The challenging process of bringing Spanish delicacies to the USA

The challenging process of bringing Spanish delicacies to the USA

by Guillermo Pabon Garcia on Apr 19, 2024

Bringing authentic Spanish products to every household in the USA is not easy. From the bustling factories of Spain to the eager hands of American customers, the journey is filled with intricacies, regulations, and logistics that must be carefully navigated. At Ibérico Taste, we take pride in curating the finest selection of Spanish delicacies and ensuring they reach our customers in the United States with the utmost care and quality. Here's a glimpse into the complex process behind the scenes.

Sourcing and Production in Spain
The journey begins in the heart of Spain, where traditional artisans and modern producers alike craft some of the world's most coveted culinary treasures. Whether it's the rich, marbled Jamón Ibérico, the flavorful Chorizo Sausage or the healthy and gourmet Tinned Fish, each product undergoes meticulous production processes to meet the high standards of quality and authenticity. Our team scours the Spanish countryside to source the best of the best, forming partnerships with renowned producers who share our commitment to excellence.

Navigating Regulations
As Spanish products make their way to the United States, they encounter a labyrinth of regulations and compliance requirements. From FDA approvals to USDA inspections, each item must meet stringent standards to ensure food safety and integrity. For Spanish cured meats like Iberico Ham, which is subject to strict import regulations due to its unique curing process, obtaining the necessary permits and certifications is paramount. Our dedicated compliance team works tirelessly to ensure that every product meets or exceeds regulatory requirements, providing our customers with peace of mind and confidence in their purchases.

Ensuring compliance with FDA, USDA, and other regulatory agencies requires meticulous attention to detail and often involves additional fees and administrative expenses. From obtaining import permits to conducting product testing and inspections, each step in the regulatory process adds to the overall cost of bringing Spanish products to the USA.

To comply with FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requirements and export food products from Spain to the United States, a factory must meet a series of regulations and quality standards. These requirements include:

1. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Compliance: The factory must strictly adhere to GMP regulations to ensure food safety and quality throughout the production process.

2. FDA Registration: The factory must be registered with the FDA as a food establishment to export products to the United States.

3. Compliance with Specific Regulations: Depending on the type of food product being produced, the factory must comply with specific regulations established by the FDA for that type of food. For example, meat products must comply with USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) regulations.

4. Quality Control and Food Safety: The factory must implement appropriate quality control and food safety systems to ensure that products meet the standards required by the FDA.

5. Proper Labeling: Food products must be labeled in accordance with FDA requirements, including accurate information about ingredients, nutritional information, and any necessary warnings or precautions.

6. Compliance with Import Requirements: In addition to FDA requirements, the factory must comply with import requirements established by U.S. customs authorities.

It is important for the factory to maintain detailed records of all production processes and be willing to undergo regular inspections by the FDA to ensure ongoing compliance with requirements.

Logistics and Transportation
Once the products are ready for export, the real logistical challenge begins. Coordinating international shipments, navigating customs procedures, and ensuring timely delivery require careful planning and execution. Temperature-sensitive items like Anchovies, Boquerones or other Canned Seafood and Iberian Cold Cuts must be transported under controlled conditions to preserve their freshness and flavor. At Ibérico Taste, we partner with trusted logistics providers who specialize in handling perishable goods, ensuring that our products arrive in pristine condition, ready to delight our customers.

The logistical challenges of transporting perishable goods across international borders come with a hefty price tag. Temperature-controlled shipping, customs duties, and freight charges all contribute to the cost of importing Spanish products. Additionally, unforeseen delays or disruptions in transit can result in additional expenses for expedited shipping or storage.

Arrival and Distribution in the USA
After a journey spanning thousands of miles and crossing oceans, Spanish products finally arrive on American soil. From our warehouse in Doral (FL) across the country, we carefully inventory and inspect each item before they make their way to our customers' homes. Whether it's a bustling metropolis or a quaint suburban town, we strive to bring the taste of Spain to every corner of the United States, spreading joy and culinary delight with each delivery.

Ibérico Taste: Connecting Cultures through Food
At Ibérico Taste, our mission goes beyond just selling Spanish products – we're passionate about fostering cultural exchange and appreciation through food. By offering an authentic taste of Spain to both Spanish expatriates and American consumers, we aim to bridge the gap between cultures and create shared experiences around the dinner table. Our commitment to quality, authenticity, and customer satisfaction drives everything we do, and we're proud to play a role in promoting the rich culinary heritage of Spain in the United States.

In conclusion, the journey of Spanish products from factory to table is a testament to the dedication and passion of everyone involved, from the producers in Spain to the logistics experts and retailers in the USA. By overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities, we're able to bring the best of Spain to American shores, enriching lives and palates along the way. So the next time you savor a slice of Jamón Ibérico or indulge in a tin of seafood, remember the incredible journey it took to reach your plate – and the countless hands that made it possible.

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