Fun Facts of Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Growers of Hawaii

Verifying Origin

Providing origin confidence for Macadamia Growers of Hawaii.

The Macadamia Growers of Hawai‘i, a newly formed group of Hawai‘i macadamia nut growers, is using rigorous scientific analysis to provide transparency to consumers of products implying Hawai'i origin but containing foreign macadamia nuts.

In collaboration with the Hawai‘i Macadamia Nut Association, the new organization has contracted international powerhouse Oritain, which verifies the geographical authenticity of a broad range of products, including wools, cottons, denim, serums, and fruits and protects the reputations of industries and companies.

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We hope the study will foster transparency among everyone along the supply chain from manufacturers and distributors to retailers.

Macadamia Growers of Hawaii's partnership with Oritain.

Oritain uses scientific testing to measure a product’s stable isotopes and trace elements and verify its origin. The methodology originated in the criminal forensic field and has since been peer-reviewed in scientific journals over the last two decades.

Oritain runs this data through its statistical models to produce an “Origin Fingerprint” that it then uses to test subsequent samples as they move through the supply chain. Any samples that are inconsistent with the “Origin Fingerprint,” have likely been adulterated.

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Traceability like no other.

Oritain’s unique methodology applies forensic science and data to detect naturally occurring elements in a product or raw material. Soil composition, climate, altitude and other environmental factors all reveal the details of a product’s origin - which we call an Origin Fingerprint.

Once we’ve created an Origin Fingerprint, it can be used to audit our clients’ products at any point in the supply chain - to clearly differentiate the legitimate from the fraudulent.

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