Get To Know NEI – Jeanne

After spending the last few years in Thailand and Myanmar working on social enterprises Jeanne joined our team as the VP, Business Development driving the strategy to build the Epicurious Hedgehog brand in East and South Africa.  She brings experience from years of working at startups in US technology companies.

“What I love most about my job is meeting the farmers and their families and seeing the impact of a sustainable business model that respects both people and the earth.”

When she’s not in the office she can be found exploring the vast ecosystem that surrounds Kilimanjaro and getting out on game drives to see the animals in their natural habitat.  Her favorite African animal?  The warthog because they have such quirky personalities.

La Meilleure Façon de Voyager…

…est encore de goûter!

NEI est ravi d’avoir Ingrédients du Monde comme l’un de nos distributeurs! Ils sont une boutique sur internet qui vend toutes sortes d’ingrédients pour cuisiner. Ils distribue les saveurs internationales depuis 24 ans, particulièrement en France, en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas.

Vous rêvez de déambuler dans les rues d’Italie? Commande huile d’olive!

Désire voir le lever du soleil au sommet de la montagne Kilimanjaro? Tu peux acheter de la vanille que vient des pentes de Kilimanjaro!

Votre rêve à vous est de flâner le long de la Grande Muraille de Chine? Chinese 5 spice peut facilement être ton d’Ingrédients du Monde.

Ils ont tellement de choix!

Parfois essayer un nouveau style de cuisine est intimidant, comme voyager au quelque place nouveau, MAIS vous devez commencer quelque part. Alors, nous vous encourage à regarder Ingrédients du Monde.

Easiest way to travel?


NEI is excited to welcome  Ingrédients du Monde to our distribution family! They are an online store that sells premium cooking ingredients from all around the world, and now they carry our premium Tanzanian vanilla as well! They have been distributing international flavours for 24 years, focusing in France, Netherlands and Belgium.

Feel like walking the streets of Italy? Order high-quality olive oil to your home!

Want to see the sun rise from the top of mount Kilimanjaro? You can get premium vanilla, grown on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, sent to your house!

Dream of running on the Great Wall of China? Chinese 5 spice can easily be yours from Ingrédients du Monde!

They have lots of products to choose from!


Sometimes trying a new style of cooking can be as daunting as travelling to a new place, but you need to start somewhere, we encourage to check out Ingrédients du Monde!

New Faces at NEI

As we grow and build the company at Natural Extracts Industries, Ltd. we are thrilled to welcome back one of the founders, Juan Guardado, as the new Managing Director.  In 2016 we doubled the sales income at NEI and plan to again in 2017 double our income as more farmers join our network.

Juan has been passionate about empowering the farmers and building a sustainable vanilla supply chain in Tanzania.  He brings a background working in management consulting and microfinance which will take Natural Extracts Industries to the next level.
It will come as no surprise that his favourite animal is a hedgehog because it was the inspiration behind the Epicurious Hedgehog brand that is spreading worldwide.

We are excited for the opportunity to work more closely with Juan and be a part of the company’s evolution under his direction!


Hedgehog in the Kitchen

In case you haven’t gotten enough of holiday baking here is another recipe! This one is great because the orange lightens the flavour of the cookie, which is nice after heavy flavours of the holiday season. Enjoy!!

Yummy Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies! 

Ingredients: Yields 4 dozen

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Epicurious Hedgehog vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons Epicurious Hedgehog orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Beat in vanilla, orange extract and orange zest until well combined. Gradually add flour mixture to the sugar mixture at low speed, beating just until incorporated.

Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Drop tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until outside is crackly but the center is still moist, about 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

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