“Expovan”,with its experience in
processing has proved its ability to meet the quality expectations of end
users in the International Vanilla Industry and looks forward eagerly to the
eventual goal of processing Vanilla from the
monitored harvest of Indian Vanilla Initiative growers,so as to provide end
users with the finest quality Vanilla.
Traditional methods of sourcing proved to
be unorganized and unpredictable, and this necessitated the founding of
Indian Vanilla Initiative. So as to lay the foundation for the revival and rapid
progress of Sustainable Vanilla Cultivation
in India, Expovan sources Vanilla beans from IVI Farmers and the Open market. The
supervised, systematic and
consistent sourcing from contracted farmers who follow the cultivation methods
propagated by IVI to ensure
production of the finest Vanilla.
Fresh green vanilla beans that are harvested from the plantations are brought to the sorting facility – here the green beans are sorted by hand using proprietary scales based on their colour and length. This is a crucial step in processing, as during the next stage of scalding,the temperatures they are subject to will depend on these variables.
The sorted beans are bundled (150-250 g each) and tied together using a thread. These bundles are kept for conditioning inside wooden or metal boxes lined with wax paper for about two months. During this time there is further loss of moisture by 3-4%, this helps the aroma and flavour to develop. It is during this stage the vanilla bean develops it’s unique and characteristic flavour profile. Finally, the beans are bunched into bundles and stored in airtight containers. The beans remain there till they get packaged for shipping.
It is the chronicle of an extraordinary
enterprise that proved to the world that nothing is impossible. The Indian Vanilla
Initiative is the dream child of Dr. Mahendran, who at his hometown, Pollachi,
TamilNadu, has been ardently into
farming. A veteran with two decades of experience in the Vanilla value chain right
from cultivation to marketing.
Dr. Mahendran sensed the viability of the situation and started the Indian Vanilla
Initiative. It was begun with a noble
aim to help organize Vanilla planters of Karnataka, TamilNadu and Kerala and to help
them get fair prices for their hard
work, on par with international pricing. Under this Initiative, large and small
farms and organizations cultivate Vanilla
through contract farming tie-ups making use of the group's own cultivation
techniques. The Initiative ensures 100%
buy-back guarantee for the growers and traceability and audibility to cultivation
across the Western Ghats.
Under the leadership of Dr. Mahendran,
one of the pioneers of Vanilla in India with two decades of experience in
Vanilla Cultivation and Processing, the Initiative meticulously oversees Vanilla
cultivation successfully through
sustainable methods. Under Indian Vanilla Initiative, small and large farmers
cultivate Vanilla through contract farming
tie-ups making use of the group’s own improved cultivation techniques. The
Initiative ensures 100% buy back at the
farm gate from the growers with prices in tune with the market and the assurance of
a Minimum Support Price.
IVI’s nursery provides healthy Vanilla
vines to farmers for cultivation with an annual supply capacity of 400,000 sapling
delivery to farmers through IVI field officer.
IVI’s passion and commitment arises from
two decades of knowledge in both the science of cultivation as well as the
practical aspects with constant upgradation of methods and technology, while being
receptive to feedback from the
IVI conducts interactive sessions with
farmers and familiarizes them with the benefits of Vanilla cultivation through a
Farming Contract that guarantees 100% Crop Purchase and Minimum Selling
The Indian Vanilla
Enterprise is the marketing entity of Goodness Vanilla which offers the world a
platter of the finest
and all-natural Vanilla products. The venture is highly committed to present the
painstakingly cultivated and
processed Indian Vanilla, keeping its quality intact.
After successful cultivation and harvesting under the supervision
and technological assistance of the Indian Vanilla
Initiative, the high-quality beans are meticulously processed and value added to
extract & powder. From there, the
all-natural range of Vanilla products is introduced to the Indian market by The
Indian Vanilla Enterprise under the brand
name Goodness Vanilla.
VANILLA PODS-GOURMET GRADE
They are Grade A Beans which are supple,
aromatic and have a uniform dark brown colour with higher flavour content.
All-natural Vanilla Powder made from
crushing of quality vanilla pods
The treasured seeds inside the vanilla
pods that though not used for flavour, they give a natural visual aspect of real
vanilla to the end product.