Crop Reports October 2021

The Quarterly Crop Report updates were designed to align with the harvesting time of various crops to allow for more timely updates on what is happening with the different spice crops of interest to members. October crop reports are the 3rd update to the 2021-2022 quarterly calendar.  These will be presented live as part FASTA.

This quarterly update will be available to FASTA attendees.  Presentations will be available here for all ASTA members after FASTA.

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The quarterly updates will be presented in a variety of formats intended to provide more engaging and informative presentations.  A summary of the October 13, 2021 presentations beginning at 9:00 am (Eastern time) is provided below.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 9:00am – 11:45am ET


Chinese Chilis – This presentation will be a 20 minute report, followed by questions.

About the Speaker

Ramón Sabater Jr.,  Asia Manager,  Sabater Spices


Coriander  and Sesame – This presentation will be a 30-minute presentation,
followed by questions.

About the Speaker

Peter Sayia has been a partner with A.A. Sayia & Co., Inc. since 2008. Prior to joining the family business Peter spent 7 years as a fixed income trader with JP Morgan. As a Vice President he was based first in New York, then overseas in London and Hong Kong covering global debt markets. At A.A. Sayia Peter is responsible for sourcing all varieties of seeds and red peppers working with suppliers from Europe to Asia.

Black pepper – This is a 60-minute moderated panel discussion that includes a report provided by Hoang Thi Lien with Ministry of Industry and Trade, followed by questions.

About the Speakers

Moderator:  Kerri Berrios, Kalustyan
Panel: Nitin Bansal, Olam Spices, Nikhil Joseph, Nedspice, and Peter Shah, Harris Spice Co, Inc.

Kerri Berrios is the Vice President, Sales at Kalustyan Corporation. Kalustyan Corporation has been a global industry leader in ethically and sustainably sourced herbs and spices for over 70 years. Kerri has a 25-year career as a professional in the food industry. She began working at Kalustyan in 1996 and has experience in all aspects of importing, processing, bacteria reduction, and distribution of spice commodities.

Kerri oversees sales for multiple commodities, including black pepper, white pepper, red pepper, sage, and all other dry herbs and spices. At Kalustyan, she strives to form mutual relationships between industry companies to supply a safer, more savory finished product to the end consumer.

Kerri lives in New Jersey, with her husband Oscar and has two adult children, Alex and Gianna Marie. Kerri enjoys spending time doing home projects, gardening, crafting, and being with her family and cat, Jack.

Nitin Bansal is Vice President of Olam Spices responsible for Olam’s Global Pepper & Tropical product lines based in Vietnam. Nitin joined Olam in 2007 and was managing Olam’s business in Edible Nuts & Spices in China before moving to Vietnam in 2014 to assume his current role. Prior to joining Olam, he was working for 6 years in a business management role in other companies in India and China.

Nitin holds MBA in International business for the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.

Nikhil Joseph is VP Sales and Marketing for Nedspice US Inc. Nedspice is a leading global ingredients corporation headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With production facilities strategically located in the spice growing regions of Vietnam and India, Nedspice focusses on delivering safe and completely processed food ingredients from growing regions to the food manufacturing industry worldwide.

After earning a post graduate Masters in Business from Macquarie University, Sydney, Nikhil joined the international sales team at Nedspice India in early 2009. During this time he was involved in crop surveys, developing the supply chain for items such as black pepper, cumin seed and was part of the team that sowed the first seeds for what would become the Nedspice Farmers Partnership Programme, a sustainable and traceable spice farming program. Nikhil expatriated to Nedspice Group headquarters, Rotterdam in 2013 where he held increasingly responsible positions in sales and business development prior to transferring to Nedspice US in 2017.

Peter Shah is the President of Harris Spice Co, Inc. –based in Anaheim, CA. Peter joined Harris Spice’s Houston, Tx location in 1994 looking after their warehouse operations and assisting in coffee trading positions as well as managing ethnic tea sales. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Houston in 1998, Peter moved west and joined the Spice Division in Southern California as a young spice trader. Even though a Texan at heart, he call So. Cal his home where he lives with his wife and 2 teenage sons. In the 23 years since, Harris Spice has grown one of the world’s most distinguished processed-spice importer and distributor. Harris Spice possesses a strong supply chain spanning the globe with its 2 main processing plants in Anaheim & Vietnam as well as partner-affiliates in India & Turkey. Harris offers its North American, European, Far East & Australian customers a total spice solution with its core “5P” philosophy – Plant, Process, Product, Performance and Partnership. With its strength in Food Safety, fiscal conservativeness and constant product & service innovations, Harris Spice continually provides a strong end-to-end value chain. Peter currently serves in the ASTA Board and is in his 4th and final term. He loves the spice business !!

Allspice, cassia, cloves and ginger – This presentation will be a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions.

About the Speakers

Co-Presenting:  Eric Baylin and Lynn Kim, Chesapeake Spice Company

Eric Baylin is the Purchasing Manager for Chesapeake Spice Company. He has been with the company for 10 years, working in various departments. Eric assisted in the startup of Chesapeake’s West coast production facility in Reno, Nevada, spending 3 years cultivating a team and developing infrastructure for future growth.

Eric has a B.A. from the College of Charleston and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Eric currently resides in Baltimore City with his girlfriend, and enjoys hiking, skiing and golf in his free time.

Lynn Kim is International Procurement Manager at Chesapeake Spice Company. She has been with Chesapeake Spice Company for 14 years, working in spice procurement and other areas.

Chesapeake’s team consists of a group of seasoned professionals and dedicated employees who give their all daily and find meaning in their work. Each Team member is just as valued as they are valuable. Since 1987, Chesapeake Spice, a family-owned business, has flourished by advancing technology, hiring key personnel with industry knowledge and experience, and continually expanding and improving manufacturing facilities located strategically on the east and west coasts.

Lynn lives in Bel Air, Maryland, with her husband of 27 years and has two daughters. Lynn enjoys gardening, softball, time with family, friends, and the family dogs when not at work.

Thank you for sponsoring the October Crop Reports

To access the Quarterly Crop Report Calendar and archived reports, click here.

Become a Sponsor! Members only opportunity

Did you know you could sponsor an upcoming quarterly update?  As a sponsor you would be offered the opportunity to provide a five minute presentation about your company’s products and services.  This presentation would broadcast at the beginning of one of the four quarterly crop report updates. The opportunity is limited to one sponsor per quarterly update. Crop report recordings will be available to all ASTA members. Your presentation will be pre-recorded then broadcast at the beginning of the crop reports update. The recording will be clearly labeled as sponsored content and is subject to review by ASTA. Sponsoring this upcoming quarterly crop reports update is $2,500. Contact ASTA at [email protected] or call (202) 331-2460 to sponsor.