In the 15th century eastern trade was chief source of riches for affluent Europeans wanted spices that would not grow in Europe such as black pepper, cinnamon and cloves for preserving and flavoring their food.
In 1613 the New Netherlands Company was awarded a three year monopoly on commerce in the Americas but lost its charter when it failed to run profit. Eight years later the Dutch West India Company took over the New Netherlands Company’s territory and more though a charter to conduct trade especially spices and establish colonies in the Americas.
The American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) was established at the beginning of the twentieth century. Given its long involvement in regulating the quality of herbs and species entering the USA, ASTA standards are recognized and endorsed by the United States Food & Drug Administration (USDA).
History of spices business in United States