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Spices 201 Open for Registration

The web series Spices 201 – Continuing Education on Spices for Industry Professionals offers a focused overview of top traded spices, including the spice profile, growing regions, harvest information, global production, processing, uses, consumption, quality and regulatory information. This series covers:• Part I – Garlic and Onion• Part II – Black Pepper• Part III – […]

Marty Mitchell Outstanding Service Award

The 2022 inaugural recipient of the Marty Mitchell Outstanding Service Award is Greg Sommerville. The Executive Committee developed this award to acknowledge an ASTA volunteer who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and to the success of the association. ASTA developed this new award in memory of Marty Mitchell, who passed away peacefully on […]

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 […]

2022 Check Sample Program Open for Registration

Registration for the 2022 Check Sample Program is now open. The ASTA Check Sample Program is designed to allow spice laboratories to evaluate a common range of analyses on spices that are significant to the spice trade. The program allows individual laboratories to evaluate their performance and set goals for improvement and consistency in analyses. Participating labs can […]