Ceylon Cinnamon Powder

  • Thawalama, Sri Lanka

Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Sri Lanka is the world’s largest producer of Ceylon cinnamon to the world. Ceylon cinnamon has a pale brown to slightly reddish color and a delicate, sweet flavor. Ceylon cinnamon is the safest cinnamon in the world due to a lower level of Coumarin (0.017g/ Kg.)

Other Name/s: Sri Lanka Cinnamon, True Cinnamon, Pure Ceylon Cinnamon, Cinnamomum Verum, Ceylon Canela & Mexican CinnamonCountry of Origin: Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Grades: Because there is no industry grading system, we follow our own grading system for Ceylon cinnamon powder.

Grade 1: Made of 100% quillings, minimum 1% volatile oil content
Grade 2: Made of 70% quillings and 30% chips, minimum 0.6% volatile oil content
Grade 3: Made of 20% quillings and 80% chips, minimum 0.3% volatile oil content

Minimum Order Quantity: 500 Kgs (1100 pounds)

Sri Lanka Standards:
SLS 81: 2010 Sri Lanka Standard for Specification for Ceylon Cinnamon
Grading Cinnamon based on the diameter of quills, number of quills per Kilogram and extent of foxing.

SLS 1327: 2008 Code of Hygienic Practice for Spices and Other Dried Aromatic Plants

Value Added Products We Do:
Private label spices bottles and bags
Cinnamon capsules

Organic [USDA, EU, and Korean] [Optional]
Country of Origin
Phytosanitary certificate
Fumigation certificate



  1. Ant Commodity Community Processing Center (CPC): The majority of cinnamon farmers in Sri Lanka own less than four acres of land. That is why we can’t expect farmers to have the ability to sell directly to end-buyers without using traders. Farmers in Matara, Deiyandara, Kamburupitiya, Alpitiya, Ambalangoda, Kurudugahahathemma, and Galle supply their cinnamon to our CPC in Tawalama, Galle. The CPC process the cinnamon and export to buyers overseas. Please refer Our Model page to learn more about how CPC operates.
  2. Ceylon Cinnamon Alba Farmer Group – Ant Commodity recently formed a 16 woman farmer group in Helaudakanda, Sri Lanka. Alba is the highest grade of Ceylon cinnamon available in the cinnamon industry.
  3. Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder Group – In collaboration with Tea Connoisseurs Delight, Ant Commodity works with Ceylon cinnamon farmers in Habarakada village to produce Ceylon cinnamon powder. Ceylon cinnamon farmers supply quilling to CPC in Tawalama, Galle, Sri Lanka. Galle. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RH6KETM 

SLS 81: 2010 Sri Lanka Standard

Ceylon Cinnamon Grade Diameter of quills  mm, max Number of whole quills (1050mm) per kg min Extent of foxing % max 
Alba 6 45 10
C5 special 6 35 10
C5 10 31 10
C4 13 24 10
C3 16 22 15
C 0 17 20 20
  19 18 25
M5 special 16 22 50
M5 16 22 60
M4 16 18 60
Hamburg   |  
H1 23 11 25
H2 25 9 40
H3 38 7 60

Chemical Requirements of Cinnamon: Sri Lanka Spice Council



ESA requirements

ISO-6539 : 1997 Requirements

SLSI / ISO Test Methods


5.0 % w/w (max)

7% w/w (max)

5% on dry basis max

SLS 186 : Part 5

ISO 928

Acid insoluble ash

1.0% w/w (max)

2% w/w  (max)

1% (m/m) dry basis max

SLS 186 : Part 3

ISO 930

H2O %

15.0 w/w (max)

15 % w/w (max)

14% (m/m) max

SLS 186 : Part 4

ISO 939

Volatile Oil

1.0 ml/ 100g (min)

0.45 w/w (min)

ml/100g on dry basis min.

Whole Cinnamon – 1%

Ground Cinnamon – 0.7%

SLS 186 : Part 11

ISO 6571

Cleanliness Specifications: American Spice Trade Association

Whole insect dead by count

Excreta mammalian by mg/lb

Excreta other by mg/lb

Mold % by weight

Insect infested % by weight

Extraneous matter % by weight







Defect Action Level: United States Food and Drug Administration for Ceylon Cinnamon

Cinnamon Whole


(MPM – V32)

Average of 5% or more pieces by weight

is moldy


Insect filth

(MPM – V 32)

Average of 5% or more

pieces by weight are insect-infested


Mammalian excreta

(MPM – V32)

Average of 1 mg or more mammalian excreta

per pound



Insect filth

(AOAC 968’38B)

Average of 400 or more

insect fragments per 50 grams


Rodent filth

(AOAC 968.38

Average of 11 or more rodent hairs per 50


 Maximum levels of heavy metals tolerated in spices and herbs: European Spice Association mg/kg

Heavy Metal

Max. Level  (mg/kg)