About Us

SBI is dedicated to meeting the rising customer interest in natural and organic products, with an 8.7% projected increased annual global demand for botanical extracts through 2025.

Our Founders

Conrad Plimpton

For more than 50 years, Conrad’s career has been marked by an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, with an appreciation for applied science and technology. In addition to serving as Chairman of SBI, he is active globally as a business owner and angel investor, helping a variety of universities commercialize their research.

“Our vision grew out of a realization that the availability and access to numerous specialty botanicals is significantly fragmented and compromised, from how they are both grown and harvested, to how they are processed and delivered to market.”

Jay Ewald

Jay is an international agricultural entrepreneur involved in various levels of agricultural value chain management and farming businesses for the past 40 years. He has done extensive business development and consulting work throughout the world and has a wealth of experience in every aspect of SBI’s operations.

“We have seen many specialty botanical enterprises struggle to be effective global players when their products deserve global access. Our efforts will focus on bringing the best of the best, both in product and business practices, from Latin America, North America, and other global markets where we can be game changers.”

Jon Plimpton

Jon is passionate about finding ways for businesses and local cultures to work hand in hand for success. With an undergraduate degree in anthropology and having endowed a chair for interdisciplinary studies between anthropology and business, he is using his knowledge and experience to strengthen supply chain efficiency in a way that benefits the businesses and local economies.

“Consumer trends and demand for increasing naturalness are converging with growing awareness on issues such as sustainability, fair trade, and organic certification, along with biodiversity protection. This is particularly relevant for natural beauty, personal care, nutraceutical, and certain pharmaceutical products, as many of the active raw ingredients are sourced directly from the wild. Looking at the sourcing and supplier side of the natural product equation raises legitimate questions concerning industry responsibility and practice on sustainability and biodiversity. We intend to be an industry leader in responsible and sustainable delivery.”