Natural, Organic & Sustainable Agriculture

Our Team

Dylan Randriamihaja

Welcome! My name is Dylan. I’m the founder and CEO of Madagascar Spices Company. The priority of our organisation is to keep our customers satisfied with the quality of our products at all times. It is the only way we can expect to receive repeat orders, including word-of-mouth recommendations and indeed the only way we can grow as an organisation. Furthermore, we aim to provide a workplace where everyone in our team can benefit and develop their individual skills because it is through a good team effort that we are able to produce the best quality vanilla beans and other spices.

Venja Randriamihaja

My name is Venja. I come from a family with a long history of vanilla farming. My parents cultivated vanilla and the profession was passed on from father to son. I was not even ten years old when my dad worked with me on farms and taught me how to pollinate vanilla and I made the same choice with my son Dylan. I passed on to him all that I knew. He was always around at our farm until he went to study in Sambava. This is where his curiosity and ambition drove him to what we need and where he is today. My relatives and I were content with growing and selling green vanilla during the season but Dylan wanted to achieve more. The preparation was learned: scalding, parboiling, sun drying, refining, measuring and finally conditioning. The whole process involves much work, but he has succeeded in his ambition and is now exporting his products. I do not work full time in the company. I learn little by little the preparation of vanilla with his team while providing an advisory role. I dream that the company keeps on growing and becomes well known in Madagascar.

Bavy Randriamihaja

Bavy Louise is my name. I am Dylan's mother. I was a vanilla farmer and I introduced him to this from a young age and then he created Madagascar Spices. Today with my husband, my job is to advise him and assist him with his work. I wish that his work becomes known and develops even more. My favourite hobby is cooking.

Lucia Fanabe

I am Lucia, I have been the sales and export manager for Madagascar Spices since the end of 2020. I am a native of south-eastern Madagascar, originally from the coastal town of Farafangana. I graduated in International Business Studies and have already worked in this field since 2013 in Antananarivo where I was the prospecting agent for an international transit company. I moved north to Sambava to help strengthen the Madagascar Spices team as the CEO, Dylan Randriamihaja, invited me to contribute my expertise in the development of the company and help serve their customers better. My tasks include organising the cargo, delivery and insurance options, preparation of documentation for clearing organic products into the EU and other locations. My hobby is reading and walking along the beach and my dream is to be able to continue my studies and further develop my understanding of the international vanilla market.

Jeannot Randrianaivonirina

I am Jeannot, consultant of Madagascar Spices Company on technical assistance for the implementation of organic and Fairtrade certifications since 2020. I am an Agronomist Engineer with expertise in the application of different standards: Organic agriculture (Ecocert), Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Global Gap, HACCP and ISO (Quality Management System). I come from Antananarivo where I studied agronomy at the university before working in various fields of certifications and quality management of spices and training farmers since 2014. I am married with a young child. In my spare time, I enjoy playing football and other sports.

Charlette Volasoa

My name is Charlette. I have been working with Dylan's team since 2008. I participate in the vanilla preparation with the other employees as well as monitor the entire process. Before arriving here, I worked as a waitress in a hotel. I would like this company to grow and become better known around the world. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and going out with my friends.

Marcel Sama

I am Marcel, I am the Certification Manager of Organic Vanilla at Madagascar Spices. I have been part of the team since 2017. Before then, I worked at the Horticultural Technical Centre of Tamatave (CTHT) where I had the responsibilities of organisation, promotion and the representation of the horticultural sectors of the east coast of Madagascar and more specifically those of the province of Tamatave. Then I trained in organic farming in the Ecocert Tananarive. I also train people on environmental protection with Rainforest Alliance (an American NGO that aims to preserve biodiversity and sustainability). Our work within Madagascar Spices is based on trust and mutual respect. I am motivated to always give my best efforts so that our products are improved. I am single and father of four children. My favourite free-times activities are fishing and football.

Christin Rabe

My name is Christin. I am one of Dylan's first employees. I am the safety manager of the company and I also do gardening during the day. I am a dedicated man who loves his job very much and I aim to be very helpful. I am the father of six children. In my free time, I like to stay at home and take care of gardening.

Pascal Ramilison

I am Pascal. I started working at Madagascar Spices in 2015 where I am now the Vanilla Manager. I really like this job, making vanilla preparation from when it is green until it is ready to be consumed. This work requires a lot of attention also from passion but above all know-how. Nothing is more satisfying than having a good quality production each year. I am a father, I have two children, a 21-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.

Frédérix Razanabenja

My name is Frédérix. I have worked in Madagascar Spices 2018 but have experience in producing vanilla since before arriving, but mostly green vanilla. I was trained by the staff here to my current position of Vanilla Quality Checker. I would like to master all aspects of the preparation and conservation methods of vanilla. In my spare time, I watch football matches. One day I would like to become a vanilla dealer.

Angelot Joamamy

I am Angelot. I started in Madagascar Spices in 2015. It is my first job and what I've learned is to prepare vanilla. I completed my BACC in 2018 and am now taking computer classes to further improve my work skills. I practise sport from time to time and football is my favourite sport.

Noel Ramanantena

My name is Noel and I've been working for Madagascar Spices since 2016. I'm in charge of sorting vanilla. I was trained by Dylan himself. Before I was a rice farmer. I love my job because I can help my family and I would like the business to grow even more. Besides of work, I spend my time fishing or hunting.

Ely Jean

My name is Ely, I have been working for Dylan since 2016. At first, I was trained by my former employees and thereafter by Dylan himself. Now my job is to tie up and sort bundles of vanilla. I'm also a company driver and take care of the transport of staff. I like being part of this team because they are all dynamic people with a collective sense of initiative. During my free time, I spend time with my father and son watching football or Malagasy boxing (Morengy) with my 2-year-old son.

Nanja Rasaona

My name is Nanja. Since 2017, I am the accounting manager of Madagascar Spices. I am a private accountant, that is to say, I perform the accounts of several companies. From 1996 to 2011, I was based in Sambava working for different vanilla companies. Now, I also work in Antananarivo, Manakara and Sambava, fulfilling Madagascar Spices' accounting needs on a yearly basis. My headquarters are in Manakara.

Charles Rafidison

My name is Charles. I've worked with Dylan since 2008. I started as a gardener and little by little I received training in vanilla preparation and I moved on to become the Vanilla Quality Controller. Apart from my work, I am a singer-songwriter of evangelical songs. On weekends, I like to go to the bush to visit friends or just walk along the beach.

Téotine Totozafy Razanasoanirina

My name is Téotine. I have been employed by Madagascar Spices since 2016. I mainly take care of the quality control of vanilla. Sometimes I also measure and sort vanilla. I gained a lot of experience here but also in other vanilla companies before working for Dylan. I have worked with vanilla since 2004. I have two children and a little girl. I would like to become a vanilla trader one day. My hobby is sewing.

Marie Esther Rasoandalana

I am Marie Esther. I have worked in Madagascar Spices since 2016. At first I was trained by the staff who were here before me. I am highly specialised in vanilla sorting. Before entering the vanilla world I was a housekeeper. I am a single mother of two children. What I like about my work is the know-how acquired about vanilla. Besides vanilla, I also have other passions, such as being a good cook and pastry chef. And in my free time, I take care of my house and family.

Eonie

I am Eonie, I have been working for Dylan since November 2018. I gained my experience in vanilla preparation by working at another vanilla facility before arriving here. My job is to sort vanilla. I am a single mother of a little boy of four years and I dream of becoming a businesswoman because I'm good with numbers. My favourite hobby is to stroll along the beach, especially on weekends.

Alphonsine

I am Alphonsine. I've been employed in Madagascar Spices since 2018. I have gained my experiences working in various vanilla enterprises since 2004. My responsibility is vanilla grading. Like everyone else, I dream of going on holiday with my family. During my free time, I enjoy sports. I am a practising Christian.

Noëla Rasoamangarvine

I am Noëla. I have worked at Madagascar Spices since 2018 although I have more than 10 years of experience in vanilla preparation. I am married and have two children. My work here provides for the needs of my family and I hope one day to realise my dream of a large family house.

Totoline Rasoanirina

My name is Totoline. I have worked at Madagascar Spices since 2018 and I have worked in vanilla preparation since I was 25 years old. Here, my job is to do the sorting. I am married and have two children. I would like to earn enough to open my own grocery store. My passion besides my work is prayer.

Francette Be

I am Francette. I have been working for Dylan since 2017. I have more than 10 years of experience in vanilla preparation. My job is classification, measuring and sorting vanilla, in other words, vanilla preparation. I'm married, my hobby is sewing, braiding and making basketry with vegetable fibres. I would like to one day go on vacation and visit the cities of Madagascar.

Marie Louise Antonika

My name is Marie Louise. I have worked here since 2017, having been trained by my elders but also by Dylan himself. I am specialised in the task of vanilla sorting. I like working in this company because it's like working with the family. Before being hired here, I was a vanilla farmer. I am a mother of a daughter who is eight years old. I am a passionate Christian.

Kadoline

My name is Kadoline but I'm nicknamed Hanta. I was born in 1995 and I have been working in Madagascar Spices since July 2019. As new to the company, my job is to sort vanilla but I also help others to prepare vanilla. I am a farmer's daughter and I have always been in contact with vanilla since my childhood so it was very easy for me to join the team. I am a mother of two children. In my free time we spend our time watching football and my dream is to build a villa.

Jao Odon

My name is Jao and I am 24 years old. I am part of the vanilla conditioning team at Madagascar Spices since July 2019. What motivates me is the experience and the knowledge that I gain from the packaging of vanilla. I worked in a vanilla warehouse before working here and I have more than three years of experience in vanilla packaging. To improve our work and increase our production, we have clear responsibilities of employees within the company. I am a father of a girl and my favorite hobby is football. My goal is to be able to realise my next project to build my own home.

Jean Lido Rabe

I am Jean Lido, I am 41 years old. I worked as a vanilla conditioning agent in Madagascar Spices before but took a break for personal reasons. I have returned to work since December 2019 and I am like a trainee because I gain much experience in this work which fascinates me. I like the family atmosphere within this company even though I think it is important to maintain discipline. I am father of a girl and two boys. I like to read books when I'm free and also watch TV. When I am rich I will build NGOs to help the sick and the poor and a church too.

Marie Clariette Razafindrasoa

My name is Marie Clariette, I am 33, native of Sambava and mother of a family with a 14 years old teenager. I started working at Madagascar Spices at the beginning of the year 2021. Before working here, I have already worked at two other vanilla producers where I gained the necessary experience in packaging of vanilla to be ready for export. My main task is the measurement and the classification of vanilla grades. I enjoy working here because everything is well organised and so we have no difficulty in carrying out our tasks. I don't spend much of my free time living excessively, instead I spend it praying. I wish to stay with the Madagascar Spices team until I retire and before then, buy a house for my family.

Patricia Razanadrakoto

I am Patricia and I am 33 years of age, a single mother of two daughters. Native of Sambava, I always lived around vanilla and have over ten years of experience in vanilla packaging. I started working with Madagascar Spices in 2021 and my job is grading, sorting and measuring. This job is my source of income so I respect it and always give my best performance. The well-organised work and conditions here encourages me to continue strengthening the team and quality of the products. My hobby is reading and my dream is to travel around Madagascar with my family.

Solange Rafeno

My name is Soalange. I am 30 and live with my husband and son. I joined Madagascar Spices in 2021 and my job is to do the classification and measurement of vanilla beans. I have four years of vanilla packaging experience before starting my work here. I've always been passionate about vanilla so it's no surprise it has become my profession. In my free time I enjoy watching the Novelas TV series. When I retire, I wish to spend my time with my family and open a wholesale business.

Veronique Kalomamy

I am Veronique, born in 1980. Married and mother of a teenager. I started with the Madagascar Spices team in early 2021 but already had over 16 years of experience in the vanilla packaging profession. I alternate between classification, measurement and verification. I help train young people who want to do their job in this field. I find it easy to work here because all I do is to apply my knowledge gained from my many previous years of experience. I love my job and I don't think I could do anything else. To improve the work here, one just needs to maintain the team spirit, because there is nothing more effective than a united team. In my free time I visit other family members. My dream is to be able to build a villa that I will leave to my son and my grandchildren.

Suzette

My name is Suzette. Born in 1985. Mother of a teenage girl and a little boy. I started working for Madagascar Spices in 2021 and before then I had already worked four years at another vanilla producer. The work here is my source of income from which I feed my family and which I hope one day will help realise my plans for the future. To improve the work here, one must strengthen the team spirit. During my free time I relax quietly at home. My dream is to go on a trip with my children.

Jean-De-Dieu Anatole Rakotoarivelo

My name is Jean-De-Dieu Anatole. I am the young generation of 2001. I started working for Madagascar Spices in 2021. I take care of grading, stringing and measuring vanilla beans. I invest my time in my work here to develop the company and gain experience in the field of vanilla. I am native and raised in the SAVA region so it is quite normal that I devote my time and energy to vanilla. Improving the training of new vanilla packers is especially what I like to contribute to the company. My hobby is football, where my position is the midfield. My dream is to be able to continue my studies.

Misaina Jacquenot Razakamila

My name is Misaina Jacquenot. Born in year 2000. I started working at Madagascar Spices in 2020, being my first experience in the professional world, I am trained here by the elders. My job is mainly to classify, sort and string together vanilla bundles. I would like to acquire much knowledge in the field of vanilla packaging because it a profession that is important to the economy in our region. My goal is to give my best effort so that the products of Madagascar Spices are the best. I like to play football in my spare time, where I take the right defense position. My dream is to start a family and be able to provide for them. Within ten years I hope to be able to have achieved security.

Jaonatana Fredin

My name is Jaonatana. Born in 2000, I'm one of the youngest on the team. I was a mechanic before switching profession to vanilla. I have been part of the Madagascar Spices team since 2020 and have been trained by the elders. I have always wanted to learn the skill of packaging vanilla because it's the most regular source of income in our region. To improve our products, the only thing we must maintain is our team spirit. The efficiency of the packaging team is key to good products. My hobby is football, where my position is in the defense team. My dream is to be able to realise my own projects.

Escarlis Marovavy

My name is Escarlis but everyone calls me Lilie. I started working at Madagascar Spices in 2021. This is my first job after leaving school. Vanilla is the product of our region so naturally I turn to this area. The vanilla packaging process needs experience and knowledge and I am very happy to be part of the team and gradually be trained in sorting, measuring and drying vanilla. I play football in my spare time. Right now I am concentrating on my job and maybe one day I can buy myself a house and become a homeowner.