Durkee History | Durkee Today | Product Advantages | Research & Development
Eugene Durkee Founded Durkee Spices in Buffalo, New York.
Jehiel and I.E. Tone founded Tone Brothers as a coffee and spice company in Des
First to offer consumer sized packaging and pure ground pepper.
Durkee helped establish the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA).
First to introduce cans for spices, replacing paperboard cartons.
Pioneered freeze-ground milling and introduced plastic packaging with tamper-evident
Purchased by Burns Philp of Sydney, Australia, bringing greater global presence
and brands like Spice Islands and Durkee.
Tone Brothers, Inc., built the world's largest herb and spice production and
Burns Philp consolidated all of its North American herb and spice operations
to the Tone Brothers, Inc., facility in Ankeny, Iowa.
Associated British Foods plc purchased Tone Brothers, Inc., and began operations
under management by ACH Food Companies, Inc., of the Durkee spices and seasonings
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Dedication to Product Fulfillment
Durkee products are manufactured in one of the largest spice plants
in world, in more than 768,000 square feet on more than 60 acres of land in Ankeny,
Centrally located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 80
R&D Quality Assurance
20,000 square feet devoted to your menu development.
Quality Control Laboratories
For physical, chemical, biological and organoleptic assessments of raw materials
and finished goods.
Research and Pilot Production Laboratory
To support new product development with respect to Recipes, Applications and
Full Test Kitchen, Product Development and Sensory Laboratories Presentation
Kitchen for Customer Demonstrations and Training.
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High Quality First
Durkee finds the highest-quality spices from around the world through its global spice partners. By starting with a higher-quality product, we are sure to produce the best flavor, smell and appearance available in today's spice market.
Durkee's unique Cool Head Milling process locks in the flavor and aroma. Our
flavor and aroma (heart of the product) are sealed in, protecting product integrity
Instant Brand Awareness
Studies show some 90% of customers recognize the Durkee brand nationwide.
Consistency And Availability
Durkee's consistent quality products mean menu consistency and year-round
availability, giving you unlimited menu creativity.
- Clear packaging designed for easy and efficient use, with convenient
slip-guard side grips and a shake / pour cap
- Unique tri-laminate sealed packaging
preserves flavor and keeps spices as fresh as the day they were packaged
full bilingual labels (English and Spanish)
- Complete nutritional panels on every
- Natural cap orientation - ergonomically designed to help reduce wrist
joint and tendon fatigue.
- The essence of each ground spice - the volatile oil - is captured and preserved
during the Cool Head Milling process at temperatures as low as -120°F
Program in Place
- Metal Detection or Magnets on Each Line
- Versatility and variety
- From core spices and seasonings to value-added blends
- World-Wide Sourcing
- Our comprehensive global sourcing is augmented by sister companies in India
- Vendor Certification Program
- Inspection and approval of domestic international
- Performance monitored and reported back to vendors
- Global Sourcing / Quality
at the Source
- Active Member of American Spice Trade Association (ASTA)
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Research & Development
The Quality, Research and Development department is comprised
of 25 full-time professional and support personnel.
The Quality Control team uses physical and organoleptic testing
to inspect incoming raw materials, finished goods and co-packed products; develops
the HACCP program; conducts bimonthly internal sanitation audits; and develops
The Research team develops the vendor certification program,
which includes new ingredient/vendor approval and non-conformance notification,
conducts real time and accelerated shelf life tests, and conducts competitive
evaluations. They also develop analytical and microbiological testing methods
that are used on raw materials and finished goods.
The Product Development team formulates all of the packaged
goods and custom blends, conducts sensory evaluation to be used during development
of new products as well as for purchasing,
research and marketing. They house the test kitchens for recipe development and
application testing, and handle all of the Spice Advice 800# call center inquiries.
Other functions in the Quality Research and Development department include
Specification Development and Regulatory Affairs. Specifications are developed
for all raw materials, WIP and finished goods. Regulatory compliance is strictly
adhered to on all of our ingredient statements and the nutritional analysis conducted
on our products.
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