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Loky and Jao: The High Price of Cheap Vanilla

Loky and Jao: The High Price of Cheap Vanilla

  Loky Bemananjara and his neighbor Jao Quatorze grow vanilla off a rutted dirt road outside Sambava, in Madagascar’s prime vanilla region. We visit them often, to see how their vines are doing, and to try to understand the challenges they face.    Two years...
Bloomberg Features Cook’s

Bloomberg Features Cook’s

Cook Flavoring Co. President Josephine Lochhead features prominently in this fascinating in-depth piece, Vanillanomics, in Bloomberg’s Business Week.     Reported and written by journalist Monte Reel, Vanillanomics is a story about the wild economics of...
The Secret of a Great Bake

The Secret of a Great Bake

Baking is blend of science and art, which is why I love it. To bake well, master a few basic techniques to unleash your artistry.    Step one is quality ingredients. I cannot stress enough the importance of good ingredients to a successful bake!    Two basic...
VANILLA MARKET REPORT: A Spaghetti Western  September 2019

VANILLA MARKET REPORT: A Spaghetti Western September 2019

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from our August trip to Madagascar: The Bad: Prices remain stratospheric, roughly $450 per kilo. The crop is short, and quality is down sharply from last year. The Ugly: Destructive harvesting and curing practices run rampant. U.S. and...
Vanilla Bean Seeds: A Troubling New Trend

Vanilla Bean Seeds: A Troubling New Trend

We all love vanilla bean ice cream. It’s creamy, delicious and gourmet….right? Maybe.   Vanilla ice cream is often sold in two varieties: French Vanilla and Vanilla Bean. The quality of the vanilla extracts or flavorings in these two ice creams can vary wildly,...
Customer Spotlight: Silva Brewing

Customer Spotlight: Silva Brewing

Vanilla Beer: Like fine wine, but more romantic and complicated Beer and Vanilla. Who’d have thought they’d make a perfect couple? We had no idea until we stumbled upon Chuck Silva, a craft brewer here in our home town, a very pretty place called Paso Robles,...
Papua New Guinea Vanilla Market Report-March 2019

Papua New Guinea Vanilla Market Report-March 2019

A Vanilla Rival Rises from the Pacific: Papua New Guinea Takes on Madagascar Papua New Guinea is now the world’s second largest producer of pure vanilla. While everyone’s been waiting for Uganda, India, Indonesia, Mexico, or anybody, to challenge Madagascar’s...
Customer Spotlight: Anna’s Gourmet Goodies

Customer Spotlight: Anna’s Gourmet Goodies

At Cook’s we love our customers! Below is a re-post from Anna’s Gourmet Goodies blog! Anna’s Gourmet Goodies makes divine cookies and brownies. In fact, Josephine, our president says they’re the best in the world! We are so proud to have our...

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