Ecuador

Premium natural products, experiencing nature sustainably

Natural ingredients, tropcal fruits
Ecuador is one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity worldwide, and it is also home to a wide product range. Ecuadorean exporters offer exotic rarities such as pitahaya (dragon fruit), granadilla, or tamarillo (tree tomato or Dutch eggplant), and many more delicacies that are of interest for the EU market, such as maracuja, papaya, or passion fruit.

More than 3,000 species of medicinal and aromatic plants are to be found in the Amazon rainforest. This means that Ecuador has a broad spectrum of wild herbs, herbal extracts, essential oils, alternative sweeteners, and spices to offer.

The various climatic zones of the Andes and the fertile soil in the coastal region of Ecuador provide ideal conditions for the cultivation of a huge variety of agricultural produce – such as artichokes, peanuts and almonds, or natural ingredients such as cacao.

The production of organic foods is also clearly on the increase in Ecuador. Organic farming is pursued in 23 of the country’s 24 provinces. The Ecuadorean Ministry of Agriculture promotes organic production systems and the systematic improvement of export quality.

Technical Wood

Ecuadorian companies offer high-quality products made of bamboo or plantation teak such as garden furniture, deckings or flooring. Guadua bamboo is particularly strong and robust, supplying building materials for load-bearing structures.
IPD promotes small and medium-sized enterprises which add value by processing the timber and thus create employment for the local population. The IPD supports them in launching their products into the EU market. 

Cut flowers

Ecuador is also known as the Rose Country. The climatic conditions let grow roses with strong, long stems and large flower heads. In addition to large-scale flower farms, especially small and medium-sized companies offer roses of outstanding quality.
IPD identifies reliable producers and supports them in introducing their products to the European market.

OUR PRODUCT GROUPS FROM ECUADOR

Fresh fruit and vegetables:

  • Exotic fruits, e.g. pineapple, avocado, granadilla, pitahaya (dragon fruit), maracuja, mango, grapes, malanga, passion fruit, physalis, tamarillo
  • Vegetables. e.g. broccoli, asparagus, artichokes, fresh chili, palm hearts
  • Pulses such as beans, lentils, chickpeas
  • Fresh herbs like basil, coriander etc.

Natural ingredients for foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals:

  • Dried fruit such as pitahaya, physalis, pineapple, mango, etc.
  • Herbs and spices, e.g. vanilla, chilli (several varieties of hot chilli), ginger, curcuma, pepper, cinnamon
  • Nuts like peanuts, almonds
  • Grains and cereals like amaranth, quinoa, chia
  • Vegetable oils, e.g. avocado, castor, palm oil
  • Medicinal and aromatic plants, plant extracts and essential oils, e.g. moringa, guayusa, guaiacum, lemon verbena
  • Sweeteners like panela, yacon, stevia
  • Black tea, herbal tea such as guayusa, camomile, mint etc.

Technical wood:

  • Bamboo
  • Plantation teak

Cut flowers:

  • Roses
  • Hydrangeas
  • Callas
  • Carnations etc.

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Sustainable tourism
Ecuador has a large variety of touristic attractions to offer nature lovers – walking and hiking tours in the breathtaking heights of the Andes, safaris in the Amazon jungle, or expeditions to the Galapagos Islands.

Tour operators selected by the IPD extend an invitation to discover the unique landscapes of Ecuador without putting the country’s nature at risk. Around 18 per cent of Ecuador’s land area is under conservation. The Galapagos Islands and the Sangay National Park are both UNESCO World Heritage natural sites. Sustainable tourism helps ensure that these natural heritage sites are not overstrained, and it helps preserve their biological diversity.

The IPD promotes sustainable tourism and mediates selected tour operators offering cultural and adventure travel in Ecuador to the European tourist industry. All providers have been carefully examined and have been trained on the requirements of the EU travel market.

Cultural and adventure travel IN ECUADOR

Sustainable tourism offers:

  • Cultural experience trips in the Ecuadorean cloud forest, living amongst the indigenous population and sharing in their everyday life: from milking cows to coffee production
  • Language trips with accommodation in the historic centre of Cuenca: learning Spanish in a World Cultural Heritage site
  • Individual travel offers to the natural landscapes in the Amazon region, e.g. individual wheelchair tours

GET IN TOUCH WITH US. WE WILL CONNECT YOU WITH RELIABLE TOUR OPERATORS.

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BULLETIN BOARD "ECUADOR"

Events

Trade fair in Nantes // 01.06. - 03.06.2022
 
Trade fair in Nantes // 01.06. - 03.06.2022

Carrefour International du Bois 2022

Get to know reliable companies from sustainable forestry at this unique trade fair all about wood products

At the international trade fair Carrefour du Bois 2022, IPD will focus on sustainable wood products – such as laminated wood panels made of teak, bamboo and matured timber (oak) as well as plywood made of birch or albasia. The latter is still a rather unknown wood type from Indonesia. Meet carefully selected suppliers from the IPD partner countries Ecuador, Colombia, and also Ukraine!

All companies were evaluated by the IPD. We take into account criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as the fulfillment of international standards and certifications.

Register and make an appointment with the IPD companies here.

If you want to make an appointment or have any further questions, please contact:

Frank Maul

WWW.TIMBERSHOW.COM

Virtual B2B Event // 27.06. - 01.07.2022
 
Virtual B2B Event // 27.06. - 01.07.2022

Virtual B2B Event "Organic Fresh Produce"

Fresh fruits and vegetables in organic quality from Egypt,Côte d‘Ivoire, Ecuador, Peru and Ukraine

From 27 June - 1 July 2022, IPD will introduce selected suppliers of organic produce in individual online meetings.

Wether mangoes, pineapples, bananas, melons to peas, pumpkin, sweet potato or spring onions - the range of products from developing and emerging countries is diverse. Find out more by talking directly to our exporters.

All exporters are carefully screened. We take into account criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity, as well as compliance with international standards and certifications.

Benefit from this unique opportunity to meet interesting exporters without stress and travel costs and gain these advantages:

  • You have immediate access to detailed information about the companies, growing areas, certifications, seasonal product availability and more.
  • All suppliers are familiar with online meetings, so you will get quick results.
  • Experienced IPD experts support the companies before, during and after the web conferences.

You will find all information on the exporters and their products in our detailled brochure.

For more information plaease contact:

Dorra Zairi

..Trade fair in Nuremberg // 26.07. - 29.07.2022
 
..Trade fair in Nuremberg // 26.07. - 29.07.2022

Biofach 2022

Biofach 2022 - the world's leading trade fair for organic food - will take place from 26 - 29 July 2022.

This year, the IPD will again be represented together with the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with the joint stand "Organic sourcing for development" and present carefully selected producers from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Ghana, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, among others. More than 50 companies will present their diverse organic assortment.

You will find herbs, spices and teas, pastes, essential and cold-pressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialties from the new markets.

All companies were evaluated by the IPD. We take into account criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as the fulfillment of international standards and certifications.

Take advantage of the Biofach and meet reliable exporters from our partner countries. 

Details of companies and their product range will be available in June .

For questions in advance and further information please contact us:

Maria Paula Gomez

www.biofach.de

News

Bonn/Berlin // 05.04.2022
 
Bonn/Berlin // 05.04.2022

Virtual FAM Trip to Ecuador

Import Promotion Desk invites to virtual FAM trip to the land of four worlds
A webinar introduces tour operators to exceptional tourism companies and sustainable offerings from Ecuador.

Bonn/Berlin, 05.04.2022 - The Import Promotion Desk, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, invites European tour operators to a virtual trip through the country of the four worlds. The virtual FAM Trip to Ecuador takes place on 5 May from 3.00 to 4.30 pm (CET) and explores the four different nature areas of Ecuador: the rain forest of the Amazon area, the culture and landscape of the Andean highland, the Pacific coast as well as the flora of the Galapagos islands.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 15.03.2022

Fruit Logistica 2022: Diversity from Africa

Tropical fruits, fresh herbs and a large selection of vegetables
The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) highlights the potential of trade partnerships with producers from Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Morocco

Bonn/Berlin, 15.03.2022 – The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) presents tropical fruits, fresh herbs and a large selection of vegetables – partly in organic quality – from its African partner countries at Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5th to 7th April. The producers from Egypt, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Morocco have been carefully selected by IPD experts and are certified according to international standards such as GLOBALG.A.P.

"As an import promotion initiative, we make sure that the companies in the IPD program meet the quality requirements of European buyers and can supply necessary trade volumes", says Dr Julia Bellinghausen, head of IPD. "Other good arguments for importing from Africa are its seasons, the associated strategically favourable harvest periods for fruit and vegetables, as well as short distances."

At this year's Fruit Logistica, IPD supports around 24 producers from developing and emerging countries – in addition to African exporters, also companies from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 10.11.2021

Survey among importers: Successful matchmaking through IPD

European importers appreciate the support of Import Promotion Desk (IPD) in finding suppliers and initiating business deals
Bonn/Berlin, 10.11.2021 – Sourcing, contact brokering, closing deals – Import Promotion Desk (IPD) successfully brings European importers together with producers from developing countries and emerging nations. This has been shown in a survey among importers who have worked with IPD: Almost three quarters of the respondents state that they have al-ready concluded a business deal with companies from the IPD programme. 60 percent of the importers surveyed have already included suppliers recommended by IPD with whom they have concluded a business deal in their buying portfolio. "Creating long-term trade re-lations with a sustainable effect for upcoming entrepreneurs in developing and emerging countries is the aim of IPD," says Dr Julia Bellinghausen, head of IPD.

Success stories

 
Success Story

Preparing for a new start in tourism

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is supporting the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador (MINTUR) as it prepares to
relaunch tourism in the country. In conjunction with the consulting firm Hotel Resilient, which specialises in risk and
crisis management, the health and hygiene concepts for the tourism sector have been adapted to internationally
valid standards and a concept for hygiene and safety training has been developed. In the first three months, more than
400 Ecuadorian tourism professionals have already been trained; an e-learning program has also been launched.

 
Success Story

Organic fruits from Ecuador

PRODUCER ASSOCIATION SUCCESSFULLY SPECIALISES IN ORGANIC FRUITS

Tierra Orgánica was born out of necessity, but with a clear goal: After a heavy earthquake hit the region, the producers’ assocation was established in 2017 to support small farmers through the cultivation of organic fruit. Around 67 small-scale farmers grow exotic fruits like plantains, passion fruits and pitahayas while respecting organic standards. With the support of Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the young team of Tierra Orgánica has managed to successfully export organic fruits from Ecuador to the EU market: first business deals prove the potential of the products the cooperative has to offer.

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