1st October 2019
bio-bean food-grade spent coffee grounds are kosher and halal certified
bio-bean has achieved both kosher and halal certifications this month for our food-grade spent coffee grounds, which we use to create natural flavouring products for the food and beverage industry.
The halal and kosher certifications apply specifically to food-grade spent coffee grounds collected via our unique and first-of-its-kind supply chain model, which features spent grounds from a traceable and segregated source. Our supply chain keeps the spent coffee grounds within the food cycle throughout the collections and processing procedures.
What does kosher certification mean?
Our kosher certificate attests that our food-grade spent coffee grounds are pareve (neutral) and satisfy the biblical doctrine of the Jewish religion, making them suitable for use in food and drink products destined for Jewish consumers.
We obtained the kosher certification from Badatz Igud Rabbonim (BIR) after completing successful checks attesting that our food-grade spent coffee grounds and processing environment are free from:
• all dairy-derived materials;
• all meat derived materials;
• all fish-derived materials, including shell food; and
• grape-derived materials.
What does halal certification mean?
Our halal certificate is a guarantee that our spent coffee grounds comply with the Islamic law and therefore are suitable for use in finished products destined for Muslim consumers.
We obtained the halal certification after completing a successful series of tests, and in our case attests that our food-grade spent coffee grounds and processing environment are free from:
• alcohol, such as ethanol, and all liquid and solid intoxicants;
• all insect-derived products such as shellac, cochineal etc;
• human-derived products such as L-cysteine;
• blood and blood-derived products such as plasma;
• all animal-derived products such as fats, oils, gelatine etc., unless obtained from halal sources or specifically authorised by the UK’s Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC); and
• ingredients produced from genetically modified organisms.
Why are kosher and halal certifications needed?
The kosher and halal markets represent a lucrative opportunity for food and beverage manufacturers as they are expected to reach a combined $9.7 Trillion (£7.8 Trillion) by 2025. However, trading in kosher and halal markets requires having the appropriate certifications in place.
In our globalised market, obtaining halal and kosher certificates enables food and beverage manufacturers to label their finished products accurately and to, therefore, expand their sales to additional consumer segments.
Jo Doyle, our HSEQ Systems Leader said: “We’re proud to have achieved kosher and halal certifications as these will enable our clients to use the food-grade spent coffee grounds we process in a greater number of end products, offering Muslim and Jewish consumers comprehensive traceability.”
You can find more information on our natural flavouring products derived from food-grade spent coffee grounds here.