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Luxury Goods Place Pressure on Plantations
Essential Oils production represents a valuable and growth business opportunity in South East Asia today, one company which is well placed to capitalise on this is Asia Plantation Capital.
Patchouli is a large perennial plant that offers several harvests each year of precious leaves that are carefully processed and distilled to produce Patchouli Oil, a valued essential oil which yields a deep, earthy & musky aroma from carefully distilled and aged viscous amber oil.
Such is the demand for this oil that patchouli leaves have become a recent victim of the world’s insatiable demand for luxury goods and fragrances. Demand now has reached critical levels and traditional farmers using old, antiquated and inconsistent distillation & processing methods struggle to maintain supplies to the world’s rapidly expanding fragrance industry.
Like its more valuable and highly esteemed relation the essential oil Oud, there is no acceptable synthetic alternative that comes close to replicating the characteristics and essence of high quality naturally produced oils. Patchouli Oil is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most widely used ingredients in fragrance.
Asia Plantation Capital, with their wealth of experience in the production of sustainable plantation Oud Oils, have expanded into this high value agro-forestry area establishing patchouli plantations in prime locations across the region. APC will be ready to supply, under contract, raw Patchouli Oils. State of the art distillation and purification factories are being built by the company to ensure consistent high quality and sustainable supplies of Patchouli Oils to the international fragrance industry alongside our pure Oud Oils.
Shaima Matar, Director of Oud and Essential Oils for APC in Dubai advises that:-
“During our business activities over the last year we have noticed every major buyer has been asking us if we can supply quality Patchouli Oils”. Due to inconsistent and poor quality supplies currently in the market many buyers are forced to stock-hold quality Patchouli Oil when they can find it. “Patchouli is native to South East Asia and a perfect species to cultivate with our existing Agarwood, Teak and other plantation species”.
Following successful initial trails in Thailand where patchouli is a native species APC is now planting approximately 5,000 acres of Patchouli which will supply around 100,000 tonnes of patchouli leaves annually with harvests every two to three months throughout the year. As with Oud Oil, careful aging of Patchouli Oil also increases its value.
Fragrance Du Bois will be using Patchouli and Oud Oils from APC plantations and distilleries in its own fragrance range and shops being launched this year.
About Asia Plantation Capital
Asia Plantation Capital Group acts as plantation managers and advisors to several Private Equity Funds that focus on the forestry, farming and renewable energy sectors. Plantation assets currently owned and/or under management on behalf of private clients are in excess of US$250 million. Established officially in 2008, although operating privately since 2002, the group now has plantations and agricultural projects on four continents with operational projects at various stages. Their mission is to become the leading operator of sustainably managed forestry and agricultural plantations, from project evaluation through to plantation management and forestry product distribution. APC believes corporate responsibility is not just about securing profit for shareholders and investors, but also to contribute positively to society and the environment.
Asia Plantation Capital is an owner and operator of a diverse range of plantation and agricultural business across Asia.
About Asia Plantation Distilleries Ltd
Asia Plantation Distilleries Ltd owns and operates the group’s Oud Oil distillation & processing factories and retail outlets in Thailand. They manufacture and distribute high quality Oud Oil with CITES certification, and a guarantee of sustainability on all product, suitable for export and use in the international fragrance industry.