EHL Ingredients, a leading importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world, has launched eight new organic blends in time for Organic September – five seasonings and three stuffing mixes. The new herb and spice blends, inspired by flavours from the Americas, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Britain, are the first in a series of in-demand, organic additions to EHL’s popular range of seasonings and marinades.
The blends include Barbecue, Mediterranean style, Pepper, lemon and herb, Caribbean style, and spicy Mexican, which can be rubbed onto meat, sprinkled over vegetables, or added to burger mixes, coatings and breadcrumbs.
EHL has also created three new organic stuffing blends: Onion and mixed herb, Garlic, tomato and herb, and Sultana, lemon and mixed spice. The stuffing mixes add flavour and texture to traditional roast dinners and Mediterranean style dishes.
The blends are ideal for food manufacturers and meat processors to add to Mediterranean, Caribbean, American and Mexican style dishes, including soups, stews, tagines, chilli and curry dishes, BBQ foods and British roast dinners, as well as for vegetarian and vegan starters and main meals, or as additions to meat dishes.
Food manufacturers and processors looking to create quality organic dishes, which are also allergen-free, for supermarket shelves or foodservice outlets should start stocking up on these versatile new blends in time for Organic September.
According to The Soil Association, UK sales of organic products increased by four per cent last year and shoppers spent an extra £1.4 million a week on organic products, year on year. The research also revealed that retailers have indicated that shoppers are becoming more and more health conscious, and organic products offer answers to questions about food quality and provenance.
Tasneem Backhouse, sales director at EHL Ingredients, says: “Our conventional ingredient blends are performing well since their launch last year and, following customer demand and several months of research and development, we are now able to offer a selection of these popular organic herb and spice blends and mixes.
“We’re aiming for our organic blends to provide inspiration for food manufacturers to create end products to meet market trends and consumer demand for quality, international organic dishes, especially in the run up to Organic September.
“We’re delighted with the continued growth of our organic ingredients and products and we put our success in the organic arena down to several key factors – health benefits, an increase in consumer awareness, education on organic foods and healthier eating, and the consistent high quality of our products.
“It’s important for food manufacturers to stay one step ahead and use popular, quality organic products that consumers will love and buy time and again.
“With Organic September boosting awareness of the benefits and availability of organic foods, and with The Soil Association predicting more opportunities for future growth, we look forward to strengthening our position in this burgeoning marketplace and we would expect to see a further five per cent increase in sales of our organic ingredients during the remainder of 2015.”
All blends are formulated on-site in EHL’s new product development kitchen using high quality organic ingredients from trusted suppliers around the globe. These eight new additions take EHL’s blends range to 30 in total.
As well as the new organic blends, EHL stocks around 200 organic ingredients, including herbs and spices, beans, lentils and peas, herbs, nuts and dried fruits, seeds and flakes, grains and rice, oils, vinegars, salts, sugars and syrups, as well as other ingredients such as flour, honey and fruit concentrates.
It also offers bespoke organic herb and spice blends which can be sold as ready-made mixes or marinades. Its products are available to food manufacturers and meat processors, wholesalers and cash and carries, 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.