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2023 Check Sample Program: Registration Open

The ASTA Check Sample Program aims to strengthen laboratory credibility and promote high levels of accuracy within and among laboratories using standard analytical test methods for spices and herbs. 2023 participating labs can select from the following options: Red Pepper Chemistry – HPLC Heat, ASTA Color, Water Activity Black Pepper Chemistry – Volatile Oil, Moisture, […]

Celebrating World Food Safety Day

How the Spice Industry Promotes Global Food Safety Throughout the Spice Supply Chain Food safety is a core focus of the spice sector, an inherently global industry that long-ago shaped trade routes still essential in today’s supply chain. Those lasting trade routes have received much attention as COVID-19 lockdowns and port congestion have pressured the […]

Pontus Mattsson Elected President of ASTA

April 19, 2022 (WASHINGTON) – Pontus Mattsson, Vice President of Supply Chain and Administration at Silva International, was elected President of the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA)’s Board of Directors. Mr. Mattsson was elected for a one-year term by the Board last week at the 2022 ASTA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Miami, FL. “I […]

A Woman with Leadership and Vision

How One Determined Farmer Changed Her Family’s Fortunes With Black Pepper Foreword by Laura Shumow, ASTA Executive Director In August 2019, ASTA member Heifer International invited me and ASTA’s president at the time, David Solomon, to Guatemala to visit the spice farmers that are part of their Green Business Belt Initiative, a project that aims […]