Consistent, Custom Cinnamon Blends Now Available to North American Bakeries

June 18, 2021

Barentz announces that the North American bakery industry can now benefit from the expertise of knowledge-driven cinnamon specialists, Royal Polak Spices. Backed by over 150 years' experience, Royal Polak, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barentz International B.V., is considered the number one cinnamon specialist in the world. Their state-of-the-art Cinnamon Lab located in Steenwijk, Netherlands, offers bakeries the ability to differentiate and innovate their products, while maintaining batch to batch flavor consistency.

Royal Polak’s ingredients include all varieties of Cassia and Zeylanicum cinnamon, available in today's market. Highly skilled in-house Mélangeurs know precisely which cinnamon varieties to blend. Cinnamon blends are available with Kosher, Halal, Organic, or Fair-Trade certification. Royal Polak's sustainability program is built to improve the livelihood of cinnamon farmers and protect the rainforest. Educational programs are aligned with Barentz's social responsibility initiatives.

"Providing the North American bakery market with access to Royal Polak's skills and expertise, is an exciting opportunity to build value and protect brand identity," says Mike Emrich, President Barentz Human Nutrition North America. "Their skilled Mélangeurs know precisely which cinnamon varieties to blend to create recipes that meet key product parameters, such as taste, aroma, color and texture perception. Royal Polak caters to bakeries looking to differentiate through seasonal or regional flavor offerings."

Royal Polak Managing Director Hielke Van Dijken echoes Emrich's comments. "We at Royal Polak Spices are excited to work with the Barentz team to bring our products to North America. Cinnamon holds a special place in the food experiences of people and cultures around the world. We look forward to collaborating with customers and being part of that unique food experience."

About Barentz
Barentz is a leading global life science ingredients and specialty chemicals distributor for the Human Nutrition, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, Specialty Industrial, and Animal Nutrition markets. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Barentz distributes ingredients for products to small- and medium-sized enterprises and large customers globally. The Group sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide and its ingredients experts provide value-added technical support (including pre-mixing, blending, customized formulation and testing) from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 60 countries with a strong presence in Europe and Asia, and a growing presence in North America and Latin America. With a turnover of € 1.5 billion the company employs around 1,500 people worldwide and serves over 21,000 customers. For more information, please visit: www.barentz-na.com.

About Royal Polak Spices
Royal Polak Spices is Europe's leading business-to-business cinnamon specialist. Located in Steenwijk (The Netherlands), Polak serves the food industry across Europe, from the bakery and pastry segments to the dairy, beverages and (sports) nutrition markets. With over 150 years of experience Polak uses a wide range of cinnamon varieties and other spices to create the unique tastes their customer's desire.