▼ ► Where does the brand name Tartex originate?
Company founder Mr. Maier-Haag established the brand Tartex in 1962. Since then the name Tartex has stood for our high-quality vegetarian spreads. The name is a combination of the French terms tartiner = spread and exquis (e) / excellent = exquisite.
▼ ► What is so special about our recipe for the Tartex vegetarian paté 125g?
The recipe is based on tofu and coconut oil and contains significantly less nutritional yeast than the former pate recipes. As a result the pate is easy to spread and creamy even if cool right out of the fridge. Tofu is made of soybean paste, which is produced from proteins in the soy milk by means of denaturation and coagulation. The quark that comes out of this procedure is - similar to cheese production - drained and then pressed in blocks. Tofu is an excellent source of high-quality, vegan proteins.
The Tartex vegetarian pate 125g -spreads are 100% organic, 100% vegan and gluten-free.
▼ ► How is Tartex vegetarian pate 125g produced?
All Tartex spreads are heated during the production process and are 100% free of preservatives.
Due to the heat treatment the product may show a slight discolouration at the top edge. This discolouration may differ depending on the type of spread. The quality of the spread is in no way affected by this discolouration.
▼ ► How long can the spreads keep once open?
From our experience our spreads are good and can be kept for about 3 to 7 days. Due to the many different influencing factors it is not possible to determine an exact date/time of spoilage.
If the product consistency on the surface changes, e.g. due to mould formation, this can be traced back to the intrusion of germs from the outside. Germs exist everywhere in the air, even in fridges, at an ideal temperature of +7° Celsius. How fast they can multiply and grow depends on the grade of germ load in the surrounding air and other objects, e.g. knives or spoons, that come into contact with the spread. Fresh vegetables and fruits in close proximity may significantly increase the germ load in the surrounding environment.
Mould formation can only be slowed down with the addition of chemical preservatives. As a matter of principle, we do not add any artificial preservatives to our products to extend durability.
In order to prevent fast spoilage we recommend to extract the spread only with clean cutlery. A spread should be stored in a refrigerator once the package is opened and should be consumed within a few days.
▼ ► How is Tartex vegetarian pate 125g packed?
We can guarantee the high quality and great flavour of our spreads by using appropriate packaging. Our vegetarian pate 125g contains, among other things, nutritional yeast with B-group vitamins that are especially important for vegans. These B-vitamins are sensitive to light. Some spices are sensitive to light exposure as well.
Hence, we decided to use a plastic packaging that is lighter and environmentally friendlier in the production. This leads to a lower consumption of water and energy, lower CO2 emissions and a higher recycling rate. Furthermore, the packaging of our Tartex spread is 100% free of bisphenol A (plasticiser).
▼ ► Why is there no more Tartex tin?
Unfortunately the demand for the former Tartex pate declined more and more. Therefore we decided to launch a range of new spreads that meets customer wishes: our Tartex vegetarian pate 125g. For example, our customers advocated the omission of palm oil in our products. We now meet this wish by using coconut oil instead.
▼ ► Which Tartex products are gluten- and lactose-free?
Tartex devoted itself to full declaration: The list of ingredients of Tartex products includes all ingredients that are used for the product. We even indicate processing aids in our lists of ingredients. Compound ingredients are listed with all their individual ingredients. The list of ingredients shows possible use of ingredients of animal origin like milk or butter.
All our Tartex Export spreads are gluten-free, egg-free, lactose-free and vegetarian. Here is an overview of these products.
▼ ► Why is palm oil used in some Tartex products?
We favour premium vegetable oils for our organic products. Vegetable oils are normally fluid though and therefore they can not be used for certain Tartex products. For this kind of product we need to use oils that are solid at room temperature. One possibility to convert fluid oils into solid state is the so called "hardening". Unfortunately by using this method, unwanted and harmful trans-fatty acids can arise.
The organic industry does not use hardened fats. As an alternative, many companies use palm oil, as it is the only vegetable oil that has a solid state at room temperature.
Palm oil is an essential ingredient of some Tartex products. It is crucial for the easily spreadable consistency, the soft smoothness and long durability of the Tartex products. We only use palm oil for products, when there is no technological alternative up to now. At the same time we consider alternative oils when developing new recipes and try to avoid palm oil wherever feasible.
We source our palm oil from certified organic vendors from Columbia and Brazil. Our vendors respect not only environmental aspects but also social and economical aspects. In addition to the organic certification guaranteeing a sustainable production process, Tartex commits itself to only use palm oil that is RSPO-certified (Roundtable of Sustainable Palmoil).