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Vanilla 2015 will be held November 4th and 5th, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Jamesburg, NJ. This meeting will focus on vanillin: past, present and future.
In addition, the meeting will address the supply and demand of vanilla beans as well as other current topics.
In this meeting we will address the newest breakthrough discoveries in vanilla science since the previous meeting in 2013. The meeting will also address the burning current issues in the vanilla industry and provide an opportunity for discussion.
Vanilla production is vulnerable to many risks, such as diseases, weather conditions, lack of genetic variability, political instability, and more, resulting in low prices for producers and high prices for consumers. These are the reasons why the industry is looking for alternatives to vanilla (predominantly vanillin from natural sources).
Vanillin is the major component in vanilla, and synthetic vanillin has been used for more than 100 years. In the last 25 years, advancement of molecular biology has led to an explosion of vanillin production by microorganisms.
In the last few years, there has been serious confusion and misunderstandings relating to the labeling of vanillin from sources other than vanilla. This meeting is meant to clear the air. Speakers from FEMA, leading vanilla producers, and food companies will be among those addressing these concerns and clarifying the subject matter.