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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 MARKET REPORT May 2018

Cook’s VANILLA 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...
Mexico VANILLA MARKET Update March 2018

Mexico VANILLA MARKET Update March 2018

The Mexican Vanilla Market: A Silver Lining?   The bean that conquered the world’s palate is flourishing again in its native land, Mexico.   If there is any silver lining in the crisis rocking the vanilla market, it’s the revival of Mexican vanilla, now...
Raymond R. Lochhead April 28, 1923 — March 3, 2018

Raymond R. Lochhead April 28, 1923 — March 3, 2018

“My customers are my best friends.”   Our Dad, owner of Cook’s and our sister company R. R. Lochhead Mfgr. Co., died Mar. 3 with Emilie, his wife of 72 years, and his family at his side. Ray Lochhead was an extraordinary man. He created all that we are. We will...
Vanilla Rose Sugar Cubes

Vanilla Rose Sugar Cubes

Simple yet beautiful DIYs for friends and family is one of my favorite things to gift. I love giving things that are equally thoughtful and useful. Making your own sugar cubes could not be easier and they are such a special gift for someone to add to their coffee or...