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Organic Vanilla Extract is here! We are thrilled to announce that our organic vanilla extract from Vanilla Bean Project is ready and available for sale. This pure vanilla extract is crafted locally in Lakeland, Minnesota in small batches using only certified organic vanilla beans traceable to the village level, made with extra care. Vanilla Bean Project buys organic vanilla beans direct from women-owned businesses and cooperatives and are committed to doing better by vanilla growers. Great quality vanilla beans make for a great quality extract. They are small batch and organic.
About Vanilla Bean Project
Historically, Madagascar grows about 80% of the world’s vanilla bean crop and is known as the center of the vanilla-universe. Yet, Madagascar remains one of the most impoverished countries in the world with the vast majority of the population employed in agriculture. In 2018, the price of vanilla beans surpassed the price of an equal weight of silver. That gets us back to the people and purpose of the Vanilla Bean Project and how we move forward together. All Madagascar origin vanilla beans in Vanilla Bean Project’s certified organic products are traceable to the village level. When our vanilla beans originate from a member-owned cooperative in Madagascar, the full value of our direct-trade purchase is shared by people, families, and communities forming the cooperative.
The purpose of The Vanilla Bean Project is to provide a better option for vanilla, similar to imported fair-trade coffee or slavery-free cocoa. Vanilla extract is already in your pantry. Only a handful of large successful companies process vanilla extract, many have been in business over a hundred years and control retail market share like oligopolies. They learned how to make a commercial vanilla extract from out of print books (a similar pathway pioneered by Ben & Jerry’s). Vanilla Bean Project offers a new forward direction to bring people along by doing better than the old ways of the vanilla business. Join the project. Together, we will make a long term impact in the vanilla market to do better by people and our planet.