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Peppermint Oil and Spearmint Oil Production to Fall in India in 2012

March 26, 2012

MUMBAI, India, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Global peppermint oil and spearmint oil supplies are expected to fall in 2012, according to mint distillation industry representatives in India.

As a result of a variety of factors, peppermint oil and spearmint oil production in several major mint growing areas in India will be in short supply in 2012 and possibly in 2013, according to Dr. Raj Kumar, U.S. Technical Director of Mint Distillers Organisation of India.

For peppermint (Mentha Piperita), many farmers in India will not be growing this crop in 2012 and it is expected that there will be a significant 40% to 50% drop in peppermint oil production in India as compared to 2011. Production of peppermint oil in India in 2011 was about 270-360 MT, while in 2012 it is expected that production will drop to only 160-200 MT in India.

For spearmint (Mentha Spicata), mint farmers in India have been moving away from growing this crop because of competition from China and also because of the rapidly increasing size of the Mentha Arvensis crop in India. Spearmint production is expected to be 55 metric tons (MT) in 2012, which is about 20% less than 2011.

According to officials in India, the main reason for the sudden drop in peppermint and spearmint production in India is that cornmint (Mentha Arvensis) is projected to increase in acreage by 50% in India. Specifically, it is estimated that Indian production of cornmint oil will rise from 30,000 metric tons in 2011 to 55,000 metric tons in 2012.

With global demand for peppermint oil and spearmint mint oil rising by nearly 2% to 3% a year as people in developing countries purchase more oral hygiene products as well as more candies and confections made from mint, the drop in Indian peppermint and spearmint oil production and supply could greatly affect production of these products in the short to intermediate term.

For more information about the mint supply situation in India, contact Raj Kumar at 1-415-763-5661 or indian.mint.distillers@gmail.com.

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SOURCE Mint Distillers Organisation of India

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