The Story behind our Spice Family
Raf Nonneman established “Raf Nonneman Business Development”, a trading company providing direct shipments from origin for herbs and spices.
European Spice Services was established, covering a larger range of products. Gradually various dehydrated vegetables and capsicums entered the product range.
With a quick growth in demand for Chinese spices and AD vegetables, ESS established a sourcing office China Spice Services (CSS) in China. Quality inspection and supply chain developments became central values. Soon after, CSS became an international sales office for global sales.
ESS acquired EKO service, with strategic location near Brussels.
ESS expanded its warehouses in Ghislenghien (Gellingen) to keep ready-to-ship stocks for the European market.
Olivier Nonneman, next generation of the owners, joined CSS in Shanghai. Under the wings of General Manager Geraldine Zhu, he strengthens the ties with China and develops better supply of food safe garlic, onion, bell pepper , spices, and dehy vegetables. His main focus lays on Asia Pacific and other emerging markets.
25% of our top 3 products (garlic, bell pepper and chillies) will be sourced in a sustainable manner.
EcoVadis Gold Medal for ESS, as result of 2022 sustainability performance (12/’22)
We are proud to announce that European Spice Services has been awarded with an EcoVadis Gold Medal in recognition of its 2022 sustainability performance. ESS is now ranked in the top 5% of companies assessed by EcoVadis.
ESS awarded an AA grade BRC Agents & Brokers certification (05/’22)
We are proud to announce that European Spice Services has recently been awarded an AA grade BRC Agents & Brokers certification.
Strengthening our Quality Assurance (update 10/’19)
In October 2019, Bart De Putter joined ESS as Technical Sales Engineer. He will lead technical matters within the European market for the whole product range.
Afforestation- & Reforestation (update 06/’19)
Together with its local vendors, CSS and ESS have a policy in place protect existing forests, but also to regenerate forests.
Supplier Code of Conduct: A guide to our future (update 05/’19)
Since beginning of 2019, ESS/CSS has incorporated its own Supplier Code of Conduct. Each partnering supplier has taken the commitment to act in a responsible-, safe- and ethical manner
New Product Development: From Chinese Medicine to Super Food (04/’19)
October 2018, we launched a project to develop organic black garlic. Black garlic is available in bulb, as a paste and powder. Great for various food applications.