The company reported that it has received organic certification for its facilities in Denver and Michigan, which will allow it to expand its portfolio of naturally derived ingredients. Kalsec®, Inc. announced that its Denver City, TX facility has been certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO), a leader in organic certification. The Kalamazoo, Michigan production facility received its organic certification from OTCO in 2015. The certification meets the standards of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) and the European Union.
Achieving such organic certifications allows Kalsec® to expand its portfolio of ingredients of natural origin to meet the growing demand for pure ingredients. “This is an achievement that all employees can be proud of,” said Scott Nykaza, president and chief operating officer. According to Innova Market Insights, last year approximately one in ten new packaged foods and beverages globally fell into the organic segment.
The Organic Trade Association indicated that sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States broke another record in 2014, totaling $39.1 billion, up 11.3% from the previous year.
The Denver-based plant specializes in growing, harvesting, dehydrating and extracting bell peppers, rosemary and carrots, as well as specialty herbs and spices. The center is a leader in the industry of natural ingredients, innovative and sustainable processing procedures with the production of pressed spices and plant extracts. The product line includes extracts Chile specialty foods such as ancho, pepper, chipotle, ghost, guajillo, habanero, jalapeño and pasilla.
Kalsec is the world’s leading producer of natural spices and extracts flavored herbs, colors, antioxidants and advanced products for the food and beverage industry. For more than 50 years, Kalsec has consistently provided high-quality, innovative and ingredient solutions that help develop better products. Kalsec is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia.