The process for manufacturing Spice Drops®: Aside from our saffron (one of the finest grades from Iran), and our citrus fruit range, our spices are obtained from local farms in India. These farms are monitored by the Spices Board of India, ensuring they adhere to quality regulations. The field officers pay regular visits to our farmers, guiding them on best practice. The spices are first cold-pressed using rollers – crushing them in a non-heat generating manner ensures that the vibrant flavors are preserved. The crushed spices are then passed through an extraction vessel where the ethyl acetate (the solvent) is percolated in order to obtain the maximum volume of spice extract. The extracts are passed through a de-solventiser, where the solvent is removed using vacuum suction so as not to adversely affect the flavors. All that remains at this stage is the highly-concentrated oleoresin (oil + resin).
A bit from our partner: The raw materials used for manufacture are sustainable, organic manner, sourced primarily from local farmers in Kerala and the rest of India, building upon over seven decades of strongly-established relationships with farmers. The business runs on a no-credit principle, meaning all farmers and raw material suppliers are paid immediately. The factory pays fair wages to staff, and fair prices to the farmers.
The practice is guided by the concept of Kudumbashree:’The enhancement of a less-privileged family through empowering the women.’
In developing communities, there is sometimes an inequality in wages for men and women; but,as a female-centric enterprise, we ensure equal pay irrespective of gender. We also provide annual wage increases in line with inflation, so wages are assured, no matter how low the market falls. Our wages are better than those offered by surrounding factories, and locals are always keen to find employment with us.
We also produce Ayurvedic medicine to treat Parkinson’s Disease in the local community, supplying this free of charge as a charitable donation. This gesture is in loving memory of a friend to the business.
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