After a dry 2009 marked by the El Niño phenomenon, Indonesia is experiencing an abnormal amount of rain during the 2010 “dry season”. Normally, the rainy season begins in the ”-ber” months (September/October...), and finishes in March. The dry season usually spans from April to September.

Global Warming


After a dry 2009 marked by the El Niño phenomenon, Indonesia is experiencing an abnormal amount of rain during the 2010 “dry season”. Normally, the rainy season begins in the ”-ber” months (September/October...), and finishes in March. The dry season usually spans from April to September.
Rain began to fall in December 2009 - three months later than usual, and fairly continuous throughout the first 6 months of 2010. It is estimated that 69% of the archipelago’s land will be affected by these unusual climatic conditions. Higher than normal sea surface temperatures and the meteorological phenomenon called La Niña in the Pacific Ocean, are identified as the most likely causes for this unusual weather situation. Whoever still doubts Global Warming might want to reconsider…
Higher than normal rainfall is already having significant impact on prices for numerous food staples (e.g. rice, chili, onions), as well as common spices (e.g. Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg), Ginger and Tumeric harvests have been significantly delayed. In addition, the constant rain is making the natural drying process, necessary for the production of many spices such as cinnamon bark a nightmare. Tripper’s QC people have recently been measuring moisture levels up to 21%, which is much higher than normal for the month of July. Farmers and collectors at origin are grappling with the problem of how to dry the barks in the forest when it rains every day.
The looming risk is that if the rainy season resumes in October, as it is supposed to the odds are that Indonesia will have no dry season in 2010. If this happens, supply of raw materials might be seriously hampered and we will most likely see higher prices on the market.
Cinnamon Bark prices which normally increase mildly during the first quarter of the year have just shot up 17% during the single month of August. Looking at the chart below, one doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out the trend.
Cinnamon KF Raw Mat 2010 Price Fluctuations
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CINNAMON – A Functional Ingredient
Cinnamon is a promising ingredient for controlling diabetes & weight
Cinnamon Global Warming
Researchers at the University of California in Santa Barbara say that cinnamon has an insulin-like activity that can make the body’s insulin more effective, thereby enhancing blood sugar control and preventing the body from producing excess insulin. Although some dietary supplement companies are beginning to offer cinnamon based products, mainstream manufacturers have yet to catch on to the trend, indicating more room for future product expansion.
In the 1980s, research revealed that carbohydrate restriction was not a useful way to manage diabetes. Instead, a reduction in saturated fat intake and the consumption of food that aided blood sugar control such as unrefined carbohydrates and protein proved to be more effective. Cinnamon, with its blood sugar and blood lipid balancing powers is considered to fit well into this concept as a functional ingredient in certain food categories. It would be easy for cinnamon to be used in making diabetic baked goods, and this category accounts for a large percentage of total diabetic food sales.
Even though it is commonly used as a flavoring agent, cinnamon remains underutilized as a functional weight management ingredient in packaged foods. such as shakes and bars. Combined with other ingredients in products that boost metabolism (burn calories) cinnamon adds value for keeping blood sugar levels on an even keel. In some weight management products, cinnamon is a key ingredient credited with supporting safe and sustainable weight loss by curbing cravings.
As more consumers demand natural functional ingredients, cinnamon’s future in the dietary supplement and weight management sector looks promising.
TRIPPER NEWSLETTER/Issue 6/September 2010/Pg1 of 2

SIMPLE PURE & NATURAL…. The main thing that sets our organic and conventional oleoresin products apart from most of the competitors products is our insistence on using only high quality, safe ingredients. Tripper Oleoresins are unadulterated and produced with a food grade solvent derived from sugar cane (No hexane (poison) is used in our manufacturing process). All Tripper products are Kosher certified and most are Halal certified as well. Tripper Oleoresins are offered in 5 kilo, 10 kilo and 25 kilo packaging. Please contact us directly for additional information including pricing and samples if you are interested in Tripper Oleoresin products.
Nutmeg And Mace
Market Trend: A strong demand for young nutmegs from industries using essential oils has caused prices of BWP material to shoot up. The overall quality of nutmegs is going down, as farmers resort to early picking in order to supply the EO distillers. Raw mat quality down, prices going up, it makes no sense, but Indonesia is still the number 1 producer/exporter so there is little challenge on this situation.
Mace prices are out of control - more than 75 % increase in the last 6 months!
New Extractor
Production Upgrade: We are in the process of increasing the capacity, quality and efficiency of our oleoresin production process with the addition of a new extractor/evaporator machine. We are quite confident the capability of this machine will ensure an improved delivery system, benefiting overall production process & increasing that reliable turn around time ”From Harvest To Your Home”.
Consistantly providing high quality products for customer satisfaction continues to be our standard target.
• 8 cups rolled oats (not quick or instant)
• 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
• 1-1/2 cups unprocessed bran
• 1-1/2 cups untoasted wheat germ
• 1/2 cup walnuts
• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
• 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
• 1 Tablespoon nutmeg
• 1 Tablespoon ginger
• 1/2 cup canola oil
• 1 cup honey
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 cups raisins or chopped dried apricots
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix oats, brown sugar, bran. wheat germ, walnuts, sunflower seeds & spices in a large bowl. In a large measuring cup, pour in canola oil with honey, vanilla & lemon juice. Heat slightly in microwave & stir well. Pour wet ingredients over dry & mix. Place in 2 large pans & cook for 20 to 30 minutes until oats are starting to brown. Stir a few times to get an even toasting. When thoroughly cool, add raisins. This keeps well as there is not much oil, but we suggest that you put it in 2 bags & freeze one for later use.
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Our IT wizards at Tripper have been working on upgrades and improvements to our Tripper Website: If you are already familiar with our customer care oriented site you will be surprised to find the team has managed to make a good thing even better! If you have not visited in the past, then what are you waiting for? More useful information, more interesting photos, more access for our valued customers, improved ease of navigation for the specific certification documents and product info you are looking for. Since our aim is to become your partner in Indonesia for sweet spices, vanilla & other natural ingredients, this site is REALLY for you, and we hope you will share any questions, suggestions or comments you have to offer. You can do this quickly and easily from the “contact us” window. The emails you send will be replied to promptly.
TRIPPER NEWSLETTER/Issue 6/September 2010/Pg2 of 2
NFC Certified Cinnamon