Family Owned and Operated Since 1940

Felix Epstein began selling herbs and spices in the early 1930’s from a small storefront pharmacy in Germany finding his niche in the sausage and meat industry. When he immigrated to the United States with his family in 1940, Felix Epstein opened First Spice Mixing Company in lower Manhattan, New York.

With a strong background in meat processing, Felix Epstein became a pioneer in the development of phosphate blends, pumps, cures, rubs and binders, as well as proprietary seasoning blends for meats, snack foods and beverages.

By the late 1940’s, the overwhelming demand for First Spice’s products and expertise led to its rapid expansion. To meet customer demand in the 1950’s, First Spice opened manufacturing facilities in Long Island City, New York, San Francisco, California and Toronto, Canada. This expansion enabled First Spice to offer quality products, quick turnaround and affordable and timely shipping.

The tradition and experience of manufacturing seasonings has been passed down three generations. Felix Epstein’s son Peter, with a degree from Cornell University in Food Science and Technology, brought First Spice into the twenty-first century. Peter’s three daughters: Marcy, Vicki and Wendy are currently innovating First Spice with new products that continue to exceed customer expectations.

Commitment to food safety, quality and service is 
our benchmark for success, and a family tradition.
First Spice, Then Eat!