Vanilla beans from Niue have a reputation for high quality, but there are not enough beans produced to meet market demand.
Niue Vanilla International sells its certified organic vanilla to Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand and is working on a deal with Japan. Owner Stanley Kalauni says the business is flourishing but needs more suppliers.
“Former growers who took part in a previous government scheme which crashed and burned, are reluctant to start farming the crop again. Once their beans were in full production no-one was buying.”
Stanley Kalauni says his company pays suppliers for beans before processing them, so the farmers know they’re always going to get their money.
Source: Radio New Zealand International