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Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1958, the “Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Company” (Kalsec®) began as a producer and marketer of natural herbs and spices for food manufacturers.

Flavour your products naturally.

Aromatic SpicesFrom popular onion and garlic culinary specialties to our unique delivery systems that provide distinct flavour expression, Kalsec® has been developing innovative, breakthrough natural flavour extracts for more than 50 years. Collaboration with our highly trained sensory and applications experts ensure the performance standard and consistent flavour profile your products require. Let our science and broad range of internal resources help you develop the optimum flavour solution for your application

Manage Oxidation...Naturally.

Rack of LambRosemary extracts have historically been used to enhance flavour and to inhibit oxidative deterioration in foods, fats and oils. Herbalox® Seasoning is a natural rosemary extract with standardized colour and flavour and oxidation inhibiting properties. Because its functional properties are controlled, it provides consistent, reliable performance. It is ideally suited for addition to any food product or ingredient that could benefit from the mild masking effect of rosemary flavour or its natural ability to improve shelf life by reducing oxidative deterioration.

Oxidation is a chain reaction, propagated by highly reactive free radicals generated during the initial oxidation stage. These free radicals react within the system to form compounds which cause off odors, flavors and overall quality deterioration. Herbalox® Seasoning contains naturally occurring phenolic compounds which inhibit oxidation by inactivating the highly reactive free radicals.

We've got your color...naturally.


Natural ColoursResearch has reported that approximately 80% of what we experience through the senses is visual. Nine out of 10 consumers place visual appearance and color above other factors when shopping. As many as 85% of consumers place color as a primary reason for why they purchase a product.1 How a product looks impacts the consumer's purchase and even influences how food and beverages are perceived through taste.

Consumers are looking for simpler, cleaner ingredient statements. They want to know and understand the ingredients in the food and beverages they consume. The use of natural colors derived from fruits, vegetables and other sources alleviates consumer concerns regarding synthetic food colours. Since 2011, revenues for natural colors have exceeded those of synthetic colors. Claims of "No Additives/Preservatives" now comprise one of five global new product introductions.  

Many concerns regarding behavioral and health issues have been raised regarding the use of synthetic colours. The Southampton University study identified six synthetic colors, which, when ingested, may have an adverse effect on young children. The European Parliament has adopted legislation requiring foods containing the synthetic colors identified in the Southampton study to be labeled, "may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children."

Over the last 50 years the family-owned company has expanded its focus, becoming experts not only in spice and herb extraction, but pioneering breakthrough products and processes in antioxidant management and colour stabilization. The introduction of innovative products such as Herbalox® Seasoning and Durabrite® high stability colours are just two examples of Kalsec® developments which have had a major impact in these industries.

Herbs and SpicesToday, Kalsec® is an international leader in the development of spice and herb extracts, natural flavours, colours and antioxidants, modified hop extracts, dry products and nutritional ingredients for the manufactured food, beverage, nutritional and pharmaceutical markets.

Kalsec® helps food and beverages look and taste better – LONGER!

The Kalsec® products are derived from natural herbs, spices, vegetables and hops, are translated into easy-to-use liquids ideal for most formulations. These are of the highest quality and consistency available. Kalsec® is the only company whose expertise and resources encompass a full line of natural, innovative products and solutions to meet the challenges faced by food and beverage manufacturers throughout the industry and around the world.

For more than 5 decades, Kalsec® has delivered a brand built on honesty, integrity, dependability and trust. The foundation of our business is rooted in our ability to capture the essence of flavors and colors directly from nature, and to develop ingredients using ethical, safe and environmentally sustainable practices.

Kalsec’s® commitment to these practices is driven by our responsibility to each and every stakeholder in our business and by our role in the global community. As a global citizen, we strive to respect and nurture the environment and communities from which we derive our livelihoods. We honour the needs and expectations of our customers and the consumers who trust us to provide safe and wholesome ingredients.


Through our agricultural assurance program, we take steps to ensure our naturally-source ingredients provide you with the confidence that your finished food and beverages are safe and compliant. Many of our raw materials, such as carrot, are sourced through individual, Kalsec® approved farmers. In addition to routine visits to all sourcing countries, Kalsec® maintains standard practices to ensure quality ingredients are delivered to you. Kalsec® paprika and other natural colors are screened and tested for pesticide and adulterants ensuring they meet the latest standards in food regulatory compliance.


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