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Natural resources from the most beautiful end of the world


South Africa is home to one of the world's six floral kingdoms - the Fynbos. More than 9,000 plant species thrive in this unique floral region. Many of them can only be found here.

Natural ingredients - South Africa's ecological treasures

Fynbos is therefore an unrivalled source of natural ingredients based on endemic plants. Many of these plants have unique flavours, aromas and health-promoting properties that are used in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries:

  • herbs and spices, including Cape basil or Cape mallow,
  • well-known plants such as buchu, honeybush and rooibos, whose leaves are used for tea,
  • fruits and berries, for example from the marula or baobab tree, which can be processed into powder and used in smoothies or juices,
  • plants for essential oils and flavourings, including teatree oil, Cape aloe, buchu oil and Cape rose geranium
  • nuts such as macadamia.

IPD has identified small and medium-sized producers of natural ingredients who are committed to high quality standards in growing, harvesting and processing, They work without the use of pesticides and chemicals.

Cut flowers from the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom

The Fynbos region also has many unusual and exotic flowers with unique shapes, colours and textures, such as

  • Protea
  • Leucadendron and Leucosprermum 
  • Brunia, but also kangaroo paws and many others.

The harvest season for South African flowers, such as proteas, coincides with the European autumn and winter months, ensuring that the demand for cut flowers during this period can be optimally met by the South African supply.

Many South African growers are focusing on the production of new, highly exclusive flower varieties bred from endemic wild varieties. They are relying on innovative technologies and growing methods, such as automated irrigation systems and digital monitoring technologies.

IPD puts you in touch with new flower growers who previously only offered their products via intermediaries.

What else you need to know: South Africa is committed to sustainability through Access & Benefit Sharing (ABS). For you as a buyer, this means that access to the unique plants of the fynbos is legally protected and sustainability standards are met. This ensures transparency in the supply chain.

IPD puts you in touch with reliable suppliers of natural ingredients or cut flowers. Benefit from direct trade with our producers.

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So take advantage of our pre-selection and screening of South African companies.

Your benefits

  • Suppliers thoroughly qualified by IPD
  • Producers who know and meet the requirements of the EU market 
  • Free contact mediation to reliable trade partners

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Cut flowers

The South African flora impresses with beautiful flowers such as Proteas, Lucadendron, Leucosprermum and Brunia.

A selection of different spices is presented on spoons

Natural ingredients

The IPD producers from South Africa supply natural ingredients such as rooibos and honeybush tea, nuts, dried fruit, essential oils and cosmetic ingredients, which are in high demand.

We connect you to your new business partners. 

We will be happy to provide you with comprehensive information about our diverse range of offers from South Africa.

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Your contact for South Africa
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Dr. Andreas Gemählich

Expert Sourcing + Markets

Cut flowers (Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya, South Africa)

María Paula Gómez

Expert Sourcing + Markets

Natural ingredients (Colombia, Ecuador, South Africa)