A Whirlwind of Change
From mid-August until the end of September, the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts were hit with detrimental hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria. Devastating southern Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, hundreds of billions of dollars are expected to be spent on the
rehabilitation of these areas.
What happened in these four weeks has not only sparked countless
rescue missions and first-aid efforts on the national level, but it raises a
question about the intensity of hurricane season and its link to climate
change. In an article from the Washington Posta, Michael Ventrice, a
research meteorologist at the Weather Company said, “We are seeing some
of the hottest ocean temperatures in the planet in the western Caribbean
Sea. This is like rocket fuel for developing tropical cyclones. A major
concern for late-season development.”
What does this mean for F&F? In an extreme case, Florida’s $10 billion
citrus industry has been on the decline due to citrus greening disease and has
been dealt another blow from Hurricane Irma. Many citrus farmers have lost
70 to 100% of next year’s crops, which raises the question of whether or not
farmers have the resources to replant and continue.
It’s no secret that naturals are a part of a volatile market. There is only
so much the industry can control when it comes to producing a consistent harvest each year. Along with research in curing citrus greening and
rehabilitation efforts post-hurricane, perhaps this is an opportunity for
the industry to focus on other areas of development. This could very well
be discovering emerging markets for new materials and trends (page 16),
sourcing and distribution strategies, adjacent industries (page 38) and
improving a circular economy.
Ultimately, when your environment is healthy, your business is healthy.
At P&F our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by these global
I hope you enjoy this issue.
With warmth from New York City,
Editorial Advisory Board
President and CEO,
Flavor Dynamics, Inc.
PATRICK DUNPHY, PH.D.
Independent vanilla and
Independent flavor consultant
BRIAN M. LAWRENCE
Natural Products Editor,
Perfumer & Flavorist magazine;
Journal of Essential Oil Research
Senior flavorist, abelei Flavors
LESLIE SMITH, PH.D.
President, Leslie C. Smith Consulting
Regulatory affairs manager,
FONA International, Inc.
Independent flavorist and author
Creative perfumer, Seven Scent
JOHN CAVALLO, PH.D.
Chief Technology Officer,
Citrus and Allied Essences;
Trilogy Essential Ingredients