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.

Commonly Asked Wholesale Spice Grinder Questions

If you have recently started a spice business or you are ordering wholesale spice grinder sets for the first time, you may have a number of questions. We have put together some of the most commonly asked questions that will help make it easier to choose the bottles and grinder or flip-top lids that are best suited to your needs. Keep reading to find out more about the commonly asked wholesale spice grinder questions we are asked on a regular basis.

Everything You Need to Know About Wholesale Spice Grinders

Some of the most important things that you should know about wholesale spice grinders are answered by the following questions.

How do I choose the right size?

At Global Grinders, we offer numerous sizes of bottle. Ultimately, the best way to determine the right size is to consider your requirements. If you are selling salt, pepper, and spices in a retail environment, standard sizes are likely the best option as they will fit onto shelves. Bulk spices are best sold in larger bottles, while industries such as catering may also do better with larger sized bottles if a large volume of salt, pepper or spice is used on a regular basis.

What about flip-top closures?

Flip-top closures are used for finer grained spices and salt, as well as herbs. No grinding is required. Instead, the closure is fitted with a choice of tops that are designed for the size of the particles. These range from open teaspoon size tops all the way to seven hole (best for large to medium particles) and 19 hole (better suited to finer particles). Dual sprinkle tops are also offered, which have one side that is open and another that has holes.

Can grinder tops be customised?

In many cases, grinder tops can vary in size and shape. At Global Grinders, grinders can also be customised by colour to suit your brand identity. Like flip-tops, grinder tops come in a variety of shapes. These lids are better suited to courser particles that require grinding rather than sprinkling, such as salt and pepper.

How do I choose the right grinder top?

You can view our full range of grinder tops to see what each has to offer. Alternatively, you can also contact Global Grinders to speak to one of our helpful consultants. We will discuss your specific needs and help you find the ideal grinders, closures, and wholesale spice grinders for your business.

The Rise of The Pepper Grinder/Mill

There is evidence that the pepper corn has been in use for at least 4,000 years, possibly longer, as a condiment or seasoning agent in cuisine and as a medicine. Once it was referred to as black gold. For centuries it was offered as currency. Its ubiquity in modern life belies the fact that in our recent history it was a scarce and much prized trade item, enjoyed by the wealthy and an aspirational item for the less fortunate. Its value soared in Europe as warring, banditry and anarchy afflicted its overland trade routes, from southern India , which had existed since before the rise of Rome. Bartolomeu Diaz’s rounding of the Cape in 1488 opened up the spice trade and the wooden ships had greater carrying capacity than four legged caravans. The return journey around the tip of Africa of roughly 17,000 kilometers by sea was very dangerous and could take years. The result was that pepper was a rarity which sold for extremely high prices.

A pepper mill or grinder is one of the 19,000 artefacts recovered from HMS Mary Rose, Henry the VIII’s flagship which was sunk by a French cannonball during the Battle of the Solent. It was discovered after 437 years submerged in the English Channel when the ship was raised in 1982. Almost intact, only the metal grinding plates had rusted away. Fashioned from very hard Ash wood it still contained pepper corns and, miraculously, scientists could smell their characteristic aroma when it was opened up. Consisting of three parts, the ground pepper fell into a collecting cup which comprised the bottom part of the grinder. In Tudor times (1485 – 1603) it was a premium item and was found in a chest belonging to an officer.

Discerning users have always known that pepper is much more flavorful and intense when freshly ground. Like coffee, pepper corns begin to lose these important characteristics soon after having been milled. Within three months it shows a very marked difference in quality. Consider the implications of that when purchasing pepper from a store. It may have been packed on the shelf in the past weeks, and chances are the pepper corns used were ground and packed several months ago. The pepper you sprinkle onto your food has therefore likely degraded for an extended period.

During more than twenty years Global Grinders PTY Ltd, has brought aesthetically and functionally superior grinders, of the highest quality specifications into markets around the world.

The Classic Grinder (pictured below), whose appearance is designed to enhance the dining experience in the home and on restaurant tables, is one such example. The Classic grinder effortlessly grinds pepper corns and all forms of salt and is one of the more than 22 grinders in Global Grinders’ extensive range.

Today, pepper and salt grinders are affordable and available to all (unlike in Henry the VIII’s era).

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We look forward to hearing from you and meeting your grinder requirements.

Are Your Wholesale Spice Grinders Sustainable?

If you are starting or running a spice business, you may be starting to think about how you can ensure that your wholesale spice grinders meet sustainability guidelines. You might be aiming to increase your green credentials or simply try and avoid waste. Whatever the case, the first step in producing an environmentally-friendly product is to choose manufacturers that are able to meet your sustainability goals. The bottles and grinders you use to store your spices and herbs are every bit as important as the products themselves. If you are choosing poor quality, single-use plastics or other harmful materials for your grinders and bottles, you will not be able to reduce your impact in any way.

In this short guide, we share some of the things that you can look for to ensure that your wholesale spice grinders live up to your sustainability goals.

How to Choose Sustainable Wholesale Spice Grinders

Whether your business is actively working at lowering your carbon footprint or you are simply searching for a supplier who shares your passion for sustainability, there are a number of criteria that need to be considered. Some of the things to look for when sourcing wholesale spice grinders include the following:

Eco-friendly bottles.

The bottles that you choose should be made from material that is environmentally-friendly. The most sustainable choices for spice bottles include glass and PET plastic. Glass can be reused almost endlessly, while PET is also recyclable and highly sustainable. These bottles can be recovered and recycled over and over, turned back into containers for foods, beverages, body products, carpet and clothing fibres, automotive parts, construction materials, industrial strapping, and even other types of packaging. Unlike other types of plastic, which are made to be used once and then thrown away, PET is a far more sustainable choice.

Recyclable grinders.

Choosing a supplier that offers recyclable grinder tops and closures is also essential. Look for trusted, certified manufacturers who are committed to sustainable production. Always make sure that the entire grinder – bottle and top – can be recycled and avoid any grinder sets that can not be reused or recycled in some way or another. It may be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but, if the grinders are fully disposable, they will not be sustainable, which will affect your efforts at reducing your ecological footprint.

Minimal packaging.

Another thing to look for is a manufacturer that does not go overboard with packaging. It may not seem like a very big concern but, over time, excessive packaging can very quickly begin to have an impact on the earth. Reduced packaging will help you continue to meet your sustainability goals, keeping your order secure without excessive waste. You can take this even further by keeping your own packaging to a minimum as well, to continue keeping your footprint as low as possible.

Keep these guidelines in mind, choose your wholesale spice grinders supplier wisely and you will be able to meet your goals at becoming a company that is committed to the environment.

How Not to Choose Wholesale Spice Grinders for Your Spice Business

If you are growing or starting your spice business this year, one of the most important steps is choosing wholesale spice grinders. A large part of finding the right grinders comes down to finding a supplier who is able to meet your requirements. Once you find a trusted supplier, you will be able to expand your range with peace of mind in knowing that your spices will stay fresh on the shelves.

Many businesses make the mistake of cutting corners when searching for suppliers, however. In this guide, we share some tips on what not to do when choosing wholesale spice grinders for your spice business.

Avoid These Mistakes When Choosing Wholesale Spice Grinders

Choosing the right wholesale spice grinders is not always as simple as it seems. To ensure that you are able to provide your customers with the best possible product, it is essential to choose a supplier that is able to provide you with the best quality grinder. Make sure that you avoid these mistakes when starting your business.

No certification.

Certification may seem like a lot of paperwork. Without it, it is impossible to trust that the quality of the grinder meets international standards. There are a few different quality certification standards that may be in place when it comes to grinders. At Global Grinders, all of our grinders are FSSC 22000 Certified. Our grinders also undergo stringent quality control and they are made from materials that conform to international food safety standards. Certification provides a chain of evidence of this quality at all times, which, in turn, allows you to be able to offer the same level of quality to your customers.

No guarantee.

Going hand in hand with certification and other quality precautions, guarantees offer full peace of mind that the supplier is completely transparent. They also mean that the supplier is so sure of their product that they are able to offer a guaranteed seal of approval. If your potential supplier is unable to offer a guarantee, it may be because sub-standard materials are used or because the manufacturing process is not in line with global standards. Either way, be wary of any supplier who is not able to stand by their product.

No customisation.

Another thing to watch out for is a limited range and no ability to customise your grinders according to your brand colours and requirements. A good supplier will offer a variety of grinder bottle sizes and closures. Customised grinders will help you stand out, which, in turn, will help you grow your business.

Contact Global Grinders today to learn more about our wide range of value added services or browse our full range of grinders and bottles to see what we have on offer. If you have any needs you would like to discuss, we are standing by to help you source the best quality wholesale spice grinders.

Choose Your Salt Mills & Spice Grinders Carefully

If you have been considering exporting your salt, spices or seasonings it is essential to choose wholesale spice grinders carefully to ensure that your product meets international marketplace requirements. Seasoned spice blends, locally produced spices, unique desert salts and sea salts, herb mixes, pepper mixes and various other seasonings are popular worldwide.

Starting a Spice Export Business - Choose Your Wholesale Spice Grinders Carefully

How to meet the needs of a foreign market? Keep reading.

Spice and Salt Grinders must Meet International Standards

There are several guidelines that need to be taken into account if you plan to export salt, pepper or spices. The most important things to consider when choosing wholesale spice and salt grinders include the following:

ISO certification.

One of the simplest and best ways to ensure that your products will always meet even the most stringent of guidelines is ISO certification. Certification requires suppliers and manufacturers to achieve standardisation that is recognised all over the world. If you source spice grinders from an ISO certified supplier, you are essentially assuring customers that your product is packaged according to the highest possible standards.

Global Grinders (Pty) Ltd is FSSC 2000 Certified. FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO Standards. It demonstrates a company has a robust Food Safety Management System in place that meets the requirements of a products’ customers and consumers. 18.000+ organizations over 140 countries have achieved FSSC 22000 certification. With currently 110+ Licensed Certification Bodies and over 1,500 auditors worldwide, ISO’s mission is to provide a trusted brand assurance platform to the consumer goods industry.

Product freshness.

Products freshness is another way that you can show international partners, clients and investors that you are serious about providing the highest level of quality in protective packaging. Will your products be able to withstand the shipping process and retain freshness and flavour onto a stockists’ shelves?

Heat induction liners and pressure sensitive foam liners  will ensure that your seasoning, salt, pepper and spices will stay fresh during transit and on the shelf once your product has reached the final destination.

Diverse offering.

Another way to add value is to provide a diverse offering that caters to the unique needs of your target market. Depending on your target market consumer, you may choose to sell your seasoning in glass bottles or jars or PET bottles both of which are strong, durable options that present a message of premium quality. These containers are economical and practical.

Offering a range of bottle types and sizes along with a variety of grinders will allow you to stay flexible in competitive markets.

Global Grinders  www.globalgrinders.com has established a long-standing reputation as a trusted spice/salt grinder supplier. We have a range of adjustable grinders in either push-pull adjustable format or 3 setting dial adjustable which has a fine, medium and coarse grind setting. Some of our pepper grinders and salt grinders have Tamper Evident Ring-Pull Seals. There is also the option of snap-on non removable salt mills and screw-on removable spice grinders. Contact Global Grinders today to learn more about our wide range of spice grinders and salt grinders.

Let us assist you to find the ideal solutions for your product/brand needs. Call us on +27 21 7016788 or email us at global.grinders.enquiries@globalgrinders.com

Spice Grinder – Glass or Plastic?

Plastic and glass are each unique materials which can present, store and deliver your product safely and economically, whether you or your customer use a single or diverse marketing platforms, such as the supermarket shelf or online purchasing, to reach the target consumer. Both of these bottle types are worth considering.

If you are wondering which salt/spice grinder bottles are best suited for your product or brand consider the following:


Glass manufacturers say that glass lends a ‘premium feel’ to a brand, that it offers a high quality appearance and that glass offers a versatile option to brands seeking superior quality. It is the only widely-used food packaging material granted the FDA status of “GRAS” or generally recognized as safe – the highest standard.

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days. An estimated 80% of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles. Glass is nonporous and impermeable, so there are no interactions between glass packaging and products to affect the flavour of food and beverages. Glass has an almost zero rate of chemical interactions, ensuring that the products inside a glass bottle keep their strength, aroma, and flavor. Our range includes 10ml (0.33 oz), 25ml (0.84 oz), 50ml (1.6 oz) and 100ml (3.4 oz) glass jars.


PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a compound which gives the plastic bottle its toughness, provides energy saving and ease of production. Plastic bottles are sterile and therefore safe to use and recyclable. Due to their resilience, they are unlikely to burst or leak. Since the mid 1970’s plastics have risen to prominence as packaging materials for food, beverages, cosmetics and a host of consumer goods. Plastic is easily moulded and presented in a multitude of attractive shapes. The seven sizes and shapes in our PET range, from the ‘cute’ angular 50ml jar to the curvaceous 375 ml bottle, are testimony to this feature of plastic.

Global Grinders is here to assist you, please contact us at your convenience, or click on Bottles on our home page. Our range extends from large catering size bottles (375ml -12.6 oz) to specialist small size bottles, with attendant highest quality grinders/mills. Browse our full range of spice bottles and grinders then click on: global.grinders.enquiries@globalgrinders.com or call us on +27 21 7016788 to discuss your wholesale requirements.

3 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Wholesale Spice Grinders

Whether starting a new business or trying to reduce costs, cheap wholesale spice grinders are never worth the chance to save a few rands. You may think that reducing your initial overhead cost will be worthwhile in the long run if it helps you save. Although you might save in the short term, you stand a very high risk of not only losing profit in the long term but also putting your business reputation in danger.

3 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Wholesale Spice GrindersRunning a spice business relies on being able to guarantee the highest level of quality to your customers. When customers are not able to enjoy freshly ground herbs and spices from your company, they will turn to your competitors. This has a knock-on effect on your bottom line as well as your entire brand. Keep reading to find out why cheap wholesale spice grinders are bad for business.

Why Avoid Cheap Wholesale Spice Grinders?

What makes cheap wholesale spice grinder such a big risk to your business? For starters, here are some of the biggest dangers of going with the cheapest option instead of the best option.

You will not be able to guarantee product freshness.

One of the biggest dangers of a poor quality grinder is a poor quality final product. Quality grinders are made according to stringent guidelines. Features such as tamper-proof liners help to preserve ground herbs and spices on the shelves for as long as possible. When you buy the cheapest grinder rather than the best quality grinder, you will not be able to guarantee that your product lasts on the shelves. This may not affect your business when you have new stock, but it will when you try to move stock that is closer to expiration.

You will not be able to ensure ISO certification.

If you are trying to obtain ISO certification, you will not be able to do so unless your grinders have been manufactured by an ISO certified supplier. Many businesses try to cut costs and corners by sourcing large amounts of grinders at the cheapest prices, from China or other destinations that specialise in low cost products. Because the supply chain is harder to track, it will become impossible to obtain certification. This will have a knock-on effect for your business, resulting in an inability to guarantee a quality approved product to your customers.

You will not be able to establish a reputation for quality.

Finally, another risk that can put you out of business is the effect that poor quality grinders have you on your reputation. In today’s world of social media and internet reviews, it takes a matter of seconds for customers to voice their concerns about your products. When you are unable to provide a consistent level of quality, you put your business at risk of poor reviews. Over time, this has a direct impact on your sales. Even if your sales price is low, customers will not want to purchase products that have lost flavour and strength. This will impact on your bottom line in a way that can be very difficult to reverse.

Rather than putting your quality, products and reputation at risk, make sure that you choose a supplier who is able to provide the best quality grinder, every time. Contact Global Grinders today to learn more about purchasing wholesale spice grinders in Cape Town and surrounds.


How to Choose the Best Spice Grinder

There are many things to consider when choosing the spice grinders that are best suited to your business. Each spice manufacturer has their own requirements, which often depend on the type of herbs and spices that are sold. Providing a range of grinder tops is one way to ensure that your customers get the best use of your products, but it is not always as simple as choosing at random. 

To help you get a better idea of what you will need to look for when choosing your spice grinders, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
What to Consider When Choosing Spice Grinders
Some of the spice grinder tops you may consider include the following:

Adjustable grinders.

Adjustable grinders have the ability to create a coarser grind and a finer grind with one single lid. If your speciality is salt, pepper or other coarse spices that benefit from a varied grind, this can be a very useful USP to customers. Finer ground spices may not benefit from this type of lid, while coarse ground spices may also grind more easily in a fixed grinder. Adjustable screw-on grinders work by pulling up for a coarser grind and pulling down for a finer grinder. Made from high-grade materials, these grinder tops are designed for maximum efficiency.

Fixed grinders.

As the name implies, this grinder produces the same grind, every time. This type of grinder is ideal if you are selling finely ground salt, pepper or other spices that require a finer grind. Look for grinders that meet stringent ISO guidelines, which will ensure that they last as long as possible. Many cheaper grinders are made from poor quality plastics, breaking soon after they have been purchased. A good quality grinder should last long after the spice has been used. Ideally, these grinders should be able to be reused by customers to add optimal value after purchase. Customers can then purchase refill spice packs at a reduced price.

Sprinkler tops.

If you are selling herbs and pre-ground spices, it is equally important to choose your flip top closures wisely. There are a number of different sprinkler tops to consider. The best way to choose is to consider the weight and nature of the spice or herbs you are selling. Larger flakes such as garlic flakes, rosemary and organogram can be sold with large or single hole sprinkler tops, while finer particles require closures that have a few holes to distribute more efficiently.

If you would like to learn more about ordering wholesale grinders through Global Grinders, please get in touch today. We offer a wide range of high quality spice grinders in Cape Town that cater to your needs and budget.

Investing in Wholesale Spice Grinders This Year?

Whether you are starting a new venture or expanding your current product line, now is the best time to invest in quality wholesale spice grinders. Choosing a supplier can be daunting, especially if you are not fully sure of what to look for when making your final shortlist. Rather than leaving any decisions to chance, consider the following tips on how to find the best quality wholesale spice grinders in 2018.

How to Find the Best Wholesale Spice Grinders in 2018

Some guidelines to consider when choosing a wholesale spice grinders supplier this year include the following:

Look for ISO certified suppliers.

ISO certified suppliers are the only suppliers that can offer complete peace of mind. Due to the rigid nature of ISO standardisation, along with the required quality testing involved in standardisation, the result is a very high quality grinder that will not have any trouble meeting basic standards. The biggest risk to choosing the cheapest rather than the best quality grinders you can find is that your business image can end up paying the price if the bottles or grinder tops break, fail to grind evenly, do not have liners, do not last, or do not meet basic quality guidelines. Very few businesses can afford to put their reputation at risk.

Look for tamper-proof liners and other added security features.

Induction liners and other liners are essential if you are buying grinders in bulk to sell bottled spices or herbs. There are a number of different liners, including tamper-proof liners, induction liners and pressure sensitive foam liners. Whichever you choose, liners help to retain freshness on the shelf. When they are not used, there is a far higher risk of exposure to moisture, air, and other contamination. This, once again, could end up doing great harm to your reputation if you are selling spices at markets or retail outlets this year. Another essential feature to consider is Likewise, traceability codes, which provide a clear chain of evidence that follows international compliance standards.

Look for suppliers that offer a wide range of grinder and sprinkler tops.

If your potential supplier only stocks grinder tops in a single size, without a selection of sprinkler tops, you may find yourself limited to the products you can sell. If your business is largely coarse salt or whole spices, this will not be too much of an issue. If, however, you aim to sell a range of herbs and spices, then it is always a good idea to invest in a selection of flip top lids and sprinklers to suit your product requirements. If you are selling bottles in various sizes, it is also essential to ensure that you have corresponding tops that are made for each bottle size.

Look for high quality PET plastic or glass bottles.

Glass bottles are generally the ideal choice, as they can be recycled easily by your end consumer. Glass also adds more value to your product, which is never a bad thing. If you do decide to choose plastic, look for PET plastic that is made to a far higher quality compared to regular plastic. This type of plastic is also recyclable, and it is also designed to be safe to use for food products such as fresh herbs and spices. Regular plastic may seem cheaper initially. It can compromise the quality of your product, however, especially after any time spent on the shelf.

We hope that these guidelines make it easier to find your ideal supplier for bulk grinders in the new year ahead. If you’d like to know more about our approach to wholesale spice grinders, get in touch with the Global Grinders team today.