The Vanilla Pantry Uganda Limited is a local privately owned company duly registered in Uganda that specialises in the whole sale / bulk supply of vanilla beans, extracts, paste and powder to consumers online and in the food manufacturing, food service, food retail, craft brewing, and restaurant industries. The company was set up with the goal of helping farmers achieve better and more stable prices for their vanilla amid international price fluctuations, and to add value to locally and ethically sourced organic vanilla to create other vanilla derived products to compete on the international market.
99% of all vanilla produced in Uganda is exported for value addition and brought back as an
imported product to be sold to suppliers. We, the local farmers and exporters decided it was
time that we take back some control of the value chain and start to manufacture some of these
products locally and add value to them so as to make more money for the farmers, communities
and families that depend on the cultivation and production of vanilla for a living.
We have made extensive research on how to add value to vanilla and create new products from
this wonderful plant and have been able to come up with, vanilla beans, slow cold pressed
vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, vanilla powder and vanilla sugar.
Uganda is a country found in East Africa along the equator and is the third-largest exporter of vanilla. The plants are grown under certified Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and vanilla farmers are supported by enterprises such as the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative (SVI). Uganda is one of the few vanilla-growing regions with two distinct dry seasons per year and can supply fresh pods year-round for export.