Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
2 Albany St
New Brunswick, NJ
United States

Registration for FEMA’s Vanilla: A Deep Dive Workshop has reached capacity and is now closed.

FEMA members and industry stakeholders joining this Deep Dive Workshop will hear from experts on one of the flavor industry’s most important supply markets: vanilla. This day-long workshop will feature vanilla specialists to share insights on vanilla bean growth, harvest, and proper curing methods, updates from primary growing regions, an overview of farming techniques, and an outlook on emerging growing regions. 



9:00 – 10:00 am 

Vanilla Lifecycle: Cultivation, Harvest, and Curing

Daphna Havkin-Frenkel, Batko Flavors

10:00 – 11:00 am

Nethervanilla – Vanilla from a Dutch Greenhouse

Filip van Noort, the University of Wageningen

11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Sustainable Vanilla Initiative: Activity Update

Don Seville, Sustainable Vanilla Initiative

12:00 – 12:45 pm 


12:45 – 2:00 pm 

Growing Region Round-Up & Panel Discussion

Moderator: Daphna Havkin-Frenkel, Batko Flavors

Confirmed Panelists: Chris Richard & David van der Walde, Aust & Hachmann; Craig Nielsen, Nielsen Massey Vanilla; Vincent Cellier & Stéphane Leveque, De Monchy Natural Products; Henry Todd, Jr., Virginia Dare; Doug Daugherty, Vanilla Corporation of America

2:00 – 2:15 pm 


2:15 – 3:15 pm 

Domestic Vanilla Production – Opportunities in Southern Florida

Dr. Alan Chambers, KeyGene USA

3:15 – 4:30 pm 

Global Vanilla: Tasting Vanilla from Different Growing Regions

Henry Todd, Jr., Virginia Dare Extract Co.

4:30 – 5:00 pm 

FEMA Science Affairs Committee: Methods and Specifications Project on Vanilla

Joanna Drake, FEMA