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    11th July 2018

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  • Bedford River Festival 2018

  • We are very nearly there, the Bedford River Festival is only three days away. For the fist time in its forty year history, we will have our very own AB Fruits stall. So please come down, say hello and enjoy some of the great summer delights we will have available.

    6th April 2018

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  • Due to the current crisis in Madagascar, the price of vanilla bean has risen by over 500% in the last two years.

  • Madagascar is the world’s top producer of vanilla bean, and home to 75-80% of global supply. Other countries producing vanilla include Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India and Uganda, but these countries see a smaller harvest. As the market leader, Madagascar sets the global prices and standards of vanilla production. Several factors have amounted to a poor vanilla harvest in the last couple of years. There is a very limited supply of beans as crop sizes have fallen short of expectations, at only 1,200 tonnes, instead of the expected 1,800-2,000 tonnes. A lot of devastation also occurred when Cyclone Enawo hit Madagascar in March, damaging many crops. As well as this, the overall quality of vanilla beans has fallen dramatically due to green

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