Vanilla History, Origins, Applications & Trends

Host Nick Erker shares the captivating history and origins of vanilla. Discover the incredible journey of this aromatic spice from its discovery in Mexico, and its commercial production in Madagascar, to its status as the world’s most popular ice cream flavor!

As we explore the global vanilla market valued at $1.43 billion, we’ll uncover the secrets behind its production, including the labor-intensive process of hand-pollinating vanilla orchids. Expert Zach Schwindt shares his personal journey in the world of vanilla, from backpacking through Asia to starting his own brand, Origin Vanilla. Smirk’s is happy to have Zach on the team since 2019, helping expand the vanilla product offerings.

Learn about the different forms of vanilla and why the natural form is a superior choice over imitation. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or a culinary professional, this episode will provide valuable insights into the intricacies and unique qualities of vanilla beans. Join us now and get ready to indulge in the irresistible world of vanilla!

Smirk’s offers both organic and conventional vanilla products to their customers, ensuring that they can provide the right product at the right price.

Vanilla Specifications, Applications, Origins & Market

  • Hear the fascinating story behind its history and origins and gain a deeper appreciation for this beloved flavor.
  • They explore the intriguing world of vanilla production and learn about the intricate techniques used to cultivate and process the beans.
  • Learn the key differences between imitation and natural vanilla and understand why the latter is highly valued by food enthusiasts and culinary professionals.
  • Learn about the various forms of products and their versatile applications in both sweet and savory dishes, expanding your culinary repertoire.
  • Gain insights into the global vanilla market and understand its impact on the food industry, allowing you to make more informed choices.
  • Get the secrets of using vanilla effectively in your recipes and discover the flavor profiles and combinations that can take your products to the next level.
  • Learn how to properly store and care for vanilla beans to ensure they retain their freshness and flavor, prolonging their shelf-life and enhancing your cooking experience

Smirk’s November 2023 Market Report

Donny Edson is breaking down market trends and events starting with what’s happening in Panama. Changes in the weight limits going through the canal mean there is now a two-to-four-week delay in shipments getting through.

The good news is that the prices of most commodities are stable. There are a few exceptions, but overall, there aren’t any big price changes happening right now.

  • Sunflower is lower than it has been for a bit and availability is good.
  • Chia prices are also stable and availability may get tight if shipments continue to be delayed.
  • Coconut sugar shipments are normalizing.
  • Ramadan may impact products coming out of Indonesia.
  • Coconut is stable, and many clients are booking into February of 2024 to take advantage of the favorable pricing.
  • Organic mango is just now being harvested. Smirk’s has availability for now, but the new product isn’t expected until April 2024.
  • Organic quinoa is still high as we see demand drop a bit. Smirk’s recommends spot buying as needed for now.
  • We’re also watching organic amaranth since the supply in India has been exhausted until the new harvest. Product from South America is available at higher prices. Smirk’s recommends getting coverage through July of 2024.
  • Tree nuts are stable with no major changes. New crop quality is higher than last years.
  • Pumpkin seeds from China are 8% to 10% higher than last year, but availability is good.

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