Secaucus, N.J.-based Martin Bauer USA, a manufacturer of premium tea and botanical solutions for the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries, said its newest manufacturing facility in Bethlehem, Pa., received organic certification from Quality Assurance International (QAI). QAI is one of the agencies authorized by the USDA to certify organic integrity to national and international programs.

“With the organic certification, Martin Bauer USA is now fully equipped to manufacture and distribute a wide array of organic teas and herbal raw materials for use in high-quality [drinks], as well as specialty products for foodservice,” said George Pontiakos, chief operations officer at Martin Bauer USA. “It is the result of decades of science and research applied to an exacting transformation process, with one goal in mind: beverages whose flavor is just as authentic and fresh as a real home brew.”

According to Martin Bauer, the state-of-the-art facility produces an extensive portfolio of tea and herbal ingredients, including Strong Infusions, a line of the highest grade teas and botanicals brewed via a unique, gentle process with minimal exposure to heat. This allows for the flavor and aromas of the botanicals and teas to be transferred directly to the finished products (no concentrate, powder, additives or sugar).

Martin Bauer said QAI organic certification strengthens its commitment to satisfy a growing demand for safe and responsibly sourced ingredients.