Omega says both products meet European Union requirements and can be used in the same way in confectionery and baking applications.
Bad weather in Madagascar, which produces over 80% of vanilla sold globally, has created a need for alternatives. According to confectioneryproduction.com, vanilla is now the second most expensive spice in the world, with prices increasing as much as 4-fold since 2015. Imitation vanilla contains vanillin, which is either produced by chemical synthesis or as a wood pulp processing byproduct. Omega Ingredients says its vanilla has no chemical aftertaste and allows for natural claims on product labels.