Natural flavorings are individual substances with aromatic properties derived from natural raw materials, plants or animals. These include, for example, fruits, spices, roasted coffee, etc. Only physical, enzymatic and microbiological processes such as pressing, distilling or fermentation may be used in the production of natural aromas.
The chemical structure of flavorings
The chemical structure of flavorings corresponds to 100 % of the natural aromas in terms of their chemical structure. The differences to natural aromas are that aromas identical to natural ones are produced using a chemical process such as esterification or acetylation instead of being derived from natural raw materials. This makes it possible to produce a wide range of aromas that are identical to natural ones yet at lower production costs compared to natural aromas.
Artificial flavorings have aromatic properties but are not found in nature. In Germany, only about 15 artificial flavors are permitted for use in food which may be used only in certain foods. Because of their low cost-effectiveness, artificial flavors play a very minor role in the food industry. Our teas contain no artificial flavors!
Duty to declare ingredients – Food labelling:
The Food Labelling Regulation (LMIV) (VO (EU) 1169/2011) is the basis for food labelling requirements.
Under this regulation, both manufacturers and distributors of foodstuffs are required by law to provide all ingredients, including individual ingredients in the case of compound foodstuffs, on the packaging. The list of ingredients must be indicated on all product packaging intended for sale to end consumers. This requirement applies to all compound ingredients, irrespective of their respective per cent in the final product. We indicate the individual ingredients in brackets behind compound ingredients. You will find this information in our catalogue as well as in the free product labels we enclose with every tea that is ordered.
We have adopted the legal requirements for labelling allergens by emphasizing allergenic components in the ingredients lists in capital letters. This measure is intended to make it easier for allergy sufferers to better identify allergenic ingredients. This information can also be found in our catalogue as well as on the free product labels (currently only in German). In addition, we have adopted the recently introduced requirement for nutrition declaration. Orthodox teas including teas and tea-like products which contain no nutritionally altering ingredients such as fruit and sugar products are generally exempt from the requirement on the nutritional declaration. Nevertheless, we provide such relevant information. You will find this information on the free special labels we enclose with each prepared tea (currently only in German) as well as on the delivery note accompanying the goods.