SUPPLY OF AND DEMAND ON NATURE

Millions of smallholders are involved in the production of spices, herbs, seeds and vegetables which all are an important cash crop. These farmers often face poverty and food insecurity. Depending on the produce and country, the production itself faces labor issues (women, migrant and/or child labor) and environmental issues, particularly excessive agrochemical use.

Need for sustainable

Poor agricultural practices, lack of adequate processing facilities and growers switching to high-value crops or jobs, have caused an increase in the number of concerns around spices production especially over long-term supply, food safety and traceability. Additionally, the sector also deals with sustainability issues such as uncontrolled pesticide use, poor wastewater management and indecent labor conditions.

Sustainable sourcing

While the need for sustainable spices and sustainability as a whole is clear, the demand in the market is only starting to grow. One of the supposed reasons being that food manufacturers have difficulty to promote sustainable spices as such to consumers is that they are an important ingredient but not the main substance in the end-products. Meanwhile the organization of the value chains for all different products and origins remains a challenge for the industry to meet this demand. Nevertheless, interest in sustainable spices is growing and for many front-runners, sustainable sourcing has shown important, increasing companies credibility and position in the supply chain and markets.

Support and encouraged

As a broker in these products we consider ourselves as frontrunners in sustainability. Enabling our buyers to source their products directly in the land of origin at audited and selected processors allows spice industries to reduce their ecological footprint. We feel sustainability should be driven by the key processors in countries of origin and to be supported and encouraged by the major spice importing industries.

IEG Vu

IEG Vu

IEG Vu (formerly The Public Ledger, Foodnews and Dairy Markets) provides global business insight to track all the major developments
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BRC certified

BRC certified

Van der Does Spice Brokers are pleased to announce the recent certification under the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard for
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Growing demand for spices

Growing demand for spices

The global spices market is growing at an annual growth rate of about 5% (by value) and is projected to
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Meet us

Meet us

Next to client visits a major part of our jobs is to visit farmers, processors and exporters in countries of
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Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance was the first to certify sustainable spices due to a good track record in adapting the SAN
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Internships

Internships

Van der Does Spice Brokers' internship programs give students from commercial disciplines and international backgrounds the opportunity to get a
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Grading of nutmeg

Grading of nutmeg

For hundreds of years selecting and grading nutmeg in Indonesia was done in the same way. A small change appeared
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We see sustainability as one of the main challenges for the spice industry.

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Grading of nutmeg

For hundreds of years selecting and grading nutmeg in Indonesia was done in the same way. A small change appeared during the eighties when Japanese customers preferred the so-called sinking nutmegs. Since a few years a new method was implemented in the way nutmeg can be graded. The selection of nutmegs is still done by hand, but broken, cracked or halved nutmegs can now be sorted under UV-light as well. This quality is named BLS (Black Light Selected) by us. BLS nutmeg has lower mould residues and significantly reduces the risk on mycotoxines. Together with HPLC testing of the sub lots BLS nutmeg can be guaranteed within the required levels. For more information on Siauw/Ambon Nutmeg BLS, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Growing demand for spices

The global spices market is growing at an annual growth rate of about 5% (by value) and is projected to exceed $10 billion by 2020. Looking ahead, it is questionable whether supply will be able to keep up with demand. New plantings of spices and herbs might not be able to satisfy global demand and replenish low stock levels. A structural challenge is to find new farmers. Despite high prices, many young people are not interested in cultivating spices and herbs. Industry experts expect prices to remain high, or in some cases to continue to grow. The large price drops we have seen in the past are not expected to occur again in the future. Source: CBI/Eurostat

Meet us

Next to client visits a major part of our jobs is to visit farmers, processors and exporters in countries of origin. Besides that the team of Van der Does Spice Brokers frequently visits global trade fairs, exhibitions, meetings and conferences. Do keep in contact with us to meet up. We attend for example; the Food Ingredients exhibitions, the Sial international food exhibition, the Anuga food fair, annual IPC meetings (International Pepper Community), the Gulfood product showcase and the International Spice Conference in India. Please keep in contact with us to know which team members will be present

BRC certified

Van der Does Spice Brokers are pleased to announce the recent certification under the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard for food safety. TÜV NORD INTEGRA has granted us certification according to the BRC Agents & Brokers Standard after a successful audit. With this Van der Does Spice Brokers becomes the first sole spice brokerage house to be BRC certified. BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies. The standards guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer.

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance was the first to certify sustainable spices due to a good track record in adapting the SAN standard to new sectors. The SAN is dedicated to establishing global respect and recognition for its sustainable agricultural standards by all actors along the value chain. It would be more efficient and effective to adapt the SAN standard than it would be to develop an entirely new standard for spices. The sustainability standard will address such issues as the loss of biodiversity, the use of chemicals and pesticides, and poor labor conditions. It will eventually be applicable to the production and trade of 34 different types of culinary spices. At Van der Does we can help you source RA spices directly from the country of origin, please contact us for more information.

Internships

Van der Does Spice Brokers’ internship programs give students from commercial disciplines and international backgrounds the opportunity to get a true feel of what it’s like to work at Van der Does’ and to experience the life of a broker in spices. Working as an intern at Van der Does is more than an opportunity to bolster your resume. As a Van der Does intern, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned at school and through personal experience to a real client challenge. As a case team member, you’ll gain a 360-degree perspective on life as a broker’ from working on client projects to socializing with colleagues. Internships at Van der Does Spice Brokers are scarce. If you feel you have the right credentials and qualifications do send dus your cover letter.