Prulab is a laboratory specialised in Physico-chemical humidity and vanillin analysis of vanilla, which are important properties to measures the quality of vanilla beans, vanilla cuts and vanilla powder products before they are exported.
The laboratory was founded in 2021 by Olivier Ratsimbaholison, an entrepreneur from Antananarivo with a degree in Natural Sciences. Prulab became the first independent vanilla laboratory in the SAVA region offering fast and accurate analysis for exporters and other vanilla operators wishing to determine the quality, market value and price of their products.
The service is also available to vanilla importers in various countries that need to assess the quality of the vanilla they order from Madagascar before being delivered to their facilities. Prulab offers to collect samples from different exporters and submit the test results to the vanilla buyer in the importing country.
The time to complete an analysis takes between one and two days, which includes a 10-hour ethanol based heat extraction process before the final analysis and report is prepared. An analysis can be done on any grade of vanilla.
Humidity level for Grade A (gourmet quality) is between 30% and 36% and for Grade B (TK Extract beans) between 26% and 30% while Grade C (cuts and splits) is below 26%.
The cost for each sample analysis report is 100,000 Ariary (approx. USD 25), which includes a certificate of vanillin and humidity contents.
Prulab is located in Sambava, the capital of Madagascar's vanilla production, which along with Antalaha, Vohemar and Andapa are where most of the country's vanilla producers and exporters are headquartered.
For further information, contact the Prulab team in Sambava at:
Contact: Mr Olivier Ratsimbaholison
Tel: +261 (0)34 12 729 72 / +261 (0)32 64 307 60
- Prulab Facebook entry: https://web.facebook.com/prulab.sava
- Video review (in Malagasy): https://web.facebook.com/620756904992814/videos/775637479764542
- Olivier Ratsimbano's CV (PDF)
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