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Our History



The Organic Herb Trading Company (OHTC) has been at the cutting-edge of the organic herbal ingredients sector since its creation in 1982. Founded by Mike Brook, a pioneer of the market and the organic movement as a whole, he is a well-respected authority on the subject of organic herbs and spices amongst our suppliers, customers and accreditation bodies alike.

OHTC was originally the wholesale sister company of Hambleden Herbs, a retail herb and spice business set up by Mike Brook, due to his discontent with the lack of organic herbs and spices available for herbalists. However, recognising that OHTC had the potential to achieve market dominance in the UK, Mike decided to sell Hambleden Herbs in 2004 to focus on building on the success of the wholesale business.

In 2004, Mike Brook also set up  Organic Partners a project-based organisation that is supported by international trading for direct shipments. In April 2009, the international trading element of Organic Partners was incorporated into OHTC as part of a company restructure.

The Organic Herb Trading Company has built up a vast network of suppliers over the years and has been involved with development projects, which bring new organically certified products to market.