Cornmint comes from the plant Mentha arvensis and is native to Europe although it is highly cultivated in Northern India. The essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of the leaves.
Cornmint is used in similar applications to peppermint but it’s taste and odour are slightly milder. It’s slightly different properties lend itself well to more therapeutic applications as well as the obvious flavouring use.
As it is both antiseptic and anti-bacterial t is often found in dental products for the treatment of swollen gums and toothache as well as being often found in mouthwash for these benefits and its cooling flavour.
You will find many tropical skin cooling products containing cornmint. It’s also commonly used to treat stomach and respiratory complaints, headaches and muscular aches and pains..
The market was quite stable in March 2019 with not much activity. The crop was overdue as a result of late harvesting of potato, mustard, and sugarcane. Present indications point towards an estimated 20% to 25% increase in crop figures as compared to 2018. That means an impressive 45,000 MT. However, carryover from 2018 is nothing to write home about. Of late the market has seen an influx of synthetic mint that is being produced in India. Coupled with additional capacity of synthetic menthol coming live this year, the total availability of menthol is poised to overtake the demand by a considerable margin. While the situation is expected to leave a significant carryover for the 2020 crop year, it will also have a lowering effect on prices. If production is on track, with no unexpected surprises or disruption in synthetic supply, producers and end users can be tension-free this year.
Adulteration is becoming a big challenge with very poor availability of clean material right now. Many customers are confused by the low prices natural material offers, which is in fact highly adulterated with synthetic menthone and menthol. On the other hand, farmers are becoming very strong in India with better financial power to hold the material, and to wait for higher prices.
DMO (dementholised mint oil) continues to be in short supply. Lower processing, and a better margin in converting menthone to menthol is key to the shortage. 2020 may be a tight year for DMO again, as it is a major byproduct of menthol powder production. With the Malaysian synthetic plant, assume reduction in demand for menthol from China, which means lesser production in 2019-20 for DMO.
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