Vanilla Price Update: Summer 2016


Vanilla Price Update: Summer 2016

(Posted on 23/06/16)

For the vanilla buyer, the news of skyrocketing prices has been met with dismay.

After consecutive increases over the past few years, another is expected to impact the large amount of consumers in 2016 for one the world’s most popular flavours.   

What you need to know

  • Vanilla bean pricing has increased by as much as ten times compared to just 5 years ago
  • Pricing is predicted to increase for 2016 only, before levelling off at the end of the year
  • Vanilla purchasers are encouraged to reduce the amount they use, as opposed to dropping it completely 
  • Applications are sensitive to the change in type used, ie synthetic vs natural. Ice cream, for instance, is particularly sensitive to these changes. With natural ingredients trending, it is worth bearing in mind that customers are particularly conscious of non-natural ingredients
  • Harvesting of vanilla beans should begin this summer, with finished products ready for early 2017

As early predictions indicate an improved harvest this year based on the crop flowering well however, suppliers are hopeful that 2016’s high prices will be a temporary measure.

For more information, please contact Rachel Fordham on 07801 638 030 or rachel.fordham@cornelius.co.uk