Vanilla pod price rise threatens ice cream manufacturers

Lancashire Telegraph: Ice cream manufacturers have been hit by rising vanilla pod prices Ice cream manufacturers have been hit by rising vanilla pod prices

EAST Lancashire ice cream manufacturers and sellers have been threatened with spiralling costs due to a worldwide shortage of vanilla pods.

But despite the increasing prices ice cream producers in the area have vowed to absorb the costs so customers do not have to foot the bill.

Huntley’s farm in Samlesbury produces Moo2You ice cream.

Owner Eddie Cowpe said: “We are one of a few manufacturers in the area that use vanilla pods in ice cream.

“A lot of companies who make ice cream use vanilla essence because it is cheaper.

“But we make a premium product, where the vanilla ice cream taste comes from the vanilla pods.

“As yet we have had no official notification that there will be a price increase.”

Globally poor harvest and businesses stockpiling supplies are said to be causing the shortage of vanilla pods.

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron and is grown in Madagascar, Indonesia, India and Mexico,.

Wholesale prices are said to have shot up by 20 per cent in the last two months alone from just over £15 a kilo to around £21 to £25 a kilo.

Eric Dowson, a partner at Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream, Clayton-le-Dale,said: “At the moment there has been no impact because it takes quite a lot of time to go through the market.

“Vanilla ice cream and good quality chocolate ice cream also uses vanilla.

“But certainly as things are going there will be an effect which may force prices up in the future.

“But the biggest impact may be on Coca Cola which is the number one purchaser of vanilla in the world.”

Ice cream sellers Rippleheads Ices, Blackburn, owner Catherine Elliott, said that pushing up prices would be a ‘last resort’.

She said; “We would offer vanilla ice cream but we would push the sales of other flavours.

“Pushing up prices is a last resort as we pride ourselves on value for money.”

Mr Cowpe added: “We make 1,000 litres of vanilla ice cream a week and that uses an awful lot of vanilla pods.

“To make nine litres we use 300mm of pure vanilla.

“A price rise would cause a problem as we are setting the prices for the summer with our wholesalers.

“But overall the cost of everything is going up all of the time.

“But we will absorb the cost if the price of vanilla goes up.

“If it goes up to silly prices and becomes very expensive it will not be easy and may consider putting prices up but that wouldn’t be until at least next year.”

As well as ice cream, all products such as sweets, cakes, soft drinks and perfume that contain vanilla could be affected.

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10:24am Sat 14 Apr 12

juanbbien says...

What next ?
What next ? juanbbien

10:42am Sat 14 Apr 12

sen c bl says...

Shortages, crop failures, drought, think we were born yesterday!
Shortages, crop failures, drought, think we were born yesterday! sen c bl

11:13am Sat 14 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Let them eat cake
Let them eat cake Michael@ClitheroeSince58

11:25am Sat 14 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

It's all coming home. Another 30 years and most foreign imports will be the preserve of the rich elite whilst the rest of us will get back to eating, drinking and buying stuff that's grown or made in the UK.
It's all coming home. Another 30 years and most foreign imports will be the preserve of the rich elite whilst the rest of us will get back to eating, drinking and buying stuff that's grown or made in the UK. happycyclist

11:38am Sat 14 Apr 12

mavrick says...

Don't buy it, simple. people will get by with other flavours as they watch the price come tumbling down. we have the power in our pockets.
Don't buy it, simple. people will get by with other flavours as they watch the price come tumbling down. we have the power in our pockets. mavrick

12:56pm Sat 14 Apr 12

psch says...

Majority of ice cream synthetic flavouring - Myth being promoted by multinationals to disguise price rises ?
Majority of ice cream synthetic flavouring - Myth being promoted by multinationals to disguise price rises ? psch

3:58pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Mr Cowpe added: “We make 1,000 litres of vanilla ice cream a week and that uses an awful lot of vanilla pods.

“To make nine litres we use 300mm of pure vanilla.

Eh? 300mm?
Mr Cowpe added: “We make 1,000 litres of vanilla ice cream a week and that uses an awful lot of vanilla pods. “To make nine litres we use 300mm of pure vanilla. Eh? 300mm? Your ferret stinks

4:23pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Nice photo!
Nice photo! Your ferret stinks

7:29pm Sat 14 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Your ferret stinks wrote:
Mr Cowpe added: “We make 1,000 litres of vanilla ice cream a week and that uses an awful lot of vanilla pods.

“To make nine litres we use 300mm of pure vanilla.

Eh? 300mm?
Just a typo. He makes 1,000 kilometres of ice cream a year.
[quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: Mr Cowpe added: “We make 1,000 litres of vanilla ice cream a week and that uses an awful lot of vanilla pods. “To make nine litres we use 300mm of pure vanilla. Eh? 300mm?[/p][/quote]Just a typo. He makes 1,000 kilometres of ice cream a year. happycyclist

8:00pm Sat 14 Apr 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

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om/watch?v=y_c4hCQAW
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http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=y_c4hCQAW 2E&feature=related Codex Alimentarious I_Love_Mommy

8:09pm Sat 14 Apr 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

We are being censored Happy lol just do your own research I tried to explain but the posts are being removed.
We are being censored Happy lol just do your own research I tried to explain but the posts are being removed. I_Love_Mommy

9:09pm Sat 14 Apr 12

hairy mary says...

i went to springwood picnic area bought 2 ice creams i went back and said i think youve made a mistake mate, i felt like id been ripped off big time so i wont be going back there
i went to springwood picnic area bought 2 ice creams i went back and said i think youve made a mistake mate, i felt like id been ripped off big time so i wont be going back there hairy mary

9:32pm Sat 14 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

I_Love_Mommy wrote:
We are being censored Happy lol just do your own research I tried to explain but the posts are being removed.
I'm vaguely aware of some legislation a few years ago that prevented natural remedies being sold, which effectively handed over power to the big pharmaceutical companies. I seem to remember writing to my MP about it at the time and telling others. Is that the sort of thing you're on about?
[quote][p][bold]I_Love_Mommy[/bold] wrote: We are being censored Happy lol just do your own research I tried to explain but the posts are being removed.[/p][/quote]I'm vaguely aware of some legislation a few years ago that prevented natural remedies being sold, which effectively handed over power to the big pharmaceutical companies. I seem to remember writing to my MP about it at the time and telling others. Is that the sort of thing you're on about? happycyclist

12:28am Sun 15 Apr 12

DavidVDW says...

Unfortunately your article on vanilla is erroneous and poorly researched. There is ample supply of vanilla beans and vanilla flavorings on the market today. The production in Madagascar, who supply about 85% of the global vanilla trade, is healthy and is epxected to remain that way throughout 2012 and 2013. Major ice cream manufacturers contract thier ingredient requirements years in advance so any price increase in vanilla beans today would not have an immediate impact on consumers.

Vanilla bean prices have been at histroical lows for the past 6 years. Even if the price were to double immediately, it would still be very low by histrorical standards. Demand for industrial grade vanilla beans has actually fallen over the past 10 years due to the rampant and questionable usage of natural simulated vanilla flavors such as vanillin in many food formulations including ice cream.

It is certainly possible that vanilla bean prices rise in the near future and that would be welcome news to the vanilla farmers of the world, most of whom live in impoverished conditions. However, there is simply no current threat to the ice cream trade as your rather alarmist article suggests.

Thank you

David
A&H
Unfortunately your article on vanilla is erroneous and poorly researched. There is ample supply of vanilla beans and vanilla flavorings on the market today. The production in Madagascar, who supply about 85% of the global vanilla trade, is healthy and is epxected to remain that way throughout 2012 and 2013. Major ice cream manufacturers contract thier ingredient requirements years in advance so any price increase in vanilla beans today would not have an immediate impact on consumers. Vanilla bean prices have been at histroical lows for the past 6 years. Even if the price were to double immediately, it would still be very low by histrorical standards. Demand for industrial grade vanilla beans has actually fallen over the past 10 years due to the rampant and questionable usage of natural simulated vanilla flavors such as vanillin in many food formulations including ice cream. It is certainly possible that vanilla bean prices rise in the near future and that would be welcome news to the vanilla farmers of the world, most of whom live in impoverished conditions. However, there is simply no current threat to the ice cream trade as your rather alarmist article suggests. Thank you David A&H DavidVDW

9:10am Sun 15 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

David, where have you got that info from? Wiki (I know, I know, but it's usually pretty good) indicates that the top producers in 2009 were Indonesia (60%) followed by Madagascar (23%) and China (9%).
David, where have you got that info from? Wiki (I know, I know, but it's usually pretty good) indicates that the top producers in 2009 were Indonesia (60%) followed by Madagascar (23%) and China (9%). happycyclist

9:37am Sun 15 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

DavidVDW wrote:
Unfortunately your article on vanilla is erroneous and poorly researched. There is ample supply of vanilla beans and vanilla flavorings on the market today. The production in Madagascar, who supply about 85% of the global vanilla trade, is healthy and is epxected to remain that way throughout 2012 and 2013. Major ice cream manufacturers contract thier ingredient requirements years in advance so any price increase in vanilla beans today would not have an immediate impact on consumers.

Vanilla bean prices have been at histroical lows for the past 6 years. Even if the price were to double immediately, it would still be very low by histrorical standards. Demand for industrial grade vanilla beans has actually fallen over the past 10 years due to the rampant and questionable usage of natural simulated vanilla flavors such as vanillin in many food formulations including ice cream.

It is certainly possible that vanilla bean prices rise in the near future and that would be welcome news to the vanilla farmers of the world, most of whom live in impoverished conditions. However, there is simply no current threat to the ice cream trade as your rather alarmist article suggests.

Thank you

David
A&H
I bet you're the life and soul of any party.
[quote][p][bold]DavidVDW[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately your article on vanilla is erroneous and poorly researched. There is ample supply of vanilla beans and vanilla flavorings on the market today. The production in Madagascar, who supply about 85% of the global vanilla trade, is healthy and is epxected to remain that way throughout 2012 and 2013. Major ice cream manufacturers contract thier ingredient requirements years in advance so any price increase in vanilla beans today would not have an immediate impact on consumers. Vanilla bean prices have been at histroical lows for the past 6 years. Even if the price were to double immediately, it would still be very low by histrorical standards. Demand for industrial grade vanilla beans has actually fallen over the past 10 years due to the rampant and questionable usage of natural simulated vanilla flavors such as vanillin in many food formulations including ice cream. It is certainly possible that vanilla bean prices rise in the near future and that would be welcome news to the vanilla farmers of the world, most of whom live in impoverished conditions. However, there is simply no current threat to the ice cream trade as your rather alarmist article suggests. Thank you David A&H[/p][/quote]I bet you're the life and soul of any party. Cha'mone MF

10:03am Sun 15 Apr 12

burner says...

David ? . . . statistics ? . . . . party ? . . . not the Tory Party , surely ? !!!
David ? . . . statistics ? . . . . party ? . . . not the Tory Party , surely ? !!! burner

4:14pm Sun 15 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Your ferret stinks wrote:
Nice photo!
Bang tidy!
[quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: Nice photo![/p][/quote]Bang tidy! Cha'mone MF

4:28pm Sun 15 Apr 12

modan says...

Ice cream was invented in China,tea ,spices, cotton,silk,jute,gun powder,paper,cheese,
ships,marble buildings,skyscrappe
rs,stone houses ,rugs etc etc were invented in Arabia,India and China.Patatoes,tomat
oes and tabacco came from Red Indians in the new America the new world.The European were drinking wines and eating turnips.The Asian were very intelligent where all the world's great religion were born and where alphabets was created,schools,coll
eges,universities and science was taught.Asians were first to conquer dark African continent and taken many negros as slaves long before the British.The European and north America began the industrial revolution in 18th and 19th century that led to power then shifted from Asia to the West and North America.Only now the emergence of the new economic superpowers in Asia likes of China,India,Japan,So
uth Korea will counter balance Weatern superiority.
Ice cream was invented in China,tea ,spices, cotton,silk,jute,gun powder,paper,cheese, ships,marble buildings,skyscrappe rs,stone houses ,rugs etc etc were invented in Arabia,India and China.Patatoes,tomat oes and tabacco came from Red Indians in the new America the new world.The European were drinking wines and eating turnips.The Asian were very intelligent where all the world's great religion were born and where alphabets was created,schools,coll eges,universities and science was taught.Asians were first to conquer dark African continent and taken many negros as slaves long before the British.The European and north America began the industrial revolution in 18th and 19th century that led to power then shifted from Asia to the West and North America.Only now the emergence of the new economic superpowers in Asia likes of China,India,Japan,So uth Korea will counter balance Weatern superiority. modan

7:22pm Sun 15 Apr 12

sen c bl says...

Modan tell me, what did the British invent?
Modan tell me, what did the British invent? sen c bl

8:46pm Sun 15 Apr 12

A Darener says...

sen c bl wrote:
Modan tell me, what did the British invent?
Football hooligans!
[quote][p][bold]sen c bl[/bold] wrote: Modan tell me, what did the British invent?[/p][/quote]Football hooligans! A Darener

9:06pm Sun 15 Apr 12

modan says...

sen c bl wrote:
Modan tell me, what did the British invent?
Industrial Revolution,mills,fou
ndries,railways,road
s,iron bridges,iron ships,cars,aeroplane
s,telephones,compute
rs,internets,banking
,television were all invented by the British,Germans and Americans.
Cities,towns,college
s,alphabets,great religeons,schools,co
lleges,univercities,
paper,paper currencies,roads, ships,stone houses,marble palaces,skyscrapers,
mosques,temples,spic
es,cotton,tea,jute,s
ilk gun powder,were all invented in Middle East,India and China
[quote][p][bold]sen c bl[/bold] wrote: Modan tell me, what did the British invent?[/p][/quote]Industrial Revolution,mills,fou ndries,railways,road s,iron bridges,iron ships,cars,aeroplane s,telephones,compute rs,internets,banking ,television were all invented by the British,Germans and Americans. Cities,towns,college s,alphabets,great religeons,schools,co lleges,univercities, paper,paper currencies,roads, ships,stone houses,marble palaces,skyscrapers, mosques,temples,spic es,cotton,tea,jute,s ilk gun powder,were all invented in Middle East,India and China modan

9:34pm Sun 15 Apr 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

A Darener wrote:
sen c bl wrote: Modan tell me, what did the British invent?
Football hooligans!
Beautifully written and oh so true
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c bl[/bold] wrote: Modan tell me, what did the British invent?[/p][/quote]Football hooligans![/p][/quote]Beautifully written and oh so true I_Love_Mommy

6:03am Mon 16 Apr 12

Graham Hartley says...

happycyclist wrote:
Your ferret stinks wrote:
Mr Cowpe added: “We make 1,000 litres of vanilla ice cream a week and that uses an awful lot of vanilla pods.

“To make nine litres we use 300mm of pure vanilla.

Eh? 300mm?
Just a typo. He makes 1,000 kilometres of ice cream a year.
Surely this reference is to the length of the pods used. Three hundred millimetres is the approximate length of two pods.

How long is a pod if a pod is three hundred millimetres shorter than two pods and half of a pod?
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: Mr Cowpe added: “We make 1,000 litres of vanilla ice cream a week and that uses an awful lot of vanilla pods. “To make nine litres we use 300mm of pure vanilla. Eh? 300mm?[/p][/quote]Just a typo. He makes 1,000 kilometres of ice cream a year.[/p][/quote]Surely this reference is to the length of the pods used. Three hundred millimetres is the approximate length of two pods. How long is a pod if a pod is three hundred millimetres shorter than two pods and half of a pod? Graham Hartley

12:54pm Mon 16 Apr 12

woolywords says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
Let them eat cake
Excellent idea...

Vanilla sponge or cupcake, anyone?
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Let them eat cake[/p][/quote]Excellent idea... Vanilla sponge or cupcake, anyone? woolywords

5:49pm Mon 16 Apr 12

sen c bl says...

Modan, you forget one thing. The western world invented POLITICS!!!
Modan, you forget one thing. The western world invented POLITICS!!! sen c bl

11:00am Tue 17 Apr 12

modan says...

The first democracy was in ancient Greece 500 BC while the West,UK,Arabia,India ,China and Japan was ruled by monarchs( Kings and Queens)
The first democracy was in ancient Greece 500 BC while the West,UK,Arabia,India ,China and Japan was ruled by monarchs( Kings and Queens) modan

11:12am Tue 17 Apr 12

modan says...

Yes dont forget all the world religion were born in Asia,Christianity,Is
lam,Judaism,Buddhism
,Hinduism,Sikhism and many more.
Yes dont forget all the world religion were born in Asia,Christianity,Is lam,Judaism,Buddhism ,Hinduism,Sikhism and many more. modan

11:28am Tue 17 Apr 12

sen c bl says...

No Modan. I'm referring to DIRTY BRAINWASHING POLITICS.
No Modan. I'm referring to DIRTY BRAINWASHING POLITICS. sen c bl

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