There's apparently a vanilla shortage, and it affects us all way more than you'd think
For obvious reasons, we don’t like hearing that there’s a shortage of anything food-related. But especially something as delicate and delicious as vanilla! But apparently there is a vanilla shortage and it will affect our lives more than we think — because it’s a common flavor used in a ton of dishes and products (not just desserts).
Most of the vanilla we consume comes from crops in Madagascar, and according to a report from Canadian vanilla supplier Aust & Hachmann, “crop sizes have fallen woefully short of expectations and the overall quality of vanilla beans has fallen dramatically.” The report goes on to state, “The state of the global vanilla market has deteriorated to levels unimaginable just a few short years ago.” And to that, we say NOOOOOOO!
via giphyThe GOOD news is that vanilla is not suddenly about to disappear completely, but the vanilla that is on the shelves will be pretty expensive.
And it might not be the amazing vanilla we’re used to, because the quality is dropping with the stress of high demand. Alternative vanilla sourcing is being researched in places like Papua New Guinea and India, so while the solution won’t necessarily happen quickly, people are working on it.
We’re choosing to remain positive (for the moment) about news of the shortage…but only because chocolate is still widely available!
via giphyAnd suddenly, everything feels alright in the world. We will get through this!