Shadian Licorice Root

Harvesting & Processing


The company is an integrated, fully traceable supply network which is environmentally responsible thanks to short production cycles and places a strong emphasis on natural processes. Solvent-free processes; no chemical transformation. Agricultural production that is free of phytochemical inputs.

Shadian is one of its kind, which harvests its licorice from Kazakhestan, Tadjikistan and Middle East where the licorice has a premium quality in term of glycyrrhizic acid to bring you this bespoke wild quality and flavor. Tajik & Afghan wild licorice are considered to be one of the best qualities in the world if not the best because of their particular climate and high plateaus with an average of 800 Meters.


Shadian & Co

Shadian is a French Afghan company specialized in licorice roots since more than 15 years with the main factory in Mazar e Sharif and several harvest points in Tajikistan and Kazahestan. The company employs nearly 40 workers in low season and 100 workers in high season and has the advantage of selling directly to final clients across the world with no intermediary and keeping the added value where the harvesting and collecting were done.

Over the past few years, Shadian has developed various products to match the international demand, and more particularly the peeled licorice which is done mechanically. It gives the advantage of offering those products to the international markets with a very low percentage of ochratoxine which is now regulated by the European Union (EU). Tajik and Afghan licorice are known as one of the best wild licorice in the world because of its particular climate, high plateaus, culminating at 800 meters and plus, which gives the licorice a unique flavor and a high percentage of Glycyrrhizin acid. The licorice root is proposed in the form of extract powder, peeled licorice sticks & powder and sticks of all sizes.

For the past years, Shadian has been working with important international companies in the licorice field creating a close collaboration and the opportunity to exchange information’s to develop new products with them. Therefore, she has a better knowledge of the international demand and more especially of Western companies which enables her to know how to work under their guidelines and to respect their specifications.


Your Advantage to work with us

  • Working directly with an harvesting and collecting company in Middle East
  • New industrial continuous dryer which allows to obtain 20 tons dry licorice root per day during winter season
  • 2016/2017 CSR (corporate social responsability) Bronze medal with Ecovadis (supplier sustainability ratings)
  • Traceable products
  • No intermediary
  • Development of new products under clients’ guidelines and specifications controlled by our French engineer
  • Western management
  • Mono product factory
  • Exclusive French forwarder for the delivery with a complete insurance door-to-door including inside Middle East .


In a country dominated by men, female jobs are virtually non-existent. Our approach to engaging women in production is not totally uninterested. Women bring precision and patience, competence in which men are far behind particulary in qualitative selection and cutting which are two important steps.
Gender balance optimizes production.
70% of our workers are women !

Respect for communities and heavy involvement in local development. Bring togethere thnic diversity within a joint and participatory project. Guarantee eco-friendly management. Training in teaching environment-friendly agricultural practices. Recognition, respect and valuation of people’swork.

Quality Insurance

Quality Insurance

Since 2016 the company was distinguished by Ecovadis by a bronze medal as far as the Corporate social responsability is concerned.
Since 2007, in order to guarantee the plant’s traceability, the company has implemented a system where each harvester keeps a “harvest file” for each batch harvested.

  • The dates on which the site was accessed and the harvest dates
  • The plant batch references
  • The variety, the volumes
  • The zones harvested
  • Details regarding adverse weather conditions
  • Selection of the region in relation with the client’s need (glycyrrhizin acid for example).
  • Defining the diameter and length which are different from one client to another
  • 2 steps of Hand selection before cutting
  • 1 step of Hand selection is added for peeled licorice root
Quality Insurance or how we prevent mistakes :-
  • Several quality checkpoints that start from harvesting regions till the factory, management of raw licorice root
  • Human management: qualified and experienced people in the right workstation, improvement of skills
  • Fit to purpose with regards to product specifications
  • Right first time: correction of the mistakes for a better quality and work

We believe that our success depends on our customers’ success and therefore we aim to establish a trusting partnership with customers with long-term goals that are common and that provide mutual measurable benefits.

Our aim is not only to provide our customers a very high quality product, delivered on time, and at reasonable price but also to collaborate with them to develop new technologies, reengineer our product and develop new ones suitable to their requirements.


Peeled Licorice Root


The main purpose of using peeled licorice root is to increase the glycyrrhizic acid rate and to reduce the ochratoxine & salmonella and remove the impurity in order to have pure licorice root.

Peeled licorice sticks contain less ‘Ochratoxine’, which now comes under European Union regulation. We can customize the Licorice peeling as per customer requirement.

The peeling can be done up to 99% upon client’s request, After the drying step which is done by a continuous dryer with 20 tons dry capacity per day, the licorice is mechanically peeled. During the peeling process the root may lose 50% of its weight.


Licorice Powder and Peeled Powder


Enhanced powder for glabridin extraction, 10 to 30 times higher glabridin concentration

  • Natural powder
  • Peeled powder till 99%
  • Calibration from 100 microns and over


Licorice root extract powder


Glycyrrhizic acid with 32% concentration, all certificates of analysis are made by the french laboratory SAI Chimie.


  • All crops come from Kazakhestan, Tadjikistan and Middle East
  • Each harvest is codified and grouped by truck at the processing plant.
  • For all shipping, the company selects 40-foot containers in order to avoid any damage or loss
  • By ship to Europe: road transportation from the production site to Mersin, a Turkish harbour city.
  • By ship to Asia: road transportation from the production site to the port of Karachi (Pakistan)
  • By air: transportation from the plant to Mazar-e Sharif Airport, by Turkish Airlines cargo to Istanbul (Turkey), then on to final destination.
  • Since 2007, shipping has been entrusted exclusively to the French company BBL Transport, which provides a door-to-door guarantee.


South of Raozé Sharif
Post Box : 100
Mazar-e Sharif Afghanistan

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