Legendary Taste

About Us

Advanced Spice & Trading, Inc was formed in the late 1980’s by the Hanks and Bleckner families. After representing other spice companies for the prior 15 plus years, they struck out on their own and formed Advanced Spice, starting out purely as a trading company and then moving into importing of product and the processing of black pepper in 1991.


Trade Associations and Certifications

Our Team


Greg Hanks, President & CEO

Doug Hanks, Vice President

Terry Sutton, Vice President of Operations

Sales Team

Greg Hanks

Doug Hanks

Kim Holdridge

Earnie McNickle

Dwayne Lovell

JD Stayton

Customer Service

Bari Lynne Mummey, Accounting

Angelita Haddock, Order Processing

Charlene Petry, Inventory and Freight Management

Warehouse Team

Quality Assurance Team

Our Story

Over the Years



Hanks Brokerage was incorporated by Dale Hanks and started at the kitchen table of his house in Dallas, Texas. At the time, Dale was representing other spice companies through his brokerage business.


Hanks Brokerage

The last Bleckner involved in the business is bought out, and Bleckner and Hanks Brokerage are merged together, under the name Hanks Brokerage, Inc.


Carrollton Warehouse

Hanks Brokerage, Advanced Spice and the Valdez Corporation, all move into a brand new corporate facility on Monetary Lane in Carrollton, Texas, expanding their combined footprint to 67,200 square feet.


Corporate Facility, Dallas, Texas

Hanks, Valdez and Advanced Spice continue their growth and expansion into their new corporate facility on Senlac Drive in Dallas, Texas, expanding their combined footprint to 93,000 square feet, adding a large conference room meeting space, full commercial kitchen, additional processing and production capabilities.

We source quality ingredients from around the globe and provide a local supply in a timely manner. We partner with global leaders who process items to our specifications. Advanced Spice has its own in-house manufacturing for black pepper, providing a premium quality, fresh product. Our forward warehousing allows customers a one-stop solution.