Which is Best – Electric or Manual Spice Grinders?

When it comes to spice grinders, consumers have two choices – electric and manual. Electric grinders are not normally associated specifically with spice, however, they are still sometimes used by consumers who already own grinders that are used for coffee and other non-spice products. Manual grinders are typically associated with salt, pepper and other course spices. They are commonly purchased and used, usually in individual bottles containing the specific type of spice.

How do these compare and will electric grinders ever offer an alternative to manual spice grinders that affects sales of the latter?

Electric vs Manual Spice Grinders

There are a few key differences between these two spice grinders. Application, cleaning and overall quality of the spice are the main considerations when comparing the two. Here are the differences worth noting.

Electric

Electric grinders come in the form of grinder attachments that fit onto blends or separate, small electric grinders. They are not commonly made for spice specifically. Most are made and used to grind coffee. The average consumer will not only use the grinder for coffee, however. They will also grind many other ingredients, including whole oats, rice, sugar, seeds, nuts, and even herbs. Although this makes electric grinders versatile if whole spices are also ground along with various other ingredients, this is not always ideal. Over time, electric grinders tend to develop a build-up of items that are ground. If coffee is ground most frequently, ground ingredients may begin to taste and smell like coffee over time. Grinder blades and the metal bowl need to be cleaned frequently and even if they are cleaned, this build-up can still occur. Another downside is the fact they require electricity to be used. With loadshedding still a major concern in South Africa, this can be frustrating if grinders cannot be used.

Manual

Not counting pestles and mortars, manual grinders come in the form of bottles – PET or glass – and grinder tops. These are sold in individual bottles and used in their bottles. Many can be used again with the help of refill sachets. They are still not mixed with other spices or ingredients. This means that the flavour and smell are not affected. Customers can grind pepper or salt, fill their grinders when the spice runs out and then expect a fresh, pure flavour and scent. Grinder bottles can be cleaned and used for other products (even non-spice items). Glass bottles will not be susceptible to build-up if cleaned properly. It is easy to clean and can be recycled frequently. The fact that manual grinders are small, compact and sold at market-related low prices in supermarkets and various other stores is another advantage. They can be kept on spice racks and used as needed, without any need for plug points or power.

In most cases, consumers will have both types of grinder. The demand for manual grinders will never go away, however. As more small-scale spice manufacturers emerge, there is a growing consumer need for good quality products.

Sourcing grinders and bottles from a trusted ISO certified supplier such as Global Grinder is the best way to ensure that your spice grinders remain a staple for your customers.

How Spice Grinder Quality Impacts Your Business Reputation

You may not associate spice grinder quality with your business reputation. But, just as the quality of your products matter, so does the quality of the packaging. Today, there is an abundant number of spice manufacturers. These include small companies specialising in specific niches, such as seasoned salts. They also include large-scale commercial companies that manufacture and sell an extensive collection of salt, pepper, herbs and spices. Whatever the size of the business, reputation is a major factor in business success. This is the deciding factor on whether a customer will purchase your spice grinders. It also determines how your customers speak about you, online and in person.

The Impact of Spice Grinder Quality

Poor quality spice grinders have a direct effect on your reputation. Some of the ways that poor quality grinders can affect the way that customers view your business include the following:

Product freshness.

Grinders and bottles should be made from materials that have been quality tested extensively. Even the slightest drop in quality can result in spices losing their freshness. Although most commercial-grade seasoning can last on the shelf and in kitchens, spices start to lose their flavour as time progresses. Packaging that allows any air to enter the bottle can cause spices to degrade quickly. Bottles and grinders without tamper-proof linings do not seal in freshness, even if the final product is sealed with a plastic covering. When spices and herbs lose their flavour, customers are unlikely to purchase from your company again. If they purchase products that have been sitting on the shelf, they may find that the products have very little flavour. This can very quickly lead to complaints – to your customer care line or on social media.

Product defects.

In addition to keeping spices fresh for as long as possible, the grinders, flip top closures and bottles need to be made to high standards, too. Bottles should be made of high-quality PET rather than cheap plastic that easily warps. Glass should be fully recyclable and strong enough to last for endless refills. Grinders should work easily without jamming over time. Sprinklers should be made of high-grade material, with hinges that do not easily break. Defects in the grinders and bottles will lead to complaints. As most spice companies do not offer returns, the responsibility lies with the store that the customer has purchased the product from. If this happens frequently, the store can decide to pull your products. This can also happen in the case of spices that frequently lose their freshness before their best before date.

Customer expectations.

Today’s customer has very high expectations. Due to the wide choice of spice manufacturers on the market at present, customers have more choice than ever. If a customer is not happy with a new product they have tried, they will often simply not bother to purchase from that brand again. They may complain if they find problems with the product, such as poor flavour. Complaints made on social media platform or poor reviews left on Google or other platforms do not go away. Even if you respond to every complaint, you run the risk of losing potential customers and alienating current customers. In most cases, unhappy customers simply do not purchase again. Over time, this results in a poor level of customer retention. This has a knock-on effect, resulting in your company developing a reputation as a cheap yet poor quality manufacturer.

Global Grinders is a world-renowned manufacturer of premium, ISO certified grinders, bottles and closures. We have a long-standing history and a strong presence across South Africa, Europe and the United States. Thanks to our constant commitment to quality, our customers always have full peace of mind that they are purchasing spice grinders that meet even the highest standards.

The Importance of Recyclable Spice Grinders

As a manufacturer of spices, partnering with a supplier that provides recyclable spice grinders is essential. In today’s world, plastic production has reached massive levels. Pollution has become a global crisis. Cheap, non-recyclable plastics very quickly end up in landfills, before being released into rivers, oceans and other ecosystems. Even glass can end up in landfills, rather than being recycled. Beyond the environmental impact of non-recyclable spice grinders, there are many other factors that make sustainability a major concern.

 

Wholesale Spice Grinders and Sustainability

The primary ways that sustainability should be top of mind when choosing wholesale spice grinders include the following:

Environmental impact

As we briefly mentioned above, the effect of plastics and other non-recyclable or reusable materials has been devastating. From a global perspective, non-consumables have resulted in major pollution – not just in urban areas but also in protected areas. Plastics especially put entire ecosystems at risk, affecting wildlife, marine life, birdlife, and natural environments. When choosing plastic grinder bottles, always choose bottles made of PET. These can be recycled and pose a far reduced risk to the environment compared to other types of plastics. Glass bottles are also an excellent choice, as glass can be recycled over and over again.

Global compliance

Sustainability goes beyond the environment. There are many regulations concerning the use of disposable materials that cannot be recycled. Although it is not technically illegal to use bottles or grinder tops that cannot be fully recycled, you may need to comply with certain regulations if you are seeking ISO certification or other globally recognised quality certification. Failure to comply with any requirements regarding sustainability may end up preventing you from achieving certification.

Business reputation

Even if sustainability is not required for compliance, it will certainly affect the way that your customers perceive your business. As consumers become more aware of their environmental footprint and services such as composting and recycling become the norm, a growing number of consumers are choosing products according to their commitment to sustainability. In many cases, non-recyclable product containers and packaging are associated with cheap, once-off products rather than quality products that have values aligned with consumers. When sustainability is taken seriously and included within brand values and mission, there is a far better chance of increasing business reputation and developing a loyal consumer base. Sustainable products can also attract new customers who are seeking products that are fully sustainable, from spices to bottles, grinders and packaging.

At Global Grinders, we are committed to providing the best quality products while ensuring sustainability at all times. View our product brochure to find out more about our recyclable, premium quality wholesale spice grinders.

Choosing the Best Wholesale Pepper Grinders

Whether you are looking for wholesale pepper grinders for your restaurant or retail business, choosing the right grinder is essential. At a glance, grinders may all seem the same. Unlike flip-top closures, grinders are designed for coarser spices such as pepper. Grinders are specifically made for whole peppercorns, grinding them to a consistency into smaller particles. Choosing the right wholesale pepper grinders comes down to whether you want a finer or coarser grind or a variable grind.

Choosing Wholesale Pepper Grinders

There are two main types of grinder: regular and adjustable. Here’s how each type of wholesale pepper grinders compares.

Regular

Regular grinders are made to grind whole peppercorns into medium particles that can be distributed evenly over food during serving or into food during cooking. Global Grinders offers a selection of grinders in this category. These include our Elegant, Classic, EcoClassic, EcoGrand, Gourmet, and Ecoline grinders. These grinders deliver a perfect grind every time, making them ideal for restaurants, retail, guest houses, events, and various other purposes. Other coarse spices and seasoning can be used in these grinders as well, including salt and flavoured peppers.

Adjustable

As the name implies, adjustable grinders have more flexibility. These grinders have a mechanism that allows consumers to switch between fine and coarse grinds by adjusting the grinder. They are a great option for restaurants especially, as they give diners more choice for seasoning. Global Grinders offers a range of adjustable grinders, including Inline Adjustable and Elegant Adjustable grinders. We also offer the Eco Gourmet Adjustable Dial grinder, that offers a choice of 3 grind settings – fine, medium and coarse. This grinder has a clear lid that displays the adjustment lever.

Choosing the best grinder will ultimately come down to your specific requirements as well as your end-user. If you are in the catering industry, you may consider adjustable grinders, as they offer more variation for diners who may have different preferences when it comes to food seasoning. Offering grinders that offer variation can help your restaurant or cafe deliver a better dining experience by offering customers the ability to choose their own grind to flavour their meals the way they prefer. If you are a spice manufacturer or supplier, you may consider offering both types of grinder. In this case, your market is end-users, who typically use seasoning in the home environment. Some users may prefer consistent grinds while others may prefer a choice of grinds.

Whichever type of grinder you choose, Global Grinders is the best place to purchase premium quality grinders that are made according to the highest quality standards. Contact us today to find out more about ordering wholesale pepper grinders.

Global Grinders’ Ozone Sanitising Chamber

Global Grinders’ invests in latest Covid19 sanitising technology to help curb the spread.

As we all know, the global COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented shock for businesses across the globe. Some have closed down almost entirely, whilst others are continuing to operate with some staff working from home. Fortunately, Global Grinders has been able to maintain this essential manufacturing service throughout the lockdown which began in March 2020.

The food packaging industry plays a vital role in the food supply chain and we are pleased that we could remain operational during this challenging period. Without reliable packaging supplies, this sector would grind to a halt.

Everyone has had to get used to new ways of working but in many ways the adaptations required in a manufacturing environment are greater than most and for this we thank our staff for all the extra effort they have offered.

We have risen to this challenge by introducing intensive training, strict social distancing and additional hygiene measures in our factory, to ensure that operations run safely. More importantly, we have ensured that the safety and wellbeing of all our staff remains our main priority.

As an additional measure to help curb the spread, we have recently installed a High Tech Ozone Chamber, where all of our products are moved through, in order to sanitise before despatching. Each carton will be marked with a label stating that it has been through the sanitising process, for your peace of mind.

OUR NEWLY COMPLETED AND OPERATIONAL OZONE CHAMBER

We wish to thank all of our valued customers for their patience and support during these trying times.

TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE!

Health benefits of black pepper

Some foods are considerably healthier than others from a nutritional point of view and healthcare professionals and nutritionists consider certain foods to be extra beneficial, a case in point being black pepper. It is not only a useful flavouring element but a rich source of minerals and nutrients. Most of all, it’s easy to incorporate black pepper into your diet. If you are a fitness enthusiast looking to lose weight quickly, then you need to add black pepper to your daily menu.

Black pepper is a versatile product that stimulates senses, taste buds and affects many body systems positively. The thermogenic features increase the metabolism and strength and therefore boost physical and psychological capacity. There are plenty of benefits surrounding this spice and this is the reason why our ancestors had named it the ‘King of Spice’.

Used in Ayurveda Medicine

Ayurveda remedies frequently contain this seasoning for its health benefits. Black pepper, in combination with substances like castor oil or ghee, can be used as an appetite stimulant, a breathing aid and a cough therapy.

Good for Digestion

Raw black pepper releases hydrochloric acid in the stomach and thus aids digestion. Hydrochloric acid can help you clean your intestines and helps in barricading other gastrointestinal disorders. So don’t forget to add a pinch of black pepper to all of your food.

Rich in Vitamins and Minerals

The nutritional content of black pepper is far more diverse than you might think. The innocuous looking substance is known to contain a generous quantity of vitamin A and is rich in vitamins C and K. Other nutrients in black pepper include Thiamin, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Folic acid, Choline, Copper, calcium etc.

HELPS in Weight Loss

The wonderful spice helps to lose weight and you can add it to green tea 2-3 times a day. This is because the spice contains a rich content of phytonutrients that contributes to the destruction of excess fat. This increases the metabolism of the body as well.

Can aid in the prevention of Cancer

Black pepper combined with turmeric is believed to aid in the prevention of cancer. It can be consumed in the form of milk by combining with turmeric. The combination with turmeric adds antioxidants, vitamin A and carotenoids.

Treats Skin Problems

The “King of Spices” is said to prevent skin pigmentation (Vitiligo). A condition which causes white patches on your skin. Though there are many medicines available in the market to restore your skin colour, a simple remedy like black pepper can protect your skin from any sort of skin pigmentation and helps maintain the original colour of your skin.

So, for both taste and wellness, remember to add a little sprinkle of this wonderful spice to your meal. Make sure you only use the purest and most natural black pepper powder because it will not only make a tremendous difference to the flavour of your food but also to your health.

Why Choose Adjustable Spice Grinders?

As their name suggests, adjustable spice grinders can be set to provide coarse and fine grinds or control the dispensing rate delivery ie from minimum to regular and maximum particles dispensed. Unlike fixed grinder tops, this type of grinder offers more control by the user.

At Global Grinders, we offer a selection of adjustable grinders, including the following:

  1. Inline Adjustable. This grinder top has an inline design that gives it a straight, simple look. This grinder has fine and coarse grind abilities with a push-pull function. Its slim design allows it to fit on retail shelves universally in a space saving fashion.
  2. Elegant Adjustable. This grinder top has a rounded designed. It also features the patented push-push adjustment for alternating between fine and coarse grinds. This grinder is robust, and aesthetically pleasing,
  3. Eco Gourmet (Triple) Adjustable Dial. This grinder has a three setting mechanism. Providing the user the ability to control the dispensing rate between ‘minimum’, ‘regular’ and ‘maximum’ particles dispensed. This grinder has a clear lid to easily show the gear adjustment lever.

When would you select this type of spice grinder over a fixed grinder? What criteria should you consider when choosing adjustable grinders? Keep reading to find out when and how to select an adjustment grinder.

How to Choose Adjustable Spice Grinders

Ultimately, the type of spice grinder you choose will come down to how and where you plan to use your grinders. Customers purchasing grinders in bulk may be buying grinders to sell spices in the retail environment, for use in the catering environment, events environment or even in industrial kitchens. The type of grinder top to choose will, therefore, depend on the environment as well as your company’s individual requirements. It will also come down to the type of spice or herbs that will be used in the grinder. Some tips for choosing this type of grinder include the following:

Consider the type of spice or herb.

The spices that are suited to these types of grinders, include salt and pepper, both of which can easily be consumed as a finer or a coarser grind. Herbs or spices that are softer than salt and pepper will benefit greatly from the two or three stage adjustability. Offering the consumers the ability to choose between varying grinds will add greater value to the final packaged product

Global Grinders offer a wide range of grinders, in addition to our adjustable grinder range. View our complete range to find the spice grinders and bottles you need, all in one place.

Spice & Seasoning Flip Top Sprinklers/ Flapper Cap Closures – Teaspoon, 5 hole, 7 Hole or 19 Hole?

Choosing the right flip top (flapper cap) closures comes down to the type of seasoning you are packaging. A dual flip top can often be a good choice for medium sized particles that can be poured or sprinkled. For finer herbs and spices, a sprinkler top is often a better choice, however. For larger particles, a teaspoon top would be more effective.

Keep reading to find out which type of spice, seasoning closure to choose to ensure that your herbs and spices can be poured without blockages or issues.

Choosing Spice/Seasoning Flip Top Closures (Flapper caps)

With so many different herbs and spices on the market, choosing flip top closures is not always straight-forward. When placing bulk orders, it is always best to be absolutely certain about which type of closure you will need, to avoid one that does not adequately pour or sprinkle seasonings. Each type of closure is designed with a specific size of particle in mind. The contents of your spice bottle will, therefore, be the deciding factor on which closure to choose.

If you have coarse seasoning…

Coarse seasonings such as rosemary, garlic flakes, whole cloves, star aniseed, dried and crushed chillis or whole cinnamon are best suited to a teaspoon closure. These closures have an open top that allows easy pouring. These are no segments for spice or herbs to get stuck and using the seasoning will be far easier for end-users.

If you have medium particle seasoning…

For seasonings that are not considered fine but not coarse either, both the teaspoon closure and the 7 hole sprinklers will be ideal. While the teaspoon closure allows seasonings to be poured, the 5 hole and 7 hole sprinklers allow for even distribution of seasoning over food. The holes are large enough to allow particles to easily fit through without the risk of getting stuck or lumped together. This sprinkler is ideal for dried parsley, mixed herbs, basil, coriander seeds, finely crushed chilli, and curry mixes with large and small particles.

If you have fine seasoning…

Fine seasonings, such as ground pepper, fine salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, paprika, and various other ground spice are best suited to the 19 hole sprinkler. This sprinkler has multiple small openings to allow for even distribution over food. Spices are distributed through these small holes without clumping or overpouring, meaning that there is less risk of seasonings pouring out too fast. Using a teaspoon or 7 hole sprinkler for very fine seasoning can end up making it harder to sprinkle spices over food.

At Global Grinders, we offer a wide range of flip top closures (flapper caps) to meet your needs. We offer standard closure sizes as well as economy sizes for the catering industry. Browse our full range of spice grinder flip top closures to learn more about what we offer.

Global Grinders Tours Southern France

During a business trip in early spring our European sales manager had the opportunity to visit some of our customers and their impressive facilities. She toured the saltpans on Brittany’s coastline, including the Guérande salt marshes.

The area is famous for the “salt eyes” which are formed from the clay and salt water filled pans that reflect the sky looking like little scattered eyes. Here they harvest the very exclusive “Fleur de sel” the “crème de la crème” of the saltpans where sauniers – the local term for salt harvesters, rake salt from shallow waters in an ancient tradition practiced almost nowhere else in the world.

The salt harvest commences in June and continues throughout summer. Age old artisanal methods and technology are still in use to harvest approximately 12000 mt of salt a year.

Great care is taken to conserve the nature and natural bird life in the wetlands including controlling the volume of tourists.

We wish all our clients many more successful years ahead and continued growth.

Thank you to all who took part and who met with us, the hospitality was truly appreciated.

Wholesale Spice Grinders & Food Safety

Choosing wholesale spice grinders involves a number of decisions, ranging from pricing and product range all the way to overall quality. Something that is not always considered is the supplier’s ability to meet local and international regulations. Food safety is something that no spice seller can afford to ignore, however. Failing to take such regulations into account can end up making it far harder to grow your business. In many cases, it is illegal to sell products without taking basic regulations into account. To help you get a better idea of what to look for when choosing wholesale spice grinders, we have prepared a list of best practices.

Choosing Regulation-Approved Wholesale Spice Grinders

To ensure that your product meets the often stringent food safety requirements, it is essential to invest in wholesale spice grinders that meet basic regulations. Your grinder supplier should be able to offer the following:

ISO certification.

ISO certification is essential to be fully sure that the supplier meets the often stringent criteria required in the food sector. Without certification, there is no way to provide any type of guarantee to customers that your product meets these criteria. The standard that is most relevant for packaging such as grinder bottles is FSSC 22000. This standard was designed to ensure consumer trust in the supply of safe food and drinks. The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification presents a framework that manages food safety responsibilities. This standard is fully recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is designed according to existing ISO standards.

Tamper-proof liners.

Another thing that is essential for quality, freshness and food safety is tamper-proof induction liners. Without these, spices, salt and pepper sold in bottles can be exposed to air, liquids and contaminates. Liners provide additional protection and also help to seal in freshness so that products can stay on the shelves up until their expiry date. Ground spices are susceptible to clumping and moisture absorption, making liners especially important to prevent loss of flavour. When spices are no longer fresh, there is a far higher risk of losing reputation and future sales.

Testing and assurance.

Finally, regular testing and quality assurance is also essential when choosing grinders and spice bottles. Suppliers that are ISO certified are required to undergo routine testing as part of the certification process, meaning that quality tests are done on a regular basis. This helps to identify potential improvements and continually improve the quality of the bottles and grinders. For you, this means the best possible way to store and package your spices. You will then be able to pass down this assurance to your customers, who have full peace of mind that you are bringing them a high-quality product.

At Global Grinders, we offer a large range of fully certified, industry-approved grinders and bottles to suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our wholesale spice grinders.