Starwest Botanicals was founded in 1975 as a small retail shop in Sacramento, California, with a focus on selling higher quality botanicals, herbs and spices at competitive prices. In 1979, the company built its first milling equipment to have better control over processing and quality control. In 1980, Starwest began importing from several different countries around the world, supplying manufacturers and wholesalers, and supporting the fledgling organic ingredients industry. In 1983, Starwest was named to Inc. magazine’s “Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list. Prior to the acquisition, the company was one of the largest independently-owned, vertically integrated, value-add processors and suppliers of organic botanicals, herbs, and spices in the United States, with nearly 200,000 sq. ft. of modern warehouse and production space.