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Monthly Archives: June 2020

  1. Saponin in Quinoa

    Saponins are the primary non-nutritional factor of quinoa seeds.  They're found in the shell and are responsible for the bitter taste sometimes associated with Quinoa. Its content is a distinguishing factor for classifying the varieties of quinoa as sweet or bitter.

    Saponins act as a natural protective barrier against the attack of pathogens and herbivores. There are a wide range of biological properties reported and associated with these compounds, of which its natural fungicidal capacity for other plants stands out...

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  2. Adaptability and Nutritional Value of Quinoa

    Quinoa has been a core crop in the South American Andes Mountains since ancient times. Even today, it continues to be a staple of agriculture in the region, especially in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

    The quinoa plant grows with significant variability and diversity of shapes. The varieties or eco types can be classified into 5 basic categories, according to their adaptation to the geographical characteristics...

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  3. United in the Fight to Protect Cashew Farmers and Employees from COVID in Côte d’Ivoire

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olam has stepped up to provide important support to our employees and their communities, as well as to the farmers in our supply chains.

    In cashew growing countries like Côte d’Ivoire, which have limited healthcare and telecoms infrastructure in rural areas, it has been critical to raise awareness of how to prevent transmission, as well as provide hygiene kits...

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  4. Food Quality and Safety in Olam Quinoa: BRC Certification

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC), was created by British retail distributors to guarantee the quality and safety of food; in addition to complying with the law in marketing related processes.

    BRC is a quality management system that demonstrates compliance with food safety standards and allows us to guarantee a safe product for consumers...

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  5. Sustainability in Olam Quinoa: Harvest Begins for the Andean Quinoa Farmers

    The healthy values of quinoa grains (Chenopodium quinoa) are well known. The Andean crop is one of the most nutritional grains in the world, with a protein content ranging from 13% to 17%.  Furthermore, it is one of the few grains that contains all the amino acids necessary to support life. Despite the emergence of novel coronavirus, which has strained global food supply chains and curbed demand in many sectors of the industry, the world's quinoa demand has remained steady and is expected to continue to do so...

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