celebrating National Herbs & Spices Day

MAY 2021

We all know, if you want to make something delicious, you have to add an herb or spice to affect the aroma, color, flavor and heat of your dish. But have you ever wondered how to differentiate between the two?

Five Herbal Supplements for Poultry Health 

APR 2021

Just as with humans, pets, and other food-producing animals, plant-based and herbal supplements and additives for poultry have grown in popularity recently. A few trends, especially organic production and the shift away from antibiotics in animal agriculture, have supported this growth. 

Using Garlic as a Natural Fly Repellant for Your Herd

MAR 2021

On top of conventional solutions, some beef producers have turned to garlic powder as a natural product to include in their fly control program. Studies have shown that cattle fed with garlic may emit an odor through their skin and breath that can deter flies. It can be a safe, natural, easy-to-use solution, compatible with specialized diets such as grass-fed and organic. It’s also cost-effective.

Supporting Women in Northern Vietnam

MAR 2021

Ly Thị Kieu has been a cassia farmer for many years and had been depending on several middlemen in the past to sell her cassia, which meant she was often shortchanged on pricing. Find out how Olam Spices supported Ms. Kieu to grow more cassia and earn a higher premium for her products.

Five Herbal Supplements for Pet Health 

MAR 2021

Here are five health-promoting herbs for pet health that make great ingredients for all-natural pet treats and supplements. Our products offer the highest standards in sustainabilitytraceability and safety, with many organic options available.

Exploring Mexican Cuisine with Chef Danny

FEB 2021

Tacos, burritos, pozole and sopes. These are only a very small portion of dishes that come from Mexican cuisine. Today, Chef Danny Espinoza talks us through the ingredients, the dishes and the history of Mexican cusine. 

Spices Spotlight - Daniel Espinoza

FEB 2021

We are proud to introduce Olam Spices' new chef for Latin American cuisine, Daniel Espinoza. Chef Danny comes to us with years of experience in the food industry, ranging from Michelin star kitchens to recipe development labs and everything in between. 

Five Herbal Supplements for Horse Nutrition

JAN 2021

Equine health trends in recent years have focused more and more on natural remedies and ingredients. One of the main natural avenues for horse health has been through herbal supplements, as equine owners seek the benefits of a variety of aromatic plants for their horses and ponies. 

Everything to Know About GardenFrost™ Purées

JAN 2021

Olam Spices' proprietary line of GardenFrost™ purées allow product formulators and recipe developers to incorporate clean-label color and flavor into formulations without losing any functional performance in the process. Find out more about our frozen purées.

Natural Spices & Herbs Used for Animal Nutrition

DEC 2020

When we think about spices, we typically think about the way a sprinkle of a few aromatic ingredients can bring a dish to life. However, those same spices that enrich our meals can have amazing health benefits as well. And not just for people, but for animals too.

Black Pepper vs. White Pepper: what’s the difference and which is right for you?

NOV 2020

As one of the pre-eminent growers, processors and wholesale pepper suppliers in the world, Olam Spices experts are here to provide our customers with the insights and information to help them make the right choice.

Spices Spotlight - Hien Tran

OCT 2020

Hien Tran is the Regional Quality Assurance Manager at Olam Spices’ Innovation and Quality Center in Fresno, California. It is her responsibility to ensure the products that we produce are safe, high-quality and authentic. 

International Day of Rural Women

OCT 2020

To celebrate International Day of Rural Women, we’d like to highlight some of the initiatives we have created to highlight and support the hardworking women across our global supply chains.

5 Food Industry Trends Worth Watching During the Pandemic

SEPT 2020

The pandemic has significantly affected the food industry — reinforcing some trends, shifting others and reminding us how interconnected our industry is. Learn about five trends that have taken on new relevance during this time. 

Paprika, More Than Just a Pepper

SEPT 2020

In 1594, Peter Martyr wrote that the peppers brought home from North America were “more pungent than that from the Caucasus.” A simple endorsement, but from that moment on, the sweet and spicy ingredient exploded across Europe.  

Granulated Garlic vs. Garlic Powder

AUG 2020

When cooking with dried garlic products, you may have wondered when to choose garlic powder and when to choose granulated garlic. The short answer is, it depends. Here are a few factors to consider when cooking with this flavorful spice.

Growing Responsibly: Sustainable California Garlic

AUG 2020

Sustainability has been top of mind for consumers and businesses, but what does it mean to be sustainable in terms of food? It means better growing practices, sustainable packaging, sustainable supply chains, etc. Let’s explore.

Cooking with Garlic: Easy Recipes and Tips

JUL 2020

All chefs understand the importance of garlic. Its sharp, pungent flavor can bring a dish from bland to bold, making it a secret weapon ingredient. To bring you some inspiration, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks on cooking with garlic to get you started. 

Garlic health and wellness benefits

JUN 2020

Garlic is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world. It can be used fresh or dried and is recognized for its distinct, pungent flavor. But did you know, for centuries, long before garlic fried rice or garlic knots, it was revered for its medicinal purposes?

Your guide to specialty peppers

JUN 2020

With all the delicious peppers Olam Spices offers, you may find it difficult to select the right pepper (or peppers) for your recipes. That’s why we're here to help.

California garlic: the most flavorful garlic in the world

JUN 2020

Considering the word “flavorful,” can be subjective, we had a third-party study done to define the characteristics of “quality garlic to settle once and for all, where does the most flavorful garlic come from ⁠— California or China? 

3 benefits of using dried onion and garlic

MAY 2020

Garlic and onions are some of the most universal ingredients in the world. Their distinct flavor is used in almost every cuisine and can be found in practically every restaurant and home around the world. Although most people think of these Alliums in their fresh state, they’re also just as impactful dried.

Is your garlic peanut-free?

APR 2020

Depending on where your garlic is sourced, there may be peanut residue in your garlic ingredients. How does cross-contact between garlic and peanuts occur? Let’s dive in...

Why traceable garlic matters: The difference between US and Chinese garlic supply chains

APR 2020

More than likely, the garlic you’re consuming is Chinese garlic. According to the United Nations Comtrade data in 2018, the United States imported around 199 million pounds of fresh and 155 million pounds of dried garlic. The overwhelming majority of it was sourced from China, but it hasn’t always been that way.

For decades, the garlic consumed in America was largely grown and processed in the United States until the American market became flooded with Chinese imports — driven primarily by lower prices and limited public knowledge about Chinese garlic growing and processing operations.

Why should food manufacturers and restaurants use frozen purées?

MAR 2020

Consumers crave fresh flavor. Whether they’re eating a frozen entrée or dipping into the signature aioli at their favorite burger spot. So, how do food manufacturers and restaurants ensure that they get the same fresh flavor year-round? Meet GardenFrost™ soft-frozen purées.

 How is virus-free garlic produced?

FEB 2020

Olam Spices’ proprietary, virus-free program helps us produce healthy, consistently delicious, non-GMO garlic. Managed by our experts from seed-to-factory, our comprehensive California grown garlic products offer full-traceability, superior flavor and unrivaled food safety.

 How could the coronavirus impact your garlic supply?

FEB 2020

If the outbreak escalates, there could be restrictions on the movement and consumption of food from China. As China produces more than 80% of the world’s traded garlic, the situation could cause a major disruption in the world’s supply. 

 Is Garlic The Next Antibiotic For Livestock?

OCT 2019

Did you know that more than 80% of all antibiotic use in the United States is not by humans but by livestock?

Jay's Beef: A Homegrown Chicago Institution Made Possible With California Garlic

SEP 2019

 Jay’s Beef is a family-owned and operated restaurant based in Chicago, Illinois offering Italian beef sandwiches in a no-fuss setting for more than four decades.

Will the Chinese Tariffs Affect My Spice Order? What You Need to Know About How Your Onion & Garlic Sourcing Will Change 

SEP 2019

Are you worried about how your ingredient sourcing will be affected by the Chinese tariffs? You aren’t alone. Find out how the market is responding to the tariffs.

What’s In Season? Check Out the Olam Spices Harvest Calendar

AUG 2019

Our spices come in a comprehensive range and variety, and each piece size is designed to suit a range of tastes, dishes, and flavor profiles. If you’re interested in learning more about the seasonality of our spices, check out our spices harvest calendar.

Bulk Spices 101: What You Need To Know Before Buying

AUG 2019

Today, companies in the food industry are doing more to share the journey of their products throughout the supply chain to communicate quality, consistency, and flavor. But how do you decide which factors are the most important to monitor when sourcing bulk spices for your products? 

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