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Welcome to The Halifax Spice Company Limited, locally owned business established in 2003. We started our company with a unique blend of herbs and spices we call  “Trade Winds Spice Blend” that adds special flavour to steaks, burgers, pork, poultry, vegetables, soups, eggs, popcorn, and a uncommon treat on seafood.

In addition to our Trade Winds Spice Blend, we expanded our product offering, with our very popular Trade Winds Pasta Spice for Meat Sauce, Trade Winds Salt Free Blend, and our Trade Winds Gourmet Sweet & Hot Mustard.

Our spices contain no MSG or additional preservatives!

We appreciate the opportunity to be your preferred spice supplier, and you can find our products at many retail locations across Atlantic Canada and beyond.  Please refer to our distributor locations tab, for a location near you, and don’t forget to view our recipes.

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Trade Winds Spice Blend

Trade Winds Spice Blend is a unique blend of herbs and spices that combine to create the ultimate flavour enhancer, which can be used on a wide variety of foods on a daily basis, such as steaks, burgers, wild game, chicken, pasta, steamed vegetables, salads, eggs, popcorn, and fantastic on all seafood.

Ingredients: Salt, Garlic, Sugar, Black Pepper, Onion, Celery Seed, Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, plus other herbs and spices, Contains no MSG.  Packaged in 80g and 200g bottles

Trade Winds Spice
Salt Free Spice Blend

Absolutely no salt.

This spice blend adds a wonderful flavour to all foods.  Try it on chicken, seafood, eggs, vegetables, soups, and pasta.

Ingredients: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Dry Mustard, and other spices.  Contain no MSG. Packaged in 65g bottle.

Salt Free Spice Blend
Trade Winds Pasta Spice

A pre-packaged blend of spices that makes an outstanding gourmet sauce for spaghetti, lasagna, homemade pizza.  Add kidney beans for a great chili and delicious as a dip with nachos and sour cream.  Makes 3.5 litres of delicious pasta sauce.

Ingredients: Salt, Sugar, Basil, Garlic Plus 6 More Herbs and Spices.  Contains no MSG.  Packaged in 113g (4oz) kits

See Recipe Here

Gourmet Sweet Mustard

Trade Winds Gourmet Mustard is a sweet and hot mustard that can be used in a variety of foods, such as smoked meat, ham, pork, and is outstanding on sausages.  Check our recipes for deviled eggs, meatloaf and potato salad. People that hate mustard love our product.

Ingredients: Prepared Mustard (Distilled Vinegar, Water, No 1 Grade Mustard Seed, Salts, Contains Less Than 2% of Turmeric, Paprika, Spice, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder), Vinegar, Bleached Wheat Flour Enriched (Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thalmine, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Malted Barley Flour (Contains Wheat, Soy), Sugar, Jalapenos. Packaged in 458g (16oz) Bottles.

Gourmet Sweet Mustard


Retail Locations



  • PEI





Nova Scotia

A&A Farms Ltd
Meteghan River
Brothers Meat
Causeway Seafood Mkt
Auld’s Cove
Co-op Stores
Selected Stores
Country Store
Ebbett’s Meadowbrook Farm
Fisherman’s Market
Selected Stores
Gary’s Groceries
Harve Boucher
Island Beach Company
Various Locations
Masstown Market
Pete’s Frootique
Pete’s Fruitque
Redmond’s Home Hardware
Upper Tantallon
Sieverts Limited
Selected Stores
The Pork Shop
New Glascow
The Sou’Wester
Peggy’s Cove
All locations
Whistleberry Market
Withrow's Farm Market
Mount Uniacke

I made the meat sauce tonight, it was a huge hit! Delicious!

Julie LeBlanc

How to spice up your next event

Promotional Corporate / Special Event Sales

Still giving your customers the same old pen, coffee mug and golf cap?  They’re nice, but it’s been done a million times.

Spice up your promotional program a little! Give them a bottle of your own special seasoning. It’ll be one of the most unique promos they’ve ever received.

Our plant has been producing “world famous seasonings” for over 30 years - blended with the finest (MSG free) ingredients in Canada.

Having your own seasoning is easy, as we take care of all the details.  We’ll work with you to design a custom label and ship right to your door.

Our customer feedback says, “This product provides the best return on investment for advertising dollars spent”

Our seasoning is a great promo item and an excellent fundraising product.

Our customers are often surprised and then thrilled with the taste and quality of our spices.

Whether you are using our spice to promote your business, celebrate a special occasion, such as a wedding, or a group gathering such as a golf tournament or conference, provide a take home gift that will be used and appreciated  reminding  the recipient of their experience at the event!

We have had lots of fun for 15 years providing customers and employees with Tradewinds Spice. To borrow from another legendary Halifax brand, “Those who like it like it a lot”. And, in our world, everyone loves it!

David M, President SureShot Solutions

The Halifax Spice Company has been providing K&D Pratt with our most sought-after promotional item for over 20 years. We love the product, but more importantly our customers love it more! We have also recently started to private label more spice for some of our other companies within the Abell Group, such as Everguard Fire Safety and Meridian 60 Offshore. Continuing the tradition that their customers will appreciate, I'm sure!

Thank you "The Halifax Spice Company" for the continuous support over the years and great service!

Shawn Groves, Director of Business Development & Emerging Markets

At Denso North America we have been using the Halifax Spice custom label program for the past 15-16 years. It is the most popular promotional gift we have and constantly get requests for more!! It is without a doubt the best quality on the market and I would recommend it wholeheartedly!!

Joel Pepin

“ Ever since I got this spice from the Halifax Spice Company, I have never had a promotional Item receive so many great comments. My customers, family and friends all love it and continue to ask for more.

Also, when I BBQ and use the spice, everyone thinks I’m a good cook. Everyone nicknamed it “The LouTech Spice”.

LouTech garage Doors and Openers

Lou d'Entremont

Tradewinds Original Blend Seasoning has surely been a hit with my clientele. Clients actually call and request it be sent to them. I have bought over 600 bottles and this is a promotional item that I will not do without. It is a top quality product and I personally love it.

Rick Abbott, General Manager - T.R.T. Services Limited



Trade Winds Spice Blend Recipes

Vegetable Dip:

For a fast and delicious dip for vegetables and chips, mix ½-1 teaspoon of our Tradewinds Spice Blend with an 8oz container of sour cream.

Square Rigger Tators:

Wash and quarter potatoes. Leave peeling on. Rub with oil. Place in plastic bag and sprinkle with Tradewinds Spice Blend and shake until coated. Bake on cookie sheet @ 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

The Captain’s Bagel: 

Cut a bagel in two halves. Apply generous amount of cheddar cheese and sprinkle with Tradewinds Spice Blend. Heat in microwave until cheese melts. Delicious and quick!

High Seas Popcorn:

Microwave your favourite popcorn. While still hot, sprinkle Tradewinds Spice Blend to taste. Adds a unique flavour!

Seadog Omelet:

Blend two eggs together in a bowl. Sprinkle a small amount of Tradewinds Spice Blend while mixing. Cook in a skillet on low heat and add cheese, bacon bits, onions and green peppers or your own favourite ingredients.

Mate’s Chicken: 

Place chicken on broiler pan. Prepare chicken by piercing the skin with a sharp knife or fork. Sprinkle with Tradewinds Spice Blend. Add two strips of bacon over the chicken and cover with tin foil. Fold foil under edges of broiler pan. Cook @ 350 degrees until chicken is completely cooked. Remove foil and brown chicken. Juicy and delicious!

Nautical Pita Chips: 

Take a large pita and carefully separate with a knife into two flat pieces. Brush olive oil lightly on both sides of the separated pitas. Sprinkle with Tradewinds Spice Blend. Take pizza cutter and cut into triangles. Bake @ 375 for 7-10 minutes, watching they do not get too crispy. Dip in your favourite dip or salsa.

Trade Winds Pasta Spice Recipe included in Container

The contents of the pasta spice package will make approximately 3 ½ litres of sauce

Ingredients for full recipe:

  • 4 oz (1 pack) Trade Winds Spice
  • 2-3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-48oz can tomato juice
  • 1-28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2-5 ½ cans tomato paste
  • 1-10oz can chopped mushrooms (optional)

Cooking directions:

With a 6 quart pot (or larger), start by braising the beef. Add onion, celery,& peppers. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Cook over low heat for 2 ½ to 3 hours, stirring frequently.

If you find the sauce to be too thick, add tomato juice.  Sauce should not be too watery. DO NOT cover the pot with a lid, whether cooking or cooling. Extra sauce can be frozen.  

Use with spaghetti, lasagna, etc. 

Try using half the spice for meat sauce and use the other half as a base sauce for pizza.

Bon appetite!

Galley Pizza:

Same some of your Tradewinds Pasta Sauce to make delicious homemade pizza. Simply scoop a generous amount of Tradewinds Pasta Sauce on your pizza dough, cover with your favorite cheese and cook to perfection!

Trade Winds Gourmet Mustard Recipes

Devilled Eggs: 

8 hard boiled eggs, cut in two and scoop out the yoke and place in a medium bowl. 


  • 1 TBSP dried onion ( put in water)
  • 2 TBSP Trade Winds Gourmet Mustard
  • 1 TBSP relish
  • 2-3 TBSP Miracle Whip ( or more for creamy consistency)

Paprika to sprinkle on top

Mash yokes with a fork to a fine consistency. Add ingredients one at a time to mashed eggs in order, adding Miracle Whip last for consistency. Spoon filling into egg halves and sprinkle with paprika set and let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Ready to serve. Enjoy!

Mini Meat Loaves:
  • 1 ½ pound ground chuck
  • ⅔ can tomato sauce
  • 1 pkg Club Crackers 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 onion diced fine
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup Trade Winds Sweet and Hot Gourmet Mustard
  • 1 pkg Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 3 TBSP milk

Jalapenos are optional

Instructions: Mix all of the above ingredients with your hands until well mixed.adding just enough milk so it is moist and holds shape well. Make into mini meat loaves and place on pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes and then top with the following glaze:

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 TBSP Trade Winds Sweet and Hot Gourmet Mustard
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Potato Salad
  • 8-10 peeled potatoes boiled and cubed
  • 6 boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup vinegar
  • Mix the  sugar, vinegar and eggs together and cook until thick.
  • Add to the above mixture
  • 1 large onion chopped fine
  • 4 stalks of celery chopped fine
  • 2 TBSP Celery Seed
  • ½ cup relish
  • 1 ½ cups Miracle Whip
  • ½ cup Trade Winds Sweet and Hot Mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pour over potatoes and blend well, add chopped eggs and blend. 

Serve cold

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with apple

Spread Trade Winds Sweet and Hot Mustard to sandwich and add thin slices of apple to your favourite grilled cheese sandwich. Delicious!

The "Tradewinds" blend is the best wing spice we have ever had..every time we make them for a group, they disappear like magic. The only wing spice we ever use.

Seaglass Lass


I found mine at Peggy’s Cove this summer! Best spice ever! I travelled all the way from the West Coast to get it!!

Kiera Mac


While everyone was running for toilet paper I stocked up on your delicious pasta sauce mix

Maureen Patterson