Black pepper is the most common type of spice found on most household’s kitchen shelves. It is also the most pungent and flavorful among all kinds of peppers available and is widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industry as well. It is beneficial for human consumption as it prevents cancer, stimulates digestion, relieves cold, enables weight loss, and improves skin health. India and China are among the key countries that are driving the majority of the overall black pepper consumption worldwide. However, due to its proven health benefits, mature food product market such as the US have increased the consumption using it in regular cooking. The procurement market intelligence report on the global black pepper market estimates the global production to be around 370,000 tons.
Identification of Adulteration
Black pepper manufacturers and cultivators may add prohibited substances which are inferior or less desirable. It is mostly done to increase the value of the pepper. Although it may not be harmful for human consumption, it brings down the quality of the product and reduces the effectiveness when used for industrial purpose. Identifying such instances of adulteration is hard. Consequently, to tackle such problems, buyers should undertake a risk assessment and ensure that all controls are in place to prevent adulterated materials from entering the food supply chain.
Evaluating Traces of Pesticides and Contaminants
Identifying the presence of pesticides and contaminants in the black pepper is one of the most common issues faced by the buyer. In order to maximize crop yield, most farmers use pesticides and chemicals for growing spices. As a result, some traces of the chemical may end up in the final product. It is advisable for buyers to keep quality control measures in place to detect and remove any traces of pesticides or chemical in the final product.
Quality Harmonization Across Nations
The quality of black pepper varies across different region and black pepper from two different nations will vastly differ in quality. Such differences arise because of variation in the process of extracting and manufacturing. Buyers face issue in procurement when they need to purchase a large quantity of black pepper from two different regions. To tackle such problems, buyers should engage with suppliers that have multiple facilities across the world who follow standardized manufacturing process resulting in a stable quality of peppers.
Authenticity of Raw Materials
A majority of the supplier’s source their raw materials need from small farmers, and as a result, there’s a high chance that the given raw material may not pass the minimum standards. Such raw material subsequently results in the manufacturing of inferior quality of spices. Thereby, it is essential for the suppliers to check all batches of raw materials before consumption thoroughly.
Read more about the procurement challenges in the black pepper market along with peppercorn suppliers, ground black pepper, black pepper extracts, sourcing strategies, supplier pricing strategy, and procurement best practices in SpendEdge’s upcoming report on the global black pepper market.