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Ingredient Sourcing FAQs

Do you have questions about our ingredient-sourcing services? Check out this ingredient sourcing FAQ guide, where we tackle many common inquiries we receive from interested clients. We want to provide helpful responses upfront so you have all the details on our specialty procurement capabilities and feel confident in your choice to partner with us.

What types of specialty ingredients do you offer?

With over 30 years of perfecting our ingredient sourcing expertise, Emerling Foods provides access to thousands of specialty food items. This includes conventional, organic, all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, heirloom, and other specialty designations to meet diverse needs. We can even track down rare, exotic ingredients. Categories span produce sweeteners, grains, herbs/spices, meat/seafood, dairy, fats/oils, and much more.

Do you provide vegan or gluten-free options?

Absolutely. We understand today\’s food labeling requirements for allergens and restricted diets. Many products in our extensive catalog are vegan, vegetarian, halal, kosher, gluten-free, etc. We work closely with you to source specialty ingredients aligned with your target audience\’s values and formulation needs.

Where does Emerling Foods source its ingredients from?

Our ingredients come from our trusted network of food producers, vendors, and farms across the United States and globally. We only work with suppliers who meet our strict quality standards and certifications for food processing and handling safety. You can trust we perform extensive due diligence in selecting and managing our sourcing partners.

What certifications do you have for quality standards?

Our state-of-the-art storage, processing, and distribution facilities maintain Superior Quality & Food Safety certifications. We are also USDA Organic, NON-GMO Project Verified, and SQF certified across applicable inventory categories. Ask for documentation.

Can I get information on specific nutritional values?

Our team provides detailed specification sheets, including nutritional profiles, microbial testing results, allergen info, country of origin, harvesting/processing details, and more. We\’re happy to share values for calories, fats, proteins, vitamins/minerals, and other attributes to assist your R&D.

What specific services does Emerling Foods offer?

Beyond specialty ingredient sourcing, we provide bonded cold and dry storage, quality control analysis, custom blending, proprietary formulations, custom labeling/packaging, JIT delivery, and other value-added solutions. We aim to be a one-stop-shop production partner.

Can Emerling Foods assist in customizing ingredient solutions for unique business needs?

Yes. Our experts excel at collaborating with clients to engineer customized ingredient blends, formats (powder, flakes, etc), compositions, textures, flavors, packaging/delivery systems, and more tailored to each product vision.

What types of businesses or industries does Emerling Foods typically partner with?

Emerling Foods has supplied ingredients for leading food/beverage manufacturers, restaurant chains, bakeries, consumer brands, private label brands, wholesalers, QSRs, food technology startups, and major retailers.

Can Emerling Foods assist in sourcing ingredients for industries outside the food sector?

Although our primary expertise lies in food ingredients, we can leverage our sourcing skills and production relationships to procure materials for various industries, including dietary supplements, biotech research, cosmetics/body care, pet food, agriculture, and more.

How do I place an order with Emerling Foods?

Send an email to We will determine product availability, pricing, timelines, etc, and provide a custom quote. Accepted quotes convert into purchase orders – and then we swiftly handle procurement, storage, and delivery logistics.

What are the minimum order quantities?

We accommodate orders of nearly all sizes – from a few pounds to multi-ton ingredients requests. Small-scale purchases may have associated minimum fees. We offer very competitive rates for large bulk orders and can direct significant savings your way.

If you have any other questions about our ingredient sourcing FAQ or want to learn more about our specialty procurement services, our team is happy to help. Feel free to contact us anytime.