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.

Get in touch with us. We connect you to the right exporters. 

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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

Virtual trade fair // 06 - 08.10.2020
 
Virtual trade fair // 06 - 08.10.2020

in-cosmetics 2021

Get to know reliable producers of innovative ingredients!
Meet us at in-cosmetics - the meeting place for personal care ingredients.

We will inform about reliable producers, such as from Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Colombia and Ecuador.

Our companies offer new, exotic ingredients, including essential oils and emulsions - obtained from cocoa, acai, cashew nuts, and plants such as rosemary, lavender and myrtle. Many products are available in organic quality.

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

Details about our companies and their diverse product range will be available here from September.

For further information in advance please contact us:

Andreas Gemählich

Trade fair in Rimini // 07. - 09.09.2021
 
Trade fair in Rimini // 07. - 09.09.2021

Macfrut 2021

IPD presents its services for European importers at the trade fair for fresh fruit & vegetables in Rimini
- live on site and virtually

We provide European importers with carefully screened suppliers from our partner countries, including Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Colombia, Morocco, Peru and Ukraine. The companies offer a diverse range of products, including organic quality.

Importers benefit from these free services

  •  Free of charge mediation of contacts to verified exporters
  •  Fresh produce from January to December thanks to suppliers on different continents
  •  All companies meet the high requirements of the European market.

Learn more about our offer and meet us at Macfrut in Rimini.

www.machfrut.com

Trade fair // 05.10. - 07.10.2021
 
Trade fair // 05.10. - 07.10.2021

Fruit Attraction 2021

IPD exhibits at the international trade fair for fresh fruit & vegetables

After last year's Fruit Attraction was held as a digital trade fair, IPD is going to be on site again this year with its own booth.

We will introduce European importers to carefully screened suppliers from our partner countries, including Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte dÌvoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Morocco, Peru and Ukraine. The companies offer a diverse range of products, including organic quality, such as:

  • Granadillas, mangoes, papayas, pomegranates
  • Avocados, physalis, grapes, dates and various berries
  • Sweet potatoes, peas, beans, snow peas, tomatoes, onions
  • Ginger, turmeric, chives, basil etc.

All companies have been carefully selected and evaluated by IPD. Criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications were taken into account.

A detailed overview of the companies and all products will be available in September.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact us:

Linda Mense

www.fruitattraction.com

Trade fair in Cologne // 09.10. - 13.10.2021
 
Trade fair in Cologne // 09.10. - 13.10.2021

Anuga 2021

IPD exhibits at the world's largest trade fair for food and beverages in Cologne, Germany

We present carefully screened producers from selected developing and emerging countries to the European trade.

A high quality, partly unusual range of products awaits you – starting with coconut prod-ucts such as coconut blossom sugar, coconut syrup, coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut chips or coconut water from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, organic peanuts from Egypt, dried fruits from Côte d`Ivoire and specialities such as saf-fron, olive oil as well as various date products from Tunisia… only to name a few examples from the diverse assortment of our companies.

Get to know innovative products and expand your portfolio.
We will be happy to provide you with detailed information about the producers in the run-up to Anuga.

All producers were beforehandvisited by the IPD and carefully evaluated. We take into account criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications.

This way you can be assured of the product quality and the reliability of the exporters.

We network you with reliable suppliers.

Detailed information on IPD exporters and their product range will be available from September.

For any questions, please contact us:

Shakhnoza Kurbanalieva

www.anuga.de

Trade fair in Vijfhuizen // 03.11. - 05.11.2021
 
Trade fair in Vijfhuizen // 03.11. - 05.11.2021

International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) - new date!

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, the International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF Expo) - the trade fair for cut flowers and pot plants has been postponed. The new date is now 03. - 05.11.2021.

The IPD plans to be represented with an own booth at the fair to present selected cut flower exporters from South America. Their rich offer includes roses, gypsophila or chrysanthemums, cut foliage and rarities like matthiola.

Our partner countries Ecuador and Colombia offer excellent climatic conditions for the cultivation of cut flowers in different varieties and intense colors.

All suppliers have been carefully selected and evaluated by us in advance. We take into account criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as the fulfillment of international standards and certifications.

For further information please contact us

Andreas Gemählich

www.hppexhibitions.com/iftf

News

 
Bonn/Berlin // 14.04.2021

IPD presents Africa's fruit and vegetable diversity

Exporters from Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Morocco as well as from four other IPD partner countries show their high-quality product range at the virtual B2B event "Fresh Produce".
Bonn/Berlin, April 14, 2021 - Mangoes, grapes, citrus fruits, pomegranates as well as sweet potatoes, fresh herbs and sugar snap peas are part of Africa's fruit and vegetable diversity that exporters will present at the Import Promotion Desk’s (IPD) virtual B2B meetings. The offerings from Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Morocco will be a focus of the Virtual B2B Event "Fresh Produce," which runs May 10-28. In addition, the import promotion initiative will present other companies from the IPD partner countries Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Ukraine. Following the cancellation of the Fruit Logistica Special Edition, the IPD has decided at short notice to present the range of fresh fruit and vegetables from IPD partner countries in individual video meetings.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 14.04.2021

interzum 2021: Wide range of wood products from sustainable forestry

IPD present plantation teak, Guadua bamboo and classic wood-based materials from IPD partner countries
Bonn/Berlin, April 14, 2021 - The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be presenting a wide range of wood products from sustainable forestry at interzum, which this year will be held virtually from May 4 to 7. The import promotion initiative will accompany producers of plantation-grown teak and Guadua bamboo from Ecuador and Colombia, as well as Ukrainian exporters of high-quality table tops made from reclaimed oak and moulded beech wood components to this year's leading international trade fair for furniture manufacturing and interior design. "The IPD's aim is to present a diverse range of high-quality wood products and, above all, special timber species to the timber trade in Europe," says Frank Maul, expert for sourcing and markets at the IPD. "In this context, the legal and sustainable origin of the woods is a basic requirement of our commitment."

 
Bonn/Berlin // 17.02.2021

IPD presents sustainable travel offers at virtual ITB Berlin NOW!

Free services: IPD brings European tour operators together with reliable partners from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 17.02.2021 - At this year's ITB, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will present its entire tourism offer with 25 travel providers from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia for the first time. The travel offers are individual, distinct from mass tourism and particularly consider sustainability criteria. The import promotion initiative, a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has carefully selected the tourism companies and is now supporting them on their way to the European market. This year, the IPD's tourism offer is set to grow further, with the inclusion of Uzbekistan as a new partner country.

 

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.

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