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...
Madagascar Presidential Election 2018

Madagascar Presidential Election 2018

There’s a big election this month that we at Cook’s Vanilla are watching closely. It’s in Madagascar, and the outcome has the potential to affect pure vanilla bean prices, already at near record highs. Madagascar is the world’s largest source of pure vanilla and a...
Pure Vanilla Adulteration

Pure Vanilla Adulteration

Pure vanilla buyer beware. Extremely high prices for vanilla beans — still ranging well above $525 a kilo — mean that the price of the pure vanilla extract made from these beans is also going to be quite expensive. That fact is inescapable. Vanilla users...
Cook’s VANILLA BEAN MARKET REPORT May 2018

Cook’s VANILLA BEAN MARKET REPORT May 2018

Vanilla bean prices remain at record highs, but we are detecting signs of market softening as we head into the 2018 /19 vanilla season.   The “green campaign” — when buyers flock to the Madagascar bush to buy harvested vanilla beans — officially opens...

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