Aromatics was founded in 1990 by David Amoth and a group of growers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The original business plan was to sell mint essential oil to toothpaste and chewing gum manufacturers. However, it did not take long for David to realize that the business opportunity was not in selling mint oil, but rather in selling dried mint leaf to the international herbal tea industry. During the early 1990’s, the largest German brand of herbal tea purchased everything we could produce. By 1996, Aromatics still had only one large German customer and sold only one ingredient, peppermint leaf. As David Amoth approached retirement he hired his son, Kurt Amoth, as Marketing Manager. David gave Kurt two tasks, first, find more customers to buy Aromatics’ peppermint leaf and second, identify other crops to grow and supply to those customers.