Sensient Natural Ingredients (SNI, Turlock, CA) has introduced California-grown organic garlic. Joining SNI’s growing portfolio of USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) certified and Non-GMO (genetically modified organism) Project Verified organic products, the organic garlic meets the rigorous standards of Certasure, Sensient’s promise for quality organic products.
“The newly launched Certasure program is our way of bringing transparency and authenticity to the organic products we grow,” said Ryan Goularte, SNI general manager. “Today’s organic supply chain is highly fragmented, not always consistent in product performance or availability, and is often opaque in its sources. At Sensient, we add value to our customers by delivering an organic product that meets expected quality standards year in and year out while ensuring that the end consumer can trust their labels for an authentic and sustainable organic supply chain.
“When Sensient created Certasure, our goal was to build a vertically integrated production line that was more than in-factory, processing guidelines,” Goularte continued. “Certasure starts from the ground up, with the first decisions we make centered around soil selection and seed development. From there, our garlic seed is propagated through a conventional breeding program, planted and harvested by our own employees, dehydrated and packed at our dedicated facilities, and then run through our rigorous quality and testing protocols.”
To ensure the best quality garlic from seed to shelf, Sensient’s Certasure process:
- Ensures the organic status of the growing area
- Provides dedicated organic personnel to monitor our crops, as well as those grown in close proximity
- Avoids allergens, such as peanuts, as part of crop rotation
- Builds partnerships with experienced organic growers which are dedicated to furthering organic growing practices
- Prohibits synthetic pesticides and monitors potential threats to organic farming practices
“Sensient works closely with our organic growers, many with whom we have had relationships for more than 20 years,” said Tony Rutherford, superintendent operations at SNI. “Our long-term partners in conventional crop production also have an extensive background in organic production. It takes years to build these relationships, so we really treasure our growers and the network we built in the agricultural community.”
In addition to Non-GMO Project verification, SNI’s California-grown garlic, onion and parsley lines meet BRC Global Standards and are certified kosher, halal and gluten-free.
For more information, visit www.sensientnaturalingredients.com.