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In the May issue of P&F magazine, we approached suppliers and formulators to offer their feedback on the state of vanilla. As the political crisis in Madagascar drags on and the overall financial climate sours, we ask: what is the current state of vanilla in F&F and what will it be over the next 12 months? As part of our continuing online conversation, we offer the first in a series of Web Exclusive insights. Send us your thoughts and feedback here.
Madagascar has been politically unstable for many years. The situation tends to ebb and flow with the election cycle, which tends to bring on the crises. Things have not changed for many years.
That said, these upheavals do have a short-term impact on the availability of vanilla beans, but the product always makes it out to market, one way or another. It is my feeling that the political situation has little overall bearing on the price or availability of the beans. To understand this, one must look at the reality of vanilla cultivation.