Crisis in Madagascar as price of vanilla nears that of goldVanilla is one of the world’s most popular seasonings and an important ingredient in products ranging from perfume to ice-cream; but it is no longer the staple it was around the world. Madagascar, the world's main producer, is facing a crisis.
FRANCE24.com, April 2018
Speculation of vanilla pricesThe price of vanilla continues to rise. In 2015 the price rose from 70,000 ariary to 120,000 ariary p/kilo of green vanilla. For black vanilla, the price rose to 500,000 ariary, from between 300,000 to 400,000 ariary last year.
Madagascar Tribune, August 2016
Vanilla Exporters 2016The main areas of Madagascar's vanilla production can be found within the SAVA region of northern Madagascar, which includes Sambava, Antalaha, Vohemar and Andapa. This section lists official producers and exporters of vanilla in these districts as of 2016.
Madagascan Vanilla Trade"Madagascar: The Chinese vanilla" is a documentary that gives an insight into the daily life of an individual farmer and how the Chinese traders and local politics are affecting the industry.
Journeyman Pictures - 2015
Chanel vanilla production in AmbanjaChanel's vanilla plantation in Ambanja is harvesting vanilla pods for the purpose of extracting the HS6ST2 molecule used in their Sublimage range of beauty products priced at a whopping $400 for a 1.7oz jar!
Conde Nast Traveler - May 2016
Vanilla from less appetizing sourcesThe prices are insanely high, the demand exceeds the production by several times: orchid flowers provide less and less the taste of vanilla. However, the industry knows how to adapt itself.
Die Welt - April 2016
Madagascar moves to protect its vanilla marketVanilla demand is growing, particularly in developing countries, as Nestle and Whole Foods Market are using more natural flavors in food products. But a prolonged price slump led to smaller global harvests. And in Madagascar farmers took shortcuts.
The Seattle Times, April 2016