The Ultimate Food Enhancer: Spice Up Your Life!

Great news for kosher consumers and all of us who value quality cuisine and quality of life! America’s leading spice distributor, Harris Spice Company, is pleased to announce that it has recently attained OU Kosher certification.

Spices have long served as the key ingredient that make world-class chefs’ recipes so flavorful. They commonly contain very little to zero fat, zero calories, zero sodium and zero sugar. So, they’re good for you too.

For 45 years, Harris Spice has been providing first-rate spice and custom-seasoning solutions to both the foodservice and industrial food segments. Harris now seeks to expand the business beyond its traditional western US base. OU Kosher certification offers existing customers as well as new markets an added assurance of the company’s commitment to excellence.

“The spices we process, be they for our retail, food service or industrial customers, meet the highest standards established by the industry,” says Peter Shah, president of Harris Spice. “We think of spice as more than a commodity, but a commitment to quality and service.”

Spice Products is a recently acquired division of Harris Spice, a subsidiary of the global spice and tea group – Harris Freeman & Company, Inc., which produces and supplies private label black, green, decaf, herbal, and specialty teas; and iced tea mixes for retail and wholesale grocers, specialty food stores, drug chains, and mass merchandisers in the United States and internationally.

Working in conjunction with Harris, Spice Products will be able to leverage the multi-national resources of the parent company with respect to worldwide sourcing, commodity trading, and superior quality and production standards.

The company employs over 800 employees with manufacturing and distribution sites in eight US states. Harris Freeman has grown through innovation, customer development, acquisition and investment. We are well diversified in Spice, Tea, Flexible Packaging and ERP Software development. We are vertically integrated with Spice Processing plants in Vietnam, India and Turkey.

The new state-of-the-art facility in Anaheim, CA, includes all the essentials for manufacturing top-of-the line spices such as:

  • Modern spice blending and spice processing equipment
  • Multiple flexible packaging and spice jar filling capabilities
  • Solar electric-generation for plant operations
  • On-site micro-testing and quality assurance labs
  • Product development lab and test kitchen
  • Climate-controlled storage for temperature
  • Barcoding and product traceability technology
  • Experienced product development, culinary, and technical staff to assist customer needs

Harris Spice considers itself a one-stop shop for all sterilized (Steam and ETO-treated) spice products, with the ability to offer food-safe products palletized in full or mixed containers with a certificate of analysis.

Along with its dedication to quality, the company knows that lasting success requires solid business relationships. To that end, Harris continues to cultivate close ties with spice growers across the globe.

“We wouldn’t be successful without the farming communities in origin countries that help grow our tea, herbs, and spices,” says Shah. “They provide us with high quality products that have helped us achieve a reputation for excellence.”

Standing by those words, the Harris Freeman Foundation is devoted to improving the lives of growers in product-sourcing regions and sustaining the tea and spice supply – with projects in Argentina, Malawi, India and Vietnam.

So, go ahead, spice up your life! Harris Spice promises to make every meal a more flavorful, healthful and OU Kosher experience.

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Bayla Sheva Brenner