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About Us

Rio Trading Company (Health) Ltd. is a supplier and distributor of natural products from around the world, specialising in South American botanicals. The business was founded in Brighton in 1986 by Graeme Lewis, Denise Sheldon and Ben Nash.

Our Story

Graeme first visited Brazil in the 70s in search of the great surfing beaches. On one of the 365 islands in the bay of Rio de Janeiro he met an Indian called Bira. Together they built a boat with little more than an axe and a penknife. As they sailed, and fished, and camped under the stars, Bira taught Graeme about the herbs of Brazil - the healing treasure trove that lines every meadow and stream, and hides in every corner of the great Rainforests of the Amazon.

Our Mission

Rio Trading's mission was, and still is, to bring some of these wonderful natural healing plants to the attention of Europe and the rest of the world. It was the first company to import herbs such as Guarana, Pau d'Arco (Lapacho), and Suma (Pfaffia) to the UK.

From the beginning the company has had high ideals about operating a fair trade policy, using natural ingredients and minimising the use of any additives. That is why we always try and negotiate a fair trade price with our growers and make sure the products come from sustainable sources. We pride ourselves on using only pure herbal material in our Rio Amazon range, avoiding preservatives, colouring and fillers whenever possible.

Our Portfolio

Rio Trading is also the UK distributor for Green Foods' Green Magma, Nutramedix, Epigenar, Best Choice, and Himalaya Herbal Healthcare. We believe that these ranges fit perfectly with our vision to becoming an all-round supplier of quality natural health products.

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