Newman's Own Spices & Seasonings

Committed to quality, sustainable sourcing & protecting the environment.

Sustainable Sourcing and Farming Practices

Why is sustainable sourcing important?

Harris Spice, as the spice supplier for Newman’s Own, works with spice farmers around the world to support sustainable sourcing practices.

Reduce the overuse of chemical pesticides

By reducing the use of chemical pesticides, sustainable sourcing programs seek to limit harmful effects on workers, farmers and their families, animals, and the environment.

Reduce the overuse of chemical pesticides

Reduce harmful ecological impacts

By creating water saving and organic soil enrichment programs, sustainable sourcing programs help reduce harm to soil, water, and plants.

Reduce harmful ecological impacts

Sustainable training and higher income opportunities

Sustainable sourcing programs seek to provide enhanced income and education opportunities for spice growing communities. Our agronomist team conducts farm training programs to educate farmers on more sustainable growing practices. Consequently, farmers and their communities are able to earn more from products that are grown under sustainable farming conditions.

Sustainable training and higher income opportunities

Improve supply chain transparency

By improving supply chain transparency through verification programs, sustainable sourcing programs help to reduce potential threats and hazards, and ensure product quality integrity.

Improve supply chain transparency

Our Approach to Sustainable Sourcing

Our spice supply chain involves sourcing over 500 varieties of spice from more than 40 countries around the world. We work with partners and spice growers to maintain spice product integrity and sustainable practices.

We collaborate, under the name of Harris Spice, with the Sustainable Spice Initiative (SSI), a global consortium of companies in the spice sector, that commits to source products sustainably.

Millions of smallholder spice growers are involved in the growth and production of spices. Many are faced with poverty and food insecurity. By encouraging consumers to learn more about sustainable spice growing practices, we at Newman’s Own hope to promote the long-term demand of good quality, sustainably grown spices. This in turn, supports the livelihood and economic resilience of spice growers.

Our Approach to Sustainable Sourcing
Theory of Change

By buying good quality and sustainably farmed spices at fair prices, sustainable spice production becomes more attractive for smallholder farmers. The farmer, by following sustainable practices, significantly reduces negative environmental impact.

This means that the sustainable production of spices becomes an important element in a diversified farmer livelihood strategy, strengthening smallholder households’ economic resilience.

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Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance seal means farmers follow a rigorous standard for more sustainable agriculture and responsible business practices, and commit to improving over time. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit rainforest-alliance.org.

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Newman’s Own offers RFA certified spices for black and white pepper. We will add additional spices with RFA certification as they become available.

Cinnamon
Black Pepper
Cumin
White Pepper
Red Pepper

Employees

In Vietnam, a key black pepper growing region, our team of dedicated agronomists conducts periodic farm visits to report on sustainability practices, and to collaborate with farmers to provide recommendations.

Employees
Dedicated agronomists work with farmers
Employees
Sustainability project management

Key Milestones of our Sustainable Farming Projects:

FARMER TRAINING

Over 1,000 black pepper farmers in Vietnam have attended our sustainability education seminars covering:

  • Applying organic soil inputs — increasing soil fertility, and improves water retention
  • Crop processing — Using hygienic drying practices and grading of harvested products
  • Global Good Agricultural Practices — Our supplier contributes to the GAP standard
  • Farmforce training — to provide greater spice growing traceability
  • Certification — How to get spices certified for FairTrade, Rainforest Alliance, and Organic

Farmer Training

Sustainable Sourcing

Approved collection centers

As the supplier for Newman’s Own Spices, Harris Spice sources from suppliers that have established approved collection centers in origin countries. This allows screening and selection of raw materials according to strict quality specifications.

Approved collection centers

American Spice Trade Association (ASTA)

Our supplier is a member of the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) and is actively involved in the shaping and proponing of ASTA’s Good Agricultural Practice standards.

American Spice Trade Association (ASTA)

Charitable contributions

We support the health, safety, and education of farming communities where we source our spice products

Charitable contributions