Understanding Expeller-Pressed Oils in Food Manufacturing

Expeller-pressed oils have emerged as a popular ingredient among food manufacturers for the better-for-your snacks. Consumers are more worried than ever about the origin and the ingredients of the foods they consume but what are expeller pressed oils and why are these considered healthier oils?

Expeller pressing is the mechanical method for extracting oil from seeds and nuts. It involves crushing the raw material, such as soybeans, sunflower seeds, or olives using a mechanical press without the use of chemicals or excessive heat.  Cold-pressed oils are extracted using a similar mechanical process as expeller pressing, but the raw material is kept at a lower temperature during extraction. CHO’s bulk organic and conventional extra virgin olive oil are cold pressed extracted at temperature below 79F. In this video you can see the full process of the production of our EVOO:

One of the key advantages of expeller pressing is its ability to retain the natural goodness of the oil. Because no heat or chemicals are involved in this extraction process, our expeller-pressed extra virgin olive oil and High Oleic Sunflower oil maintain their original flavor profile and nutritional content. Essential nutrients like vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids remain intact, providing a healthier option for food manufacturing and consumption. Expeller-pressed extra virgin olive oil retains higher levels of antioxidants like polyphenols compared to oils extracted using heat or chemicals.

Some oils, such as canola oil and soybean oil, are extracted using chemical solvents like hexane. While solvent extraction is efficient and cost-effective, it may leave trace amounts of solvent residues in the oil. Expeller pressing offers a solvent-free alternative that appeals to consumers seeking a purer, more natural option.

Expeller-pressed oils offer a healthier alternative to chemically extracted or refined oils, thanks to their gentle extraction process that preserves nutrients and flavor. Choosing expeller-pressed oils can enhance the nutritional value and taste of products.

Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you with your next oil requirement.