VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 5: Blending & Traceability

VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 5: Blending & Traceability - August 30, 2016

Last in this mini-series of short videos giving a brief introduction of essentail oil production from start to finish. Our entire production process is focused on our clients' needs. Based on GC results and customer specifications, dill weed oil and other ingredients are selected mixed together as needed. We ship in drums, pails and bottles. A unique barcode is created and attached to every container. This supports traceability all the wayback ... Read More »


VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 4: Lab, Quality & Gas Chromatography

VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 4: Lab, Quality & Gas Chromatography - August 04, 2016

To watch Part 4, follow this link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0H3SLEjNeg Or you can follow this link to see all SunWest videos on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbJ_Ye4zqzWW7vJzVvEIz8w A sample from each drum is taken as summer harvest ends that is "shot" through our GC (Gas Chromatography machine). This gives us composition data for all of our inventory. Later, depending on customer needs and which product... Read More »


VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 3: Transport & Distillation

VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 3: Transport & Distillation - July 25, 2016

Follow the link below to watch this brief video on YouTube of Part 3 that continues our mini-series showing how we produce our essential oils... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SEECP-2VV0 Wagons filled with chopped plant material are immediately transported from the field to one of our three distillation facilities. Steam, connected to the wagons via hoses, begins to break down the plant material. After a while "break through" occurs; this is ... Read More »


VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 2 - Cut & Windrow

VIDEO: How We Do It, Part 2 - Cut & Windrow - July 13, 2016

Continuing our mini-series of short videos we will be posting to YouTube in the coming weeks showing how we produce our essential oils... When it's time to harvest, we first cut and windrow the crop in the field. Following behind this, a harvester comes along and in one step chops the plant material into smaller pieces (this helps pack the plant material down evenly in the wagon which later helps the steam break it down for an "even cook") and ... Read More »


Pickle Packers International - A Great Culture!

Pickle Packers International - A Great Culture! - July 06, 2016

Whenever someone asks me what I do one of the things I tell them is about the PPI. And without fail, it always brings a smile to their face! The PPI is a fantastic trade organization that brings together and represents all corners of the pickled vegetable industry and we are proud to be a part of it! To us they're a great bunch of people with a supportive and collaborative culture. We get together twice a year to meet and discuss all things ... Read More »


Video: Essential Oils Production, Part 1

Video: Essential Oils Production, Part 1 - July 05, 2016

Video: series of short "How We Do it" films Lots of folks ask us "can we come visit during harvest?", we say "Yes!". So many people love what farming is, there's a wholesomeness and honesty about it that is very appealing. At SunWest Ingredients we've taken that and added to it by following through beyond harvest and production to serving our customers' needs. Being located way out in the Western United States we're kind of a long trip for most ... Read More »


Lavandin Grosso - Late June 2016

Lavandin Grosso - Late June 2016 - June 28, 2016

Keeping an eye on our American Lavandin Grosso; our field manager was out there today, she took a close up photo, attached here. It has really good and full bloom now so harvest has begun and the oil looks fantastic... Read More »


Dill Weed... green tops to yellow flowers. June 2016. - June 27, 2016

As with all plants, dill weed goes through a maturity process as it grows. Its main purpose in life is to re-produce, it doesn't know we're going to harvest it for its oil, and we watch it closely to time our harvest to extract great essential oil. I tried taking these two photos near the same spot so you can see how it's changed; in between two dill fields located next to each other. There's only three weeks between when these two photos were ... Read More »


American Lavandin Grosso field - May 2016

American Lavandin Grosso field - May 2016 - May 18, 2016

Checking on one of our American Lavandin Grosso fields today. The plants look very full and healthy. There's just a tiny bit of the purple flowers beginning to show. Harvest will be arriving soon; we're looking forward to it... Read More »


Video: Dill Weed seed planting - high speed!

Video: Dill Weed seed planting - high speed! - April 20, 2016

April 2016 Video - Planting Dill Weed Seed. Hit the link at the end of this post to watch this short video in YouTube. Try saying this ten times quickly: Tractor Drill Dill Weed Seed Planter! Video footage captured with our UAV quadcopter and GoPro video cameras. We recently completed sowing dill weed seed in the fields for our 2016 Dill Weed oil crop. It takes a few weeks so to make the video more interesting we sped it up! The tractor is a ... Read More »



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