• Waving the Flag

    For Camstar and the UK

    25 October 2018

    Here's CEO Ed Starke at a World Convention for Essential Oils. Camstar are able to supply an ever increasing range of both UK home grown product and international imports. Having mislaid his now familar label Ed holds the...
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  • Bore Hole for Pe-Hill School

    Water Aid for Kenyan School

    20 September 2018

    Pupils at Pe-Hill School celebrate that water will soon be abundant. This rousing dance was performed to celebrate the fact that in November work will start on a borehole. CEO Ed Starke is delighted that Camstar Herbs have...
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  • 2018 Parsley Season Starts

    28 July 2018

    At last an opportunity for all that new equipment at Chestnuts Farm to really show what it can do. After weeks of drought, causing slow growth, we're now in operation, and what's more the rains seem to have resumed...
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  • Camomile Production Now Under Way

    The 2018 Season for Camomile Essential Oil

    19 July 2018

    Camomile Essential Oil production is now in full swing, courtesy of our newly acquired steam generator which is visible in the background. Here we see the mixture of oil and condensed steam as it flows into the separation...
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  • Camomile Looking Good

    The 2018 Crop Approaches Harvest Time

    12 July 2018

    Once again it's that time of year when the sweet smell of Camomile starts to drift around the Suffolk countryside. This year's crop, under the ever watchful eye of estate manager Tim Stammers, is looking good despite the...
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  • All We Need Now is Parsley

    New Equipment in Place, but Harvest Delayed by Lack of Rain

    12 July 2018

    The last few weeks have seen the arrival of plent of new equipment as we gear up for the 2018 season. This year we're going to make every day a perfect day for harvesting, regardless of weather. Prior...
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  • Ben and Martin in Spain

    28 June 2018

    Here we see the Square of Flowers in Murcia, Spain. Visited by Camstar Ingredients Operations and Sales Director Ben Land and Group Sales Director Martin Hoxworth. In Ben's dreams this would be the ideal site for the proposed...
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  • Congratulations to Rafal and Basia

    Their Wedding in Poland

    07 June 2018

    Congratulations to our talented Engineer and Shift Supervisor Rafal Kolibski and his new wife Basia. The ceremony in Trabki Wielkie, Poland, was attended by CEO Ed Starke and Sales Director Tracey Clark.

    According to Camstar rumour part...
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  • Ed in Poland

    07 June 2018

    Having attended Rafal's wedding (see other news item) CEO Ed Starke was keen to see the sites in Gdansk, and maybe find a Polish bride of his own.

    Seems he found a lady who was at least prepared to give him...
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  • Ed at the E.S.A.

    2018 General Assembly of the European Spice Association in Florence

    31 May 2018

    C.E.O. Ed Starke's contribution to the 2018 General General Assembly of the E.S.A seems to have taken the form of an attempt to join the band. If only they'd lend him one of those hats. As...
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  • Excitement At Camstar Herbs

    New Equipment for the 2018 Season

    24 May 2018

    The world wants parsley, and as the 2018 season approaches Camstar is preparing to supply an ever increasing demand. Seen here is part of the new trace system being lifted into place.

    From this year on the...
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  • A 3rd Water Tank Now in Place

    Philanthropy is Ongoing

    03 May 2018

    A third water tank from Camstar. This one was installed at Pe-Hill School in Kenya.

    CEO Ed Starke is delighted that Camstar are able to bring the gift of water to the school. Their only good source...
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  • Beware on your Next Transatlantic Flight

    Ed Starke, Master of Disguise

    03 May 2018

    Those long transatlantic flights can obviously get a bit dull. CEO Ed Starke livens things up by pretending to be a member of the cabin staff. All you need, it seems, is the right hat and a supreme...
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  • Ed & Tracey in USA

    2018 Asta Convention in Florida

    26 April 2018

    Here's CEO Ed Starke on the promotional trail at the Annual General Meeting of the American Spice Trade Association, 2018. His cap says "Upgrade to English Parsley", and his sweatshirt declares "Camstar Herb's Ltd. England's green and pleasant...
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  • Investment for Camomile in 2018

    A new steam boiler, and more

    19 April 2018

    Here at Camstar we're looking forward to the 2018 Camomile harvest. and we've just invested £70,000 in a new boiler for the Steam Distillation process. We've also installed new condensers and will be obtaining some additional stills.

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  • Ed & Martin in Albania

    In search of Botanical Herbs

    12 April 2018

    As part of our continued drive to reduce our supply chain, the team is actively looking to work with primary manufacturers for our botanical range of products. Visiting Albania helps us to achieve our goal of 100% direct...
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  • Water Tank Installed at Obanga

    29 March 2018

    We're very pleased to see the new water tanks installed at Obanga School. Camstar have already funded a similar tank at Pe-Hill school and CEO Ed Starke is keen to continue on the philanthropic course that we're currently...
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  • Bulk Index Measurement with Precision

    Customer Satisfaction is our Priority

    22 March 2018

    Bulk index tells us the amount of volume taken up by a given amount of parsley. While finding it may seem a simple matter of weighing a certain volume this turns out to not be the case. Parsley...
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  • Sustainability Report 2018

    now available for download

    08 March 2018

    Forward into the future Camstar are developing a strategy for sustainability, ethical responsibility and increased efficiency . Good for the environment, and good for business too. This report outlines what we do already, and what plans we have...
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  • Parsley Production Flow Chart

    From Seed, to Field, to Factory, to You

    08 March 2018

    At Camstar we always want to provide the best possible products to our customers, and so we make sure we're in control at every stage. Parsley seeds are selected by Camstar for our Red Tractor Assured growers to...
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  • Our New Roaster

    and a novel approach to heat treatment

    07 March 2018

    As part of our continuing program of investment in the latest technology we're very excited to announce the arrival of our new Torbed processor from Torftech Ltd. This  uses a bed of hot air to rapidly heat the product...
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  • Ed & Tracey in India

    International Spice Conference 2018

    08 February 2018

    Here's Camstar CEO Ed Starke at the 2018 International Spice Conference in Jaipur, India, organised by the All India Spices Exporters Forum. We assume they've put that large label on him so they can be sure to send...
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  • Big Investments at Chestnuts Farm

    £510,000 for Parsley Plant

    21 December 2017

    We're making some big changes here at Chestnuts Farm, with the focus being on 'Perfect Day Parsley Every Day'. Not every day is perfect for harvest, for instance rain, however welcome for irrigation, also has the tendency to...
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  • Parsley Moisture Content Accurately Monitored

    Our New A&D MX-50 Moisture Analyser

    12 October 2017

    With the parsley season in full swing we're always looking for ways to improve efficiency and quality. The new A & D MX-50 Moisture Analyser will be used on on incoming parsley allowing an accurate set of records...
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  • More Equipment for the Camstar Group

    Our New Mill from Turner Process Equipment

    28 September 2017

    The new mill, from Turner's Process Equipment is the latest addition to our factory and gives us even more flexibility for tailoring products to our customer's needs. The mill is best suitable for cracking seeds such as coriander and cumin...
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  • Health and Safety for Our Workforce

    NEBOSH Certification for Kerry

    28 September 2017

    We're very pleased to announce that our Operations Manager, Kerry Reynolds BA Hons. has achieved certification with the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health. The NEBOSH National Diploma is the flagship NEBOSH...
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  • 2017 Camomile Harvest Now Over

    03 August 2017

    We're very pleased with the quality of this year's harvest, just finished. Camomile looked great in the field and the oil looked great in the bottle. Here we see the flowers being cut and left in rows. They'll...
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  • Philanthropy

    Water Aid for Kenyan Schools

    20 July 2017

    CEO Ed Starke's latest initiative, working with the Kenya based Cannemela Project, now comes to fruition. Camstar are very happy to announce that the water butt with associated guttering and piping is now fitted and fully operational.Read More

  • Ed Returns to his Roots

    Camomile Oil Production Now in Full Flow

    20 July 2017

    CEO Ed Starke relives his younger days, and get's stuck in with the camomile oil production. Once harvested the plants are steam distilled, with condensed steam depositing oil into the seperators. Ed demonstrated the technique for delicately skimming...
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  • Our New Sieve Shaker

    Endecotts Octagon 200CL

    08 June 2017

    The parsley season will soon be upon us and we're getting ready by investing in some new equipment. The Octagon 200CL Sieve Shaker from Endecotts is the latest new addition to our laboratory. Featuring  sets of sieves certified...
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  • Ed's Exploits Continue

    On to Mexico

    28 April 2017

    For once adopting casual address we find Ed once again trying to engage the attentions of an attractive young lady.

    At least this one didn't run away. 


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  • ASTA 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibits

    Ed & Tracey in the USA

    27 April 2017

    Here's CEO Ed Starke and Sales Director Tracey Clark in attendance at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the American Spice Trade Association. This year the AGM is located at the Hilton Austin, in Texas.
    As usual Ed...
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  • New Equipment for Camstar

    9 Tray Dehydrator

    21 April 2017

    The latest acquisition at Camstar, the 9 tray dehydrator from Excalibur, uses a fluctuating temperature pattern for rapid drying while limiting the destruction of nutrients in the food. Fruit, veg, meats and other items can be processed for...
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  • Out and About with Ed

    ...and an echo from the past

    21 April 2017

    Somewhere on a mountain in the Lake District we find CEO Ed Starke with Nick Barnes ( of Barnes Williams).  Ed's convinced that the meeting room they're looking for can't be much further.

    Rest assured they're both...
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  • Philanthropy

    Water Aid for Kenyan Schools

    23 March 2017

    The Obanga School in Kenya is situated on a rocky slope, and is without clean water supply for 6 months of the year. CEO Ed Starke was keen to help with this situation, and through our contact Roger...
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  • Ed’s Adventures in India

    23 February 2017

    Once again Camstar CEO Ed Starke travels the world, and as usual his cover story involves seeking out new connections in the spice trade, with a view to further improve the service we can offer our customers. What's...
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  • Congratulations Pawel and Anna

    Marraige for our Factory Supervisor

    14 September 2016

    At Camstar we're delighted to announce the marriage of our long term factory supervisor Pawel Lewinski to his new wife Anna. The wedding took place in Poland on 8th September, with CEO Ed Starke very much in attendance.

    Whether Ed's personal...
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  • Camomile Looking Great

    This year's harvest underway

    10 August 2016

    The scent of English Camomile is on the air at Chestnuts Farm, where a high quality crop is just being harvested. Camstar's recent efforts and  investments with the fields are starting to really take effect.

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  • Parsley Season Begins

    and the English weather isn't helping

    03 August 2016

    Finally this year's Parsley harvest is under way. Those heavy rain showers just aren't helping, so things are a little slow. Nevertheless Camstar's state of the arts plants are turning out high quality product, with our new Buhler double pass...
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  • A 4th JCB Fastrac for the new season

    22 June 2016

    In anticipation of the new Parsley season, starting July this year, we have invested in a fourth JCB Fastrac tracktor and trailer. With our policy of field to factory in less than half an hour we need to invest in...
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  • Another New Coloursorter

    Camstar at the forefront of technological innovation

    15 June 2016

    As the July start of the 2016 Parsley season approaches we've just installed a second Bühler coloursorter in our Camstar 1 plant. This one's a larger two pass sorter for improved rejection of foreign bodies.

    Meanwhile over...
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  • Ed's Adventures in Global Marketing

    11 May 2016

    At Camstar we have our eyes on the Asian market. Here's CEO Ed Starke in Indonesia, at what he claims is our first overseas branch. Whether this local style point of sale will be suitable for large volume...
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  • 2016 ASTA Annual Meeting & Exhibits

    American Spice Trade Association

    15 April 2016

    Here's Camstar CEO ED Starke networking at the 2016 ASTA Annual Meeting and Exhibits, located at the J.W. Marriot Resort and Spa in Scottsdale Arizona. He was accompanied by Sales Director Tracey Clark who like Ed has obviously made...
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  • Camstar in Indonesia

    Spices and Oleoresins in Java

    23 March 2016

    We follow heros Martin Hoxworth and Steve Clemenson in their travels, after leaving India next stop was Indonesia. In Surabaya, Java they visited production facilities and warehousing for Nutmeg, Mace, Cloves and Pepper. Local facilities included plants for...
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  • Camstar in India

    Garlic and Onion Producers

    22 March 2016

    Further adventures for the intrepid Martin Hoxworth, Camstar Group Sales Manager and Steve Clemenson, Operations Director for Camstar Ingredients.


    Travelling to Rajkot and Ahmedabad in the Gurjarat region...
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  • Camstar in India

    World Spice Congress 2016

    09 March 2016

    Camstar's Group Sales Manager, Martin Hoxworth, and Operations Director for Camstar Ingredients, Steve Clemenson were delegates at the World Spice Congress 2016, held at the renowned Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    "Target 2020: Clean, Safe and...
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  • Nothing Wasted at Camstar

    Unwanted Parsley Stalk Generates Power

    10 February 2016

    With Camstar being the largest producer of dried parsley in Europe it's not surprising that we have a fair amount of waste. The majority of this is stalk, which is separated from the leaf after drying.

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  • Test Results, can they be Misleading?

    Camstar's Guide to False Positives

    23 December 2015

    No-one would question that pesticide regulations are essential to protect consumers from the effects of dangerous chemicals. Not only are they often toxic, they are sometimes able to build up in the human body over a long period...
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  • Camstar at Food Ingredients Europe

    Presenting at the Paris Show

    10 December 2015

    The tagline for the 2015 Paris Show for Food Ingredients Europe was "Discover Innovative Ingredients". Plenty of opportunity for that at the Camstar booth.

    Camstar had a strong prescence at the event, with CEO Ed Starke and Group Sales Manager Martin...
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  • Marks and Spencer A List for Camstar

    05 October 2015

    Camstar are very pleased to announced that as of today we have achieved inclusion on the Marks and Spencer A list. This follows an in depth audit lasting two days.

    The list will provide a reference to...
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  • BRC 7 Grade AA for Camstar

    09 September 2015

    Camstar Herbs Ltd. are very pleased to be able to announce that we have recently achieved accreditation to the new BRC 7 standards. We're delighted that we've achieved AA grade, the highest possible for an announced visit.

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  • 3 New Forklifts for the Camstar Warehouse

    15 July 2015

    Over at Camstar Warehouse 1 they're very excited to have just obtained two new Jungheinrich forklifts and an Aisle Master high lift unit.

    Camstar continues to invest in the lastest and best technology for maximum efficiency....
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  • Camstar at the European Spice Association

    General Assembly 2015

    24 June 2015

    Once again Camstar are making their prescence felt at the General Assembly of the European Spice Association. Here's CEO Ed Starke representing us at the main event in Berlin.

    Ed was accompanied by Sales Manager Tracey Clark.

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  • Arrival of the Vibratory Screening Conveyor

    The Latest Technology for Foreign Body Removal

    17 June 2015

    Camstar are delighted to announce that a Foreign Body Removing Conveyor will be added to our main production plant for this season's Parsley harvest.

    The vibratory screening conveyor is the ingenious construction of Ambit Projects Limited. It...
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  • Latest Gear for Camstar Production

    Always Improving Quality

    04 June 2015

    Camstar are delighted to announce that a Foreign Body Removing Conveyor will be added to our main production plant for this season's Parsley harvest.

    The vibratory screening conveyor is the ingenious construction of Ambit Projects Limited. It...
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  • Camstar Rewards Productivity

    Martin Hoxworth Takes to the Air

    01 June 2015

    After his short time with Camstar  sales manager Martin Hoxworth has already proved so successful that CEO Ed Starke has seen fit to reward him with a flight in a P51 Mustang. The Mustang has been resident at...
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  • Camstar Welcomes an Old Friend

    The Amazing Alembic

    28 May 2015

    Latest arrival in the Camstar foyer is this 1899 alembic still, originally belonging to CEO Ed Starke's great grandfather Augustus Bruce Starke. Augustus started the family business in essential oils using the alembic to make peppermint oil.
    These days...
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  • American Spice Trade Association 2015 AGM

    27 May 2015

    Camstar's CEO Ed Starke and Sales Director Tracey Clark were once again in attendance at the AGM of the American Spice Trade Association. ASTA work with  the spice trade to keep quality at it's best, whilst keeping an...
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  • China Visit

    27 May 2015

    Just back from their China trip are Camstar Ingredients' Ben Land and Camstar Group Sales Manager Martin Hoxworth.
    Ben and Martin were there to take a first hand look at suppliers Shandong Yipin, and were not only impressed...
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  • Our Own Defibrillator

    23 April 2015

    Camstar are pleased to announce that we now have a defibrillator available at all times. Research shows that the success rate for defibrillation can decrease by 10% for every minute wasted, so having the device onsite greatly increases...
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  • Roasting, to Your Specification

    Our new jacketed blender is at your disposal

    01 April 2015

    With our latest piece of gear we're now able to offer roasting as a service, as well as providing products roasted to your exact specification.

    Ideal for spices, bell peppers, onion and dried garlic, our 1000 litre...
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  • A World of Spice

    28 January 2015

    Recently commissioned by CEO Ed Starke are two world maps created from spices, indicating their country of origin. These now feature in the foyers at both Camstar Herbs and Camstar Ingredients.

    Here at Camstar Herbs our...
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  • New Colours for 2015

    Camstar Office Gets a Makeover

    21 January 2015

    A striking new paintjob for the Camstar Main Office. Now we're all set for 2015 to be another successful year with a vibrant red that was specially selected by our CEO Ed Starke.

  • Camstar Welcomes Martin Hoxworth

    Group Sales Manager

    10 December 2014

    Camstar are very pleased to welcome Martin Hoxworth onto the team. Martin is taking the position of Group Sales Manager and will operate on behalf of both Camstar Herbs Ltd. and Camstar Ingredients Ltd. His forward thinking approach...
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  • Camstar Hall of Fame

    A Rogues Gallery

    19 November 2014

    Camstar celebrates long standing contributions to the business with a series of protraits proudly displayed in the foyer.

    Richard Starke (1945-2014). Sadly no longer with us, Richard founded the company and set it on course to become...
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  • Go Stress Free With Camstar

    Hassle Free Herb and Spice

    23 July 2014

    At Camstar we supply the finest UK grown Parsley to match your specification. We also have a vast range of traded spices and herbs goods which are selected to meet your needs by our purchasing department and fully checked by...
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  • Camstar at the European Spice Association

    06 June 2014

    This year Camstar are making themselves known at the European Spice Association General Assembly. Here is  Ed Starke representing us at the main event in Murcia, Spain.

    Also with Ed were Sales Manager Tracey Clark and the Operations Director of Camstar Ingredients...
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  • Keeping Track of Spice Prices

    23 May 2014

    At Camstar we're always trying to get the best deal for our customers, that's why we're keen to keep track of international spice prices.

    While trend graphs like these are very informative about the sort of variations to expect it's notoriously...
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  • American Spice Trade Association 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits

    14 May 2014

    CEO Ed Starke represented Camstar Herbs Ltd. at the American Spice Trade Association 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits.

    This event provided a series of lectures on the latest key spice industry issues and was well attended by both US spice producers and...
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  • World Spice Congress 2014

    08 May 2014

    Camstar CEO Ed Starke cuts a dashing figure at the 2014 World Spice Congress, India.
    This year the main topic was sustainability, with the achievement of consistent quality standards around the world being key to achieving it.

    Ed represented Camstar Herbs...
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  • Monthly Market report

    23 April 2014

    For the benefit of customers old and new Camstar are now offering a regular email update on the state of the international Herb and Spice trade. Full of handy information about price trends this will keep you up to date...
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  • Colour Sorting in 2014

    29 January 2014

    We're currently awaiting the delivery of our second coloursorter. The Buhler Sortex ZB +2 is scheduled for installation on our 4-8mm line for the 2014 Parsley season.
    The new machine will not only be an extra safeguard against unwanted additions...
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  • Our New Chive Harvester.

    16 January 2014

    Here at Camstar are keeping up to date with the very latest in technological advances with our new chive harvester. With 4 cutters that  have individual height adjustment it's capable of an optimal cut every time, and with a...
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  • New Warehouse and Technical Office

    03 January 2014

    We're pleased to annouce the addition of our new Warehouse and Technical Office. Being integrated into our recently expanded warehouse this will allow logistics and technical staff to work in close co-ordination to ensure that all incoming products are checked...
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  • Camstar Ingredients Ltd

    We are proud to announce a new division of Camstar Herbs Limited is up and running. Producing top quality breaders and coaters, seasonings, glazes, cimex salt. Also trading in a wide range of herbs and spices.

  • Plans For New Warehouse

    Camstar Herbs Limited are looking into extending their existing warehouse to be able to stock an even greater range of dried herbs, spices and vegetables.