Who We Are

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Our Mission


Old Salt Merchant's is a minority woman-owned provisions company anchored in Berkeley/Oakland, CA.  We have a passion for food and an enduring love of exploring diverse cuisines.  Our mission is to provide products that authentically celebrate cultures from around the world. We hope to ignite and expand your palate with our unique and high quality selection of gourmet salts, sugars teas and spices that are bold & delicious!  Be Salty. Be Sweet. Be Spicy. 


Our Suppliers

 Old Salt Merchants shares much of the same DNA of sailors of the past who had to be in-tune with their environments, reading both the heavens and the seas, keenly observing the stars, and always looking out for weather patterns and landmarks to navigate the world so as to forge new partnerships and opportunities. We genuinely care about our planet and all of its inhabitants. We strive to responsibly source our products from organic and fair trade suppliers whenever possible to better support our planet. While we work hard to maintain and expand upon our relationships with our current supply partners, we are also on the lookout for new suppliers to help us discover and craft unique flavors so we can sail these new treasures back home and share with all of you, our customers.


Our Promise

 If you are a foodie looking to experience something new, we invite you to try our internationally curated collection of high-quality salts, sugars, teas, and spices many of which are exclusive to our store. With our bold and innovative flavors, our gourmet products will help elevate your dishes and impress your friends and family. Welcome aboard! We look forward to sailing with you as we explore the flavors of the world.


M E E T   D U T C H

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Dutch is our merchant sailor and delivery skipper. His is a life of trade winds, tea traders and trade routes, rhumb lines, dock lines, rum and lime. Venturing into lesser known ports of call, Dutch regularly returns with the finest food and nautical provisions on the globe.

Dutch has put a lot of miles under his keel. Our line includes ingredients from places as varied as Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Australia and Port Townsend. Like any proper old salt, Dutch is also a teller of colorful sea stories. Sometimes they get so colorful we have to send the grandkids away, but mostly we ask for more. It's fun to work with someone who refers to people as "pollywogs" or calls them "half-cocked" and says things like "full to the gunwales."