There was more evidence of the global rise in the profile of kava recently when an International Kava Conference was announced for March this year.
This will bring together policy makers, regulators, administrators, kava farmers, exporters and others involved in the Kava industry around the South Pacific, and will be held in Vanuatu.
The conference is part of ongoing efforts by the Embassy of Vanuatu in Brussels to ease kava back into the EU market environment, following the bans and uncertainties between 2002 and 2014 (which have since been overturned).
The conference will back up the work done on the EU-commissioned Kava Study, which was conducted throughout 2015. This has helped to establish a recognised and systematic international and science-based Kava standard for the first time.
New laws and regulations in the Kava industry are getting closer. But at Taki Mai, we took matters into our own hands a while ago by establishing our own elite kava nurseries on Ovalau; and we exclusively use only the highest quality kava in our shots, powder, and tablets.