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The word spice refers to any dried part of a plant other than the leaves, and is used for seasoning and food coloring. Spices are made from dried barks, roots, berries and twigs, while green leafy parts of plants are considered herbs. Well known examples include cinnamon, chilies, star anise, ginger, turmeric or pepper as well as pre-mixed blends such as Masala, Five-Spice Powder or Old Bay.

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Pillow bag vertical packing machine

When packaging products such as seeds, cereal, snacks, candies, nuts, tea, dried fruits...

Flexible chocolate tablet wrapping machine

In the overcrowded and competitive confectionery industry, attractive chocolate...

Freeze drying system for berries

Delicate structure and high moisture levels make it difficult to dry berries while remainin...

Vacuum belt dryer for instant drinks

Drying powders and granules for instant soups and drinks requires special attention pa...

Vacuum cabinet dryer for functional foods

When drying heat sensitive products such as vitamins and herbals, a vacuum syste...

Milling and drying machine for fine powders

When you need to produce ultra-fine powders, the milling and drying process em...

Flash drying grinder for powders

Drying and grinding can be an important feature when trying to process products such as raw...

Metal detector for spices

Free-fall applications, such us flour, sugar, spices and other granulated or powdered foodstuffs o...

Infrared rotating drum dryer

Traditional drying methods are often slow and can actively damage ingredients, reducing the fin...

Grinder for spices and coffee

Gentle grinding of coffee down to all grades from coarse to fine requires high precision proce...

Entry level HFFS Machine for flat sachets

Traditional horizontal form fill and seal sachet machines for lower volume lines...

High-Speed Pouch Packaging Machine

For large scale production of powders and liquids in a wide range of industry sectors, a...

Medicinal plant extraction machine

Traditional methods for extracting active compounds from medicinal plants or herbs use h...

Blow off system for containers

Packaging powders into plastic or glass containers often leaves a residue that needs to be re...

Continuous vacuum belt dryer

For gently drying liquid concentrates into granulates or powders, a vacuum drying solution is t...

Evaporation plant for the recovery of extracts

Bespoke evaporation plants using the latest plate evaporation technology ca...

Extraction plant for natural ingredients

Bespoke extraction plants using the latest technology can improve your efficiency ...

Pilot evaporation plant for the recovery of extracts

For development of concentrates of extracts based on water or ethano...

Pilot extraction plant for natural ingredients

Before purchasing a full-scale extraction plant you need to exactly determi...

belt freeze dryer

Continuous belt freeze dryer

Freeze drying is the most gentle and aroma protective method of drying, widely used in the coff...

Infrared rotating drum steriliser

Sterilisation of foodstuffs is vital to maintain uncompromising standards of hygiene and ...

Compact shrink sleeve applicator

Adding tamper prevention to product packaging can be expensive and difficult to set up. Thi...

Shop coffee bean grinder

Do you want to grind your beans on-site at your coffee shop, but are you limited for space? Bench-to...

Destoner for coffee beans

When you are roasting and grinding your own coffee beans, destoning is an essential step to gain f...

Hammer mill for coffee beans

Being able to obtain an on-point grinding is easily achievable with these hammer mills, from co...

Stone mill for coffee beans

Traditional milling of coffee beans or seeds, with a stationary bedstone and a turning runner st...

Small batch filter press for oil seeds

Getting a high-quality oil filtration can be a challenging task,  with a filtration ...

Nut roaster

Nut roaster that guarantees a high-quality roasting of nuts and seeds with a batching capacity of 40 and 120 kg, d...

Cold oil press for seeds

With a cold oil press, you can optimize the process of extracting oil from a wide variety of oil see...

Basic mixer for granular foods

Straightforward blending solution for mixtures of beans, nuts, berries & powdered foods, ...

Laboratory zigzag classifier

An up-stream classifier that separates different compounds with any precision of cut in the ran...

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When selecting production equipment for a production plant, it is important to talk to someone with experience in your field. Our industry experts have experience with various industrial applications. We’d love to help you!
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When producing spices for export compliance with various legal requirements on food safety, hygiene, traceability and control are essential. Due to continuing problems with high levels of pesticides, aflatoxins and food additives, as well as salmonella contamination, it is likely that controls will become stricter in the future.

Production processes involved in making spices

Gentle drying or dehydration methods, like infrared drying or microwave vacuum drying, are used to reduce moisture content and ensure shelf life, while maintaining aromas, volatile oils, and colour. Classification, cutting, and grinding processes are challenged by temperature changes, wear and explosion risks. Cryogenic grinding techniques with nitrogen or conditioned air, help to minimize loss of essential oils while grinding at sub zero temperatures. Spice mixes and blends require gentle mixing and homogenization to create dust-free, uniform, free flowing batches but also blend up liquids such as oils, fat and other extracts.

Producing Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of the tree species from the genus Cinnamomum, and is known for its brown colour and sweet aroma and flavour. Shoots are first scraped with a semicircular blade and then rubbed with a brass rod to loosen the bark, which is split with a knife and peeled. The peels are telescoped one into another, forming a quill. After this, they are left to dry naturally for 4-5 days. However, true cinnamon thrives in a warm, wet climate thus it is necessary to use a mechanical dryer to complete the drying process.

Sterilization of Peppercorns

Peppercorns are the unripe fruit of the piper nigrum plant. Collected fruits are immersed in boiling water for about 10 minutes, which causes them to turn dark brown or black in an hour. The softened outer coating is then removed by washing and rubbing or trampling. The whole peppercorns, when ground, yield black pepper. To reduce microbial load on peppers, such as TPC, E.coli, salmonella, yeast, mold, Infrared drying technology can be used for sterilization while avoiding overheating and loss of essential oils.

Filling, dosing and spice packaging technology

Powder characteristics such as particle density, flowability, dustiness and segregation tendency will determine the type of dosing and filling systems suitable for your product. Uniformity of a final blend or mixture is needed to guarantee the ingredient ratio. Whether you would like to pack your spices into small stick-packs, stand up pouches, containers or jars, it’s important to find a solution that matches your production process and scale. Apart from different form fill and sealing or bagging solutions, our partners also have interesting solutions for quality control, labeling and transport.

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Sterilization and drying of chili peppers

Steam sterilizer for spices and food explained

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