Our Services

Regulatory Compliance & Certification

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We help your business sail through the sea of regulatory alphabet soup. HACCP, OSHA, GMP, SSOP, USDA, FSMA, FSVP, PCQI, HARPC, FD/IA, etc. We also support certification efforts in organic, kosher, halal, fair trade, vegan, non-gmo, and others. In addition, we offer full label review and layout support to meet FDA food label laws. With updates in compliance laws, we'll handle the details for you. Finally, we offer third party food safety certification for GMP and HACCP facilities.

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Blending & Product Sourcing

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We can help you match or create a perfect tea, coffee and spice product for your line and assist you in sourcing ingredients and contract manufacturers to package your quality branded products in multiple formats (loose, tea bag, single cup, powder, RTD, CBD, probiotic, functional, etc.) to suit your customers needs.

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Training

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Let us help you with developing your own company training or on-site trainings for your team. From leaf-to-cup to the science behind tasting to required OSHA & food safety training, we've got you covered. We also offer World Tea Academy endorsed Certified Tea Craftsman courses.

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Regulatory Compliance & Certification Support

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Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory compliance is a tricky business, wading your way through a sea of alphabet soup, trying to understand legal legislation dealing with your business practices. Trying to figure this out by yourself or hiring an experienced employee will cost you a lot of money and time. Let our trained experts help you ensure your business is meeting all the required regulations. We customize our solutions to match your needs: internal self checks, gap analysis, developing procedures, writing programs, required training, certified third party food safety audits, lab testing, and more. Whether it is something simple, like validating your current program, or starting from the ground up, we can help manage your risk!


HACCP 

Management system for addressing food safety analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of the finished product. In today's food manufacturing environment having a HACCP plan has become mandatory.


OSHA

The mission is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working people by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. This agency is also charged with enforcing a variety of whistle blower statutes and regulations. All companies with at least two people working, must follow OSHA regulations.


GMP

Good Manufacturing Practices are the practices required in order to conform to the guidelines recommended by agencies controlling authorization and licensing for manufacture and sale of food. These guidelines provide minimum requirements that a food product manufacturer must meet to assure that the products are of high quality and do not pose any risk to the consumer or public.


SSOP

Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures is the common name given to the sanitation procedures in food production plants which are required by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the USDA and regulated by 9 CFR part 416 in conjunction with 21 CFR part 178.1010. It is considered one of the prerequisite programs of HACCP and part of GMP. 


FSMA

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is considered the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting focus from responding to contamination, to preventing it. If you are not updated with these new regulations, your production facility could be operating outside the current legislation. This is ever-evolving as new laws are approved and enacted.


PCQI

 A Preventive Controls Qualified Individual “means a qualified individual who oversees or performs 1) preparation of the Food Safety Plan, 2) validation of the preventive controls, 3) records review, 4) reanalysis of the Food Safety Plan, and other activities as appropriate to the food. This can be a trained employee or hired consultant.


Food Defense 

The protection of food products from intentional contamination or adulteration by biological, chemical, physical, or radiological agent falls under Food Defense. It addresses additional concerns including physical, personnel, and operational security. This helps reduce the risk of tampering or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist actions on the food supply.


FDA Third Party Audits

Third party certification and reporting that shows your customers you meet all current GMP and HACCP regulations. In today's regulatory environment, having a third party stamp of approval gives your customers peace of mind that you actually do what you say you do and that the products they purchase from you are created with food safety in mind. 


Lab Testing

We work with our network of accredited laboratories to provide a wide range of microbiological testing and chemical analysis. Our experts help you ensure that your food safety and quality programs deliver the critical information you need to continually improve your process controls and measurement systems. Our food testing laboratories provide the most comprehensive portfolio of food safety testing services in the industry. 


And More!

Though the above covers the majority of the regulatory services for production facilities, we do also support others, as needed, on a customized basis. This could include: DOT, local regulations, warehouse and distribution facilities, general business OSHA (not in direct manufacturing or distribution), etc.

Certification Services

Getting your products certified can be a challenging endeavor. Each certification company has their own rules and regulations; some of which are driven by US legislation. Often times, filling out the application is only the first step. Then you need to ensure your packaging and ingredients and production process and warehouse storage all follow their guidelines. This almost always means updating or creating new processes and procedures; that then need to be trained on. Then they show up at your door wanting to audit your facility to ensure you are following their requirements, as well as, any governing regulations. Some even require ongoing reporting to maintain good standing which could lead to higher costs if not done correctly. Stop wasting time trying to figure all of this out and let us manage your certifications for you, so you can concentrate on growing your business.

USDA Organic, Kosher Certifications, Fair Trade, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Rain Forest Alliance, Halal, and more. We can help get your products certified and source the products you need to meet your taste and certification requirements!

USDA Organic 

Certifies products that follow the federal standards set by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) set forth by the standards implemented in the wake of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Organic standards address many factors: soil quality, pest & weed control, non-gmo, prohibited use of most synthetic fertilizers & pesticides, etc.


Kosher

Certifies products  that are fundamentally concerned with foods conforming to the biblical and rabbinic traditions of kosher dietary laws, often referred to as the Laws of Kashrut. Not governed by any federal regulations, but answerable to the Rabbi of the certifying agency. Example logo shown here, is of Earth Kosher, though, we can work with any kosher agency.


Fair Trade

Certifies products that were made with respect to the people involved and the planet. Social, environmental, and economic standards which work to promote safe, healthy work conditions, protect the environment, enable transparency, and empower communities to build strong, thriving businesses.


Rain Forrest Alliance

Certifies that products come from farms or farm groups that are managed to the Sustainable Agriculture Network's (SAN) rigorous standards, which are designed to provide workers and their families with dignified, safe conditions and to protect the local wildlife and waterways. Works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods.


Non-GMO

Certifies that products and labels have been third party validated to show they contain no genetically modified organisms (GMO). All USDA organic certified products meet non-gmo standards. 


Vegan

Certifies that products meet certain standards for those following a vegan lifestyle. Products must not contain meat, fish, fowl, animal by-products (including silk or dyes from insects), eggs or egg products, milk or milk products, honey or honey bee products. Suppliers must verify and attest that no animal products were used in the manufacturing of ingredients. 


Halal

Certifies that products conform to the dietary set of guidelines for Muslims living an Islamic lifestyle. Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. Typically concerned with meat, meat by-products, slaughtering of animals, blood and blood by-products, and alcoholic drinks and intoxicants.


And More!

There are many, many more certifications your company or products can get certified in. While we have covered the top certifications, if your company wants to pursue other certifications we can help support these efforts as well. 


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Blending & Sourcing Solutions

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Match or Create an On-Trend Blend

With 20+ years of experience in tea and coffee, our research and development experts are guaranteed to take your product offering to new heights. Our vast knowledge of products and delivery methods has won us many awards over the years. Our fingers are always on the pulse of what is trending and emerging to ensure your products stand out in today's competitive environment. Supply us with a small sample or list of ingredients and we'll get started creating or replicating your desired taste profile. 

Seeking an Ingredient Source

Having a hard time finding just the right ingredient? Having issues trying to import direct from oversea suppliers? Wish you could find what you are looking for in stock in the US? Then you have come to the right place!   


Our network of domestic and international supply partners can help you track down quality ingredients. Whether you require just a small quantity or a container load, we have what you need. Over the past two decades we have developed and weeded out supply partners to include those that truly understand our industry. We know what documentation is required upon purchasing and we guarantee that what you sample, is what you will receive. 

Contract Manufacturers

We work with several contract manufacturers to make sure your products, once developed and sourced, are made safely in your private labeled packaging. Our minimums start as low as 5lbs for packaged items and custom blends starting as low as 25lbs. Our manufacturers have the ability to pack loose tea into pouches, form fill bags, canister or tins, eco-friendly tea bags without string and tag, tea bags with string and tags (no staple), pyramid sachets, single cup, soluble stick packs, and iced tea pouches for home brew from 1-4 quarts. Additionally, ingredients can be milled to the desired size to fit your packaging, graphic designs can help design your packaging from labels, printed bags, or in-house customer printed boxes. 

Tea & Tea Blend Ingredients

Camellia sinensis, commonly referred to as tea, is at the heart of growing your business. Our strategic domestic and international partners offer the full array of tea types (white, green, yellow, oolong, black, pu-erh or dark teas), tea grades (OP, BOP, BOPF, FAN, etc.) and origin (China, Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India, Africa, etc.), as well as, certifications (organic, fair trade, etc.)


Herbs & Flowers

Herbs and flowers are a huge category that covers every conceivable edible plant and its many plant parts. Our strategic partners offer the full array of plant parts (root, stem, leaf, flower, pollen), plant types (herbal tea, tisane, ayurvedic, functional, wild, cultivated, etc.) origins and certifications. Whether it's a pretty flower to enhance the look of your blend or an herb to support a claim, we have what you are looking for. 


Fruits & Nuts

Our fruits come in either naturally dried or freeze dried and are available either whole, in part, or in powder form - a perfect way to enhance your blend with natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Additionally, we offer an array of nuts suitable for blending. (Note: It is critical that if you purchase nuts you must have an allergen control plan to ensure no cross contamination. We can help with that as well.)


Flavorings

Flavoring is critical to the tea and coffee industry. So many consumers prefer to experience their beverage flavored. However, that flavor must taste and smell the same and there must not be any medicinal, metallic or perfume taste. Our partners have worked with us for over two decades and know what makes a perfect flavor for our industry. Great pricing and low minimums make us an invaluable partner.


Functional Ingredients

We have sources for today's on trend functional beverages: Cannabidiol (CBD), probiotic that survives the steeping process,  and functional herbs and powders for Detox, Hair/Skin/Nails, Sleep/Calm, Energy/Focus/Brain, Women's Health, Men's Health, Gut, Inflammation, Libido, Pre/Post Workout, etc.


Spices

Whether ground, in part, or whole, our spices will help your blends come alive. Our partners offer spices that can be used as a way to add depth and character to your cooking or to awaken the spirit in your blended tea or coffee. From traditional spices to exotic, our supply partners have what you need to spice up your offering.


Coffee 

Whether you are trying to source the best quality green coffee beans or on the hunt for artfully roasted whole bean or ground coffee, our network of supply partners are sure to please. Our partnerships offer a wide range of products to help you ensure your customers have the best drip or espresso coffee experience. 


Much More!

Chocolates, Packaging, Tea Wares and other Restaurant Supply Items - what are you seeking?  Chances are, we have a vendor or supplier who can assist with providing a solution to your need. Contact us and let's see how we can help.

Award-Winning Tea Blender

Here's a selection of awards Scott Svihula's tea blends were honored to receive: 

  • 2019 Global Tea Championship - Small Batch Iced Tea - Flavored Black
  • 2018 Global Tea Championship - Small Batch  Iced Tea - Flavored Black
  • 2018 Global Tea Championship - Small Batch  Iced Tea - Blended Herbal
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship - Sleep/Relax Blend
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship - Matcha Blend Powder
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship - Single Cup - Herbal Blended Tisane
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship - Commercial Fresh Brewed Flavored Herbal
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship - Flavored Black
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship - Masala Chai
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship - Breakfast Blend
  • 2017 Global Tea Championship  -  Blended Pu-erh/Dark
  • 2015 North American Tea Championship - Fresh Brewed Herbal Iced Tea
  • 2012 North American Tea Championship - BIB Black Iced Tea
  • 2012 North American Tea Championship - Fresh Brewed Black Iced Tea
  • 2012 North American Tea Championship - BIB Sweet Black Iced Tea
  • 2012 North American Tea Championship - Fresh Brewed Green Flavored Iced Tea
  • 2011 North American Tea Championship - Blended Black Hot Tea
  • 2011 North American Tea Championship - Blended Green Hot Tea
  • 2011 North American Tea Championship - Breakfast Hot Tea
  • 2011 North American Tea Championship - Flavored Fruit Blend Hot Tea
  • 2010-2011 World Beverage - RTD Tea
  • 2010 North American Tea Championship - Flavored Black RTD Tea
  • 2010 North American Tea Championship - Sweet Green RTD Tea
  • 2010 North American Tea Championship - Genmaicha Hot Tea
  • 2010 Sofi -  RTD Tea
  • 2009 North American Tea Championship -Top Tea Cocktail
  • 2008-2009 World Beverage - RTD Tea (1st ever US tea company to win)
  • 1998-2006 SCAA - Golden Cup Master Brewer

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Training

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All Your Education Solutions Provided by Hula Consulting

The training programs we offer reach far and wide, from onsite to webcast. Whether we customize a training program for your company or you select one of our out-of-box training programs, we promise a fun and educational experience. 


We offer training programs that cover a wide range, from meeting regulatory compliance, to tea and coffee industry related topics. All of our training programs come with qualified and/or certified instructors, class materials, attendant certificates and company training documentation. Fully customizable, we can include tests, hands-on exercises, videos, etc. 

Certified Tea Craftsman™ Education Courses

Hula Consulting is honored to instruct tea education courses endorsed by the World Tea Academy.  To view current scheduled courses, please visit teaeducator.com.  


We'd love to discuss customized courses tailored to your tea and product needs for your next corporate event! Give us a call or email to discuss your needs. 

Some of Our Successful Training Courses:

  • Everything Tea Related (from leaf-to-cup)
  • Science Behind Taste and Aroma
  • How to Blend and Flavor
  • Quality Control
  • ​Organic Procedures
  • OSHA 
  • Food Processing Sanitation / Hygiene
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Food Safety for Warehouse & Distribution
  • Water Chemistry
  • ​Industry Trends and Consumer Behaviour
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Get an ROI on Your Trade Show

Employee Safety Regulations

Every company must be conducting training, at minimum, upon hire and annually, to meet many of the OSHA training regulations. If you employ even one person, you fall under this criteria. Investing in training not only ensures compliance, but will also pay back over and over again in fewer injuries & illnesses, better morale, lower insurance premiums, increased sales, competitive advantage, and longer term employment.


Train the Trainer

Looking to train your specialty group of staff? Our more advanced training programs give future trainers the knowledge to succeed. 


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