Massoia bark is graded by its C10 lactone content and is available in grades of 50%, 65%, 90% and 95%.
Produced from the bark of the massoia tree, the lactone is used as food flavouring and as an additive in the dairy industry.
The tree is native to Indonesia, gown at altitudes between 400m-1000m above sea-level.
The oil is produced by steam distillation after the chopping then pre-grinding of the tree bark.
The massoia market is facing a severe crunch in terms of raw material availability. Over-harvesting in some areas and political turmoil in the West Papua region has led to challenges in raw material procurement. Consequently, there is a drastic drop in the supply of massoia bark. Van Aroma is actively involved and leads the industry’s collective endeavours in exploring sustainable options to establish a fully traceable supply chain for this product. However, this oil has been at the centre of controversy and this has affected output volumes. Initial market reports indicate an imminent acute scarcity of massoia bark oil and therefore the lactones. Most essential oil prices have fallen to their nadir, except for a few ingredients. The shortage of these is constantly pushing up the prices.
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