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November 6 & 7
Ramada Plaza Conference Center Cranbury South Brunswick
Presented by Bakto Flavors
Vanilla 2017 will be held on November 6th and 7th, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Conference Center Cranbury South Brunswick in Monroe, NJ. This meeting will focus on the future of vanilla and vanillin. The meeting was originally slated to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico but due to the recent hurricane, they are no longer able to accommodate us. To donate to hurricane relief funds, please cilck here .
There is an ongoing crisis in the supply of cured vanilla beans. The price of Madagascar cured beans has made vanilla a luxury almost no one can afford. To make matters worse, there is a decrease in quality of cured beans presently on the market, because of inappropriate curing practices. End users seek to resolve this problem by formulating new flavors containing vanillin from natural sources, and other natural ingredients. The industry, however, wants to continue the use of properly cured and reasonably priced vanilla beans.
Other vanilla growing regions, including India, Uganda, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have increased the production of vanilla beans over the last few years. New production methods, green house cultivated vanilla in the Netherlands, and new production regions, namely, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean nations are now considering the prospect of vanilla production.
Vanilla 2017 will focus on the instability of vanilla production and supply. The agenda will consist of lectures and discussion on the origin of instability, what might be done to remedy this problem, promises and challenges in vanilla production in various global regions, prospects for vanilla production in new regions, and new methods for the production and curing of vanilla beans.
Speakers will conduct an in-depth discussion regarding vanilla replacements on the market and consumer acceptance of vanilla replacements, along with tasting, formulation, and an explanation of the regulation of new flavors. A session will be devoted to curing, including traditional, alternative, different practices, and the latest trend of 'quick curing'. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste and compare vanilla extracts from different practices.
We have reached a crossroads, and find ourselves in a situation that has been forced on us by malpractices in vanilla cultivation and curing. This crisis shows no signs of abating, and if it continues down this path, there is legitimate fear we will face major difficulties in returning to a pre-crisis use of vanilla. The world is changing around us, but there are new geographic opportunities for vanilla cultivation; this meeting is a first step in realizing this future.