Manufacturers of Vegan & Free From Food & Beverage

Who We Are

Who We Are

We are a family-owned business, specialising in the manufacture and wholesale distribution of Vegan & Free From food & beverage. At Aryan Produce, we don’t consider healthy eating as simple as having a good variety of ingredients on one’s plate, but rather we factor the type & quality of ingredients used; where & how they were produced; and we pay special attention to avoid food additives that some manufactures choose to add to their products.

What We Do

Our mission is to provide you with premium quality vegan products, by sourcing the highest quality of ingredients, without the addition of food additives. We offer a fine selection of premium quality products including Meals & Appetisers, Spreads & Trempettes, Cakes & Confectionery, Fresh & Dried Fruit, Nuts & Seeds, Grains & Legumes, Herbs & Spices and Hot & Cold Beverages. We’re able to offer our fantastic range of products to both consumers & businesses at bulk & wholesale prices.

What is Vegan Food?
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A vegan diet is a plant-based diet which excludes all animal-derived substances. This includes some foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines. Despite the numerous health benefits, veganism is far more than just a positive choice to improve one’s personal health and lifestyle. In addition to saving the lives of animals from torturous slaughter, it’s also beneficial to the environment  and assists to tackle climate change while conserving the Earth’s natural resources.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to vegan food – Raw Vegan & Cooked Vegan.

Raw Vegan Food

Just like the name suggests, a raw vegan diet includes raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, legumes, sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea vegetables, herbs, spices, mushrooms, and fresh juices. The raw vegan diet involves no cooking and processing of food. Therefore foods such as cooked rice, bread, and pasta are not on the menu. However, commodities such as dried fruits are accepted as a part of the diet. Most raw food advocates deem cooking to be unnatural and unhealthy; and make claims about the health benefits associated with their way of eating.

Cooked Vegan Food

A cooked vegan diet includes not only the raw vegan menu, but also the option to boil, roast, steam or stir fry ingredients. Advocates from this school of thought admit that some nutrients such as vitamin C and certain B vitamins are lost during the cooking process, however, they claim that this breakdown is insignificant in practical terms, and that cooking breaks apart fibers and cellular walls to release nutrients that otherwise would be unavailable from the same raw food.

What is Free From Food?
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The term Free From signifies a type of Food that excludes ingredients some consumers are allergic or intolerant to, such as dairy or gluten. Practically speaking, all foods have a capacity to cause an allergic reaction to those who are sensitive to proteins. However, there are some common foods responsible for the majority of allergic reactions. According to the Food Standard Agency (FSA), In the UK, under the EU Law, there are 14 allergens that Food businesses must provide information on if used as ingredients for any food or drink sold. These include:

  • Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats
  • Crustaceans for example prawns, crabs, lobster, crayfish
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Milk
  • Nuts; namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia (or Queensland) nuts
  • Celery (including celeriac)
  • Mustard
  • Sesame
  • Sulphur dioxide/sulphites, where added and at a level above 10mg/kg in the finished product. This can be used as a preservative in dried fruit
  • Lupin which includes lupin seeds and flour and can be found in types of bread, pastries and pasta,
  • Molluscs like clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid

Over the years, Free From food has become increasingly popular among the general public. It is no longer just for people who are allergic to certain ingredients but is an option for consumers who choose to go dairy or gluten free.

Our Philosophy

Artificial Ingredients & Why We Choose to Avoid Them
Aryan Produce - No Artificial Ingredients
Food additives are substances added to foods to perform a range of specific function such as improving taste, texture, appearance or increasing its shelf life. Naturally, increasing the shelf life of a product may potentially result in higher sales and profits.

However, increasing number of studies have found that there is a link between food additives and a number of health concerns including cancer and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
We choose to avoid them. While the shelf life of our products may be lower than some that do contain artificial preservatives; we are confident that our products are naturally healthier and are of a higher quality.

Food additives are categorised as follows:

Natural Additives – Some natural food additives have been in use for centuries for preservation; these include salt (to preserve sliced vegetables), vinegar (preserving food by pickling) and sugar (in marmalade). Other Natural additives are substances found in foodstuff that are extracted from one food to be used in another. For example, citric acid is an organic acid most abundantly found in citrus fruit. It has been used in foods for more than 100 years as a preservative, a sour flavoring, or an emulsifying agent. Another example would be beetroot juice which can be used to color other foods such as sweets.

Nature Identical Additives – These are man-made copies of substances that occur naturally in food. For example, The isolation and extraction of citric acid from Citrus fruits can be a very expensive process, thus to save on costs, manufacturers commercially produce it from a chemical process. This process includes feeding simple carbohydrates to Aspergillus niger mold and then processing the resulting fermented compound, often by using calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid.

Artificial Additives – These compounds are not naturally present in foods and are formed entirely through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin. Examples include Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and azodicarbonamide.

While there is little evidence that natural preservatives – when used in moderation – are bad for personal health, there is strong evidence that Nature Identical and Artificial additives are responsible for a number of health concerns.

According to World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), nitrites and nitrates which are used as preservatives in processed meat such as ham, bacon and chorizo are linked with cancer.

According to the National Health Service (NHS), “Research has found a possible link between certain artificial colors used in food and problems with hyperactivity in children. If your child is hyperactive, or has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there’s some evidence to suggest that avoiding [artificial] food colors may help.”

Why We Abstain From The Use Of Plastic Packaging!
Plastic Containers | Effects on Consumers
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Plastics are one of the most widely used materials in food packaging. This is because they are versatile, easy to print on, light in weight, cheap to produce, easier to carry and use and unlike glass, there is less fear of dropping the container and breaking it.

Recently, there has been a rise in health concerns regarding harmful components such as bisphenol A (BPA), phthalate, PVC, or polycarbonate found in plastics. According to Bearst Cancer UK “the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), used in polycarbonate bottles and food containers is a hormone disrupting chemical. Recent research suggests that despite being marketed as ‘BPA free’, commercially available plastic products leach oestrogenic chemicals when exposed to every day use.”

According to the NHS “BPA may mimic hormones and interfere with the endocrine system of glands, which release hormones around the body. Some scientists think that if it interferes with sex hormones, this could affect puberty or the menopause or cause cancers that are related to hormones.”

Glass Containers | Effects on Consumers
Glass Containers-Effects on Consumers
Glass is a completely natural commodity that contains no harmful chemicals, additives or impurities.
It is  considered a safer alternative to plastic as it pose relatively fewer risks to personal or environmental health.

This is because glass is inert (this means it does not chemically interact with other materials or leach potentially harmful chemicals such as BPA when in contact with food); non-porous (does not transfer smells or flavors and is extremely easy to disinfect, sanitise and maintain); and completely impervious to gases and liquids, keeping food safe from bacteria exposure and or other contamination that inevitably find their way into less well-protected foods.

Glass containers are also as ideal for home food storage as they are stylish. They have been safely used for hot foods or liquids due to their ability to retain temperatures well and keep packaging airtight for generations. Put simply, food and beverages stored in them taste better, for longer.

Plastic Containers | Effects on Environment
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According to the Plastic Oceans Foundation “Plastic pollution is not only impacting our waters and marine life, but also the human food chain and our overall health. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. The oceans receive over eight million tons every year.”

“Once in the ocean and broken up into tiny pieces, plastic attracts toxic chemicals released over decades from industry and agriculture, the concentration of which increases as they move up the food chain. Exposures to these chemicals have been suggested to contribute to some cancers, and infertility, as well as immune, metabolic, cognitive and behavioural disorders. The entry of plastic pieces into our food chain is of concern to human health.”

Glass Containers | Effects on Environment
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Glass is one of the most sustainable products as it is 100% recyclable, infinitely. It does not decline in quality or purity over time or biodegrade. When properly handled, it does not place an unnecessary burden on Earth’s natural resources as it can be used again and again.

This means lower carbon emission, a significant reduction in the amount of waste to landfill, and less green house gasses and carbon dioxide in to the atmosphere. Switching to glass for food preparation, eating and storage will make a significant contribution to lowing the production of plastic and thus plastic packaging waste.

Conserving The Earth’s Natural Resources
Deforestation | Recycled Paper vs Paper
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According to Population Connection “More than 80 percent of the world’s old-growth forests have been destroyed; and each year, humans cut down an additional 32 million acres of forest”. Arjo Wiggins – a leading producer of paper products – states that of all commercial trees felled worldwide, 40% are to satisfy demand for paper”. The Forestry Commission, claims that nearly 20 per cent of global carbon emissions is due to deforestation. The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the UK government and released in October 2006, found a strong link between deforestation and changes in our climate.

At Aryan produce, we’re confident that switching to recycled paper will make a significant difference in reference to tackling both deforestation and climate change issues. Simply put, using recycled paper means less demand for cutting trees, lower water and energy consumption and thus lower carbon emissions.

According to Arjo Wiggins – “Recycling paper and cardboard saves space in landfills for trash that cannot be recycled and saving space in landfills reduces the need to build more landfills. Landfill releases methane gas, which is 23 times higher and more harmful to the environment than CO2.”