I used to do catalog photography and had a background paper rack that would hold different color paper rolls...very large rolls (8-12ft across). The photo below is very similar to what I used but would drape the bottom half across a table for a flat surface. I have a set of photography lights that I would adjust to get the least amount of shadow possible and edit the rest out.
Natural light also makes for good photography. Morning light (before 11:00am or so) is bright enough without being too intense.