Spice Society is a sustainable agricultural platform comprising 1,000 smallholder families in Central America that supply fresh, natural ingredients to our sister companies "Don Yab" and "OPA Ingredients." Our commitment to honesty, hard work, and creating a long-lasting legacy drove the formation of Spice Society.
Our equitable supply chain ensures the year-round purchase of the entire produce of the platform for the right price, supporting the livelihoods of these families sustainably through environmentally friendly farming practices and renewable energy.
Our chili peppers are at the heart of our sustainable community, currently creating jobs for 1000 families. We began with just 10 families and our vision is to expand the platform's benefits to over 4,000 families by reaching global markets.
Spice Society is comprised by our affiliation with small farmers who own two to four acres of land. By becoming members of our sustainability platform, affiliated families have access to high-quality seeds and products, technical instruction from planting to harvesting, along with easy-to-understand contracts that structure the productivity of their crops, and most importantly, formalize a fair and fixed price for which we purchase their harvests year-round. Once the harvest is ready, farmers receive the agreed-upon payment at the collection point. Before resuming agricultural tasks, our agronomists meet with each SPICE SOCIETY farmer to define the planting strategy to follow in their crops for the next season, as we always recommend crop rotation.
The peppers can be processed either in the form of mash, brine or paste (depulped). Available packing options include barrels (drums), tote bags, and flexitanks.
Our pepper is a variety of chili peppers of the species Capsicum frutescens which originated in Mexico. The plant is a small, perennial plant which grows around 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. They produce a lot of fruits of different hues, starting from yellowish-green to orange and then bright red when ripe. The peppers grow to a size of 1.5 to 2 inches long and are always looking up. They are the only variety of chili peppers that are juicy and not dry on the inside.
The heat units in hot chili peppers vary depending on their stage of maturity and are around 30,000 to 70,000 units on the Scoville scale. The Scoville unit of measure is directly related to a chemical called Capsaicin. The higher the number of Scoville units, the greater the concentration of Capsaicin.
The heat sensation of peppers can be felt mainly on the lips and tongue, the heat development is delayed, the duration of the heat sensation is flat and lingers in the mouth. The flavor profile can be described as resembling green onion and hints of celery. Tabasco peppers are well known for their use in sauces and can also be used as spices and in condiments.
We are passionate about our sustainable community strategy working with 900 families. Our growers farm Capsicum frutescens, Ghost Pepper, Carolina Reaper, Cayenne, Jalapeño and Habanero peppers year-round to create ours just in time reliable raw material. Our product applications also extend to industrial food manufacturing uses and we already serve several multinational food companies in the region as our location supports great logistics for export.