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Vanilla Market Report March 2017

We’ve had a major disaster just hit the vanilla region of Madagascar. The news is very grim. Cyclone ENAWO struck the island Tuesday, destroying a significant portion of Madagascar’s vanilla crop. The cyclone made a direct strike on Antalaha and  Sambava, the two...

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Vanilla Market Report December 2016

We have just returned again from Madagascar, where we spent days tramping around in “the bush” of the Sava vanilla country, talking with farmers. We are bringing back to you the first whiff of good news we’ve seen in more than two years. Before we all get too excited,...

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Vanilla Market Report October 2016

The math is simple, and shocking. The current market price for one kilo of Madagascar vanilla beans has surged to $400. Each gallon of vanilla extract requires over 13 ounces of beans. That would put the price of a gallon of single fold extract over $150, just in the...

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Our Organic Farmers

  SAVA REGION, MADAGASCAR -- We heard the music first. The villagers crested the rise of a small hill, the children laughing and running, the young men clambering onto the bed of our pickup truck. It took a moment for us to understand what was happening, until we...

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Tahitian Vanilla Flavor Combinations

Tahitian vanilla is one of two main varieties of the vanilla orchid. Tahitian and Bourbon vanilla beans are equally sought after in the vanilla market, though Tahitian beans can be slightly more difficult to find because Tahitian vines are not grown as presently...

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Vanilla Is Anything But Basic

“That’s so vanilla.” Vanilla has the reputation of being safe, easy, basic, and ordinary, but dig into the world of vanilla and you will find that it is really complex, exotic, unusual, and risky. Though vanilla has become ubiquitous in American desserts, it certainly...

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