Spices were once worth so much that London dock workers were paid their bonuses in cloves, nutmeg was more valuable per ounce than gold, and Arab spice traders guarded their market share by making up tales about how cinnamon grew in valleys swarming with venomous snakes and cassia was protected by winged creatures. Prices may have plummeted since the Visigoths held Rome for a ransom of peppercorns, but the cost of saffron will still pain your credit card and, as anyone fond of quality spices knows, a little needs to go a long way.
Aside from the incredible historical value of spices, they are valuable to the contemporary kitchen for the benefit they bring to your favorite dishes. What would pumpkin pie be without cinnamon or roasted potatoes without black pepper? It stands to reason that spices should be well taken care of, starting with how they’re packaged.
While spices are packaged in a variety of mediums, from tin cans to glass jars to plastic bags, composite paper cans are an option worth considering for a few reasons. For one, spices degrade from light exposure. Unlike glass jars and plastic packaging, composite paper cans are entirely opaque, protecting their contents from the effects of light. In comparison to metal or tin cans, composite paper cans are lighter and more cost-effective, in addition to being impervious to corrosion, which is an important benefit when dealing with foodstuffs. Lastly, the hermetic seals found on some composite paper cans protect against another enemy of spices: air.
Canfab’s rigorous standards are another reason to consider using composite paper cans for packaging spices. Our manufacturing facilities are in compliance with FDA regulations and we follow AIB standards for food contact packaging manufacturing facilities, even receiving their Recognition of Accomplishment award multiple times.
If you’re looking for safe, cost-effective, quality packaging for your valuable spice products, request a quote today. They may not be worth their weight in gold anymore, but spices still deserve the best packaging possible.