Vanilla 2019 Global Conference to be held in Tanzania

Bakto Flavors Digest

The team at Bakto Flavors LLC visited vanilla growers and processors in Tanzania. As a result of which, we’re excited to share with you that the Vanilla 2019 global conference will be taking place in Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Please visit the conference website ( for more details.

Adding value to Tanzania’s premium vanilla

Club Africa - February 2017


Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, Mbeya and Morogoro regions offer ideal conditions to grow premium quality vanilla. But without proper processing facilities the farmers’ crops will not yield high returns. After the arrival of Natural Extracts Industries (NEI), local smallholder farmers are proud to produce first-class vanilla products that are exported under the brand name ‘Epicurious Hedgehog’, to keen users in bakeries and restaurants as well as to discerning ‘home chefs’ all over the world.

Nestlé Announces the Finalists for the 2016 CSV Prize

Nestlé - 2016


With the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Nestlé has announced the finalists for the Creating Shared Value [CSV] Prize 2016: Natural Extracts Industries [NEI] from Tanzania and Agro-Hub from Cameroun. After four screening phases, the two finalists were selected from a group of 450 applicants by the Nestlé CSV Council, along with 9 independent experts and 9 Nestlé internal experts.

Unreasonable East Africa’s 2015 program

Unreasonable - 2015


Based in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, NEI’s mission is to accelerate the economic development of smallholder farmers by adding value to their local crops, while simultaneously satisfying a global demand for sustainably sourced natural flavors—like vanilla.

Meet Juan Guardado, Managing Director of Natural Extracts Industries, Ltd.

Business Fights Poverty - 2015


Check out coverage of Juan Guardado in Business Fights Poverty - asking about the ideas, history and challenges of running Natural Extracts Industries Ltd.

Creating Opportunities through Vanilla Farming

Business Fights Poverty - 2014


Natural Extracts Industries Ltd. (NEI) builds upon the co-founders’ business acumen and technical expertise and combines it with the local knowledge and on-the-ground experience of their Tanzanian partner to create new opportunities and shared value for all stakeholders. Since the company’s establishment in 2011 they have been working with farmers to cultivate vanilla and other crops that are used as raw materials for natural extracts, in order to satisfy world demand for natural flavors, while improving the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in the region. 

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