Fresh fruit and vegetables

Top quality. Defined standards. They stand for enjoyment of fresh fruit and vegetables.

One of the most important European standards for safe, sustainable production and high food safety is the GlobalG.A.P.

Thanks to its extensive sourcing the IPD guarantees that every selected supplier complies with the GlobalG.A.P. standard. We assist promising producers in obtaining corresponding certification, paving their way to the European market for premium quality, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Products grown organically as well as conventionally count as fresh fruit and vegetables for the IPD, specifically:

  • Fresh fruit (fruit from temperate zones): 
    e.g. berries, melons, stone fruits, grapes and citrus fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
    e.g. young vegetables, beans, peas, sugar snap peas, artichokes, ginger, fresh turmeric, fruit vegetables, broccoli and onions
  • Fresh herbs
    e.g. basil, coriander, marjoram, melissa, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, chives and thyme
  • Sub-tropical and tropical fruit (exotic fruit): 
    e.g. pineapples, avocados, bananas, cherimoya, dates, guava, pomegranates, persimmons; prickly pears, coconuts, mangoes, passion fruits, papayas, physalis and dragon fruits.

Your contact person

Linda Mense (Berlin)

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Expert
Sourcing + Markets
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
(Egypt, Ethiopia, Peru, Ukraine)
 

Daniel Oppermann (Berlin)

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Expert
Sourcing + Markets
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
(Colombia, Ecuador)
 

Thomas Derstadt (Bonn)

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Sourcing + Markets
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
(Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana)
Technical Wood (Ecuador, Peru)

BULLETIN BOARD »FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES«

Events

Virtual trade fair // 18.01. - 22.01.2021
 
Virtual trade fair // 18.01. - 22.01.2021

IGW Professional 2021 - IPD adds matchmaking event

The International Green Week - IGW Professional 2021 - will take place from 20 to 21 January 2021 exclusively as a virtual trade fair. The organizers are moving exchange, discussion and knowledge transfer around the topics of agriculture and food industry to a virtual platform

IPD now complements the digital range of IGW with a virtual matchmaking event in order to presentselected exporters from the African partner countries again this year. Under the motto "Made in Africa - Marketplace for Foods", from 18 - 22 January IPD presents together with the Afrika Verein e.V. selected producers from 7 African countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Benin, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, South Africa and Tunisia.
German and European importers can get in touch with the companies in individual online meetings and find out about the wide range of products on offer, from fresh fruit and vegetables to herbs, spices, beans, oils, nuts and dried fruit.

All companies have been carefully selected for the event and are prepared for export to Europe and familiar with online meetings.  

In addition, IPD and Afrika-Verein are organizing a virtual forum from 20-21 January with lectures, presentations and discussions on current topics such as EU-Africa policy, opportunities for development partnerships and corporate social responsibility.

Use the IPD virtual B2B event for your sourcing and network directly with selected suppliers from Africa.

Get more information here.

For questions in advance please contact:

Laura Schiefer

www.greunewoche.de

Virtual trade fair // 17. - 19.02.2021
 
Virtual trade fair // 17. - 19.02.2021

Biofach 2021 eSpecial

Biofach 2021 - the world's leading trade fair for organic food - will take place from 17 - 19 February 2021 completely digital. With this decision, the organizer, NürnbergMesse, is responding to the altered circumstances of the dynamically evolving pandemic and at the same time, it provides importers and exporters with planning security in good time.

The Biofach eSpecial includes a virtual offer, which provides company and product presentations as well as innovative networking formats. An integral part of the eSpecial are sophisticated matchmaking functions.
IPD also makes use of this virtual offer and will present carefully selected producers from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Ghana, Ecuador, Egypt and Sri Lanka at the Biofach eSpecial.
Our suppliers offer a diverse organic range. You will find e.g. 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 visited and tested by the IPD even before the pandemic. 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 eSpecial and make online contact with reliable exporters from our partner countries. 

Details of companies and their product range will be available from December.

For questions in advance and further information please contact us:

Maria Paula Gomez

www.biofach.de

 
Buying missions // Dates on request

Buying missions – individually organised to your requirements

Lower your sourcing costs!

Are you looking for a specific product? And you don’t know yet from where, from whom?
You are interested in importing products from Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Peru, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia or Tunisia? But you lack contacts to suitable exporters?
Finding reliable suppliers takes time and costs money.

The IPD supports you to reduce this effort andopens up new foreign supply sources.
We organize buying missions individually arranged for you – fully tailored to your needs.

You tell us your demands. We identify suitable exporters in our partner countries and
arrange – in consultation with you –  visits to carefully selected companies.

All suppliers are visited by us in advance and evaluated according to strict criteria, including product quality, export capacities, compliance with international standards and certifications etc.  

Your benefits:
•    Direct contact to thoroughly tested exporters – selected according to your requirements
•    Inspection of product quality and production conditions directly on the spot.
•    Tailored-made b2b meetings.

Take advantage of our offer. Save time and reduce your risk!
We look forward to providing you with detailed information about our services.

Get in touch with us!

News

 
Bonn // 24.11.2020

Opportunity for foreign trade: opening up new supply markets virtually

Import Promotion Desk supports companies with virtual fairs and B2B meetings

Bonn/Berlin, 24.11.2020 – The corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: contact restrictions make international trade relations and the search for new products and reliable suppliers more difficult. Many of the international trade fairs that serve as important contact exchanges have been postponed. Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has developed a variety of online services to continue its work. In virtual meetings and trade fairs, IPD experts support German and European companies in opening up new supply markets and connect them with selected producers from developing countries and emerging nations.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 15.01.2020

Fruit Logistica 2020: Pitahayas, Physalis & Co. - Ecuador convinces with fruity variety

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Ecuador and seven more partner countries at the international trade fair for fruits and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 16.01.2020 – Ecuador is known for its biodiversity and offers a wide range of tropical fruits. The South American country lives up to its reputation at this year's Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5. to 7. of February. With bananas, pineapples, pitahayas, physalis and passionfruit, the exhibitors present a richly filled fruit basket (Hall
21 Booth B‐06). Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German initiative for import promotion, has been supporting the partner country of this year's Fruit Logistica for two years now, and
accompanies producers to the European market. This year the IPD brings six companies from Ecuador to the international trade fair. In total, over 40 companies from eight IPD partner countries ‐ from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Côte d`Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Peru and the Ukraine ‐ will present their range of fresh fruits and vegetables in Berlin.

 
Bonn/ Madrid // 17.09.2019

Large range of organic products from IPD countries at Fruit Attraction

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) focuses on organic products: Tropical fruits and high-quality vegetables and herbs from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 17 September 2019 - The demand for organic quality in the fruit and vegetable sector is growing steadily. Experts expect an annual increase of 9 percent each over the next five years (study "Global Organic Fruits and Vegetables Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast" by the market research company Research and Markets). The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) takes advantage of this trend and supports companies from developing and emerging countries in the certification and marketing of organic products. At this year's Fruit Attraction, which will take place from 22 to 24 October in Madrid, the partner for import promotion will place a special focus on the organic segment from South America and Africa. (Hall 4, Booth E07)

Success Stories

 
Success Story

Ethiopian Union of Cooperatives - ready for export to Europe

The Union of Cooperatives Meki Batu from Ethiopia is to exhibit for the first time at Berlin’s “Fruit Logistica”
in February 2017. For two years, the Import Promotion Desk has been working intensely with the union – which
comprises over 8,000 Ethiopian farmers – to prepare them for the exhibition debut. For Meki Batu Union, participating in the exhibition is a decisive step in their strategic plan to enter the German and European markets and establish long-term trade relations.

 
Success Story

Fresh fruit & vegetables from Egypt

IPD successfully prepares young enterprise for the EU market

Creatick Pro was launched in 2017 with a lot of enthusiasm and a high-quality product range. Although their range was tailored for the EU market, a marketing strategy and contact to European partners were lacking. Creatick joined the IPD programme in autumn 2019, and the Egyptian enterprise is now rapidly conquering the European market.

 
Success Story

Success for organic products from Ethiopia on the EU market

IPD procures new trade partner for the Ethiopian exporter GreenPath Food

GreenPath Food is Ethiopia’s first – and, up until now, its only – certified EU-organic producer and exporter organisation in the fruit and vegetable sector. Import Promotion Desk (IPD) added the company to its export promotion programme in 2017. With support of IPD, GreenPath Food was able to raise awareness for its products at European trade fairs and to establish successful trade relations. For two years now, they have been in close cooperation with the Hamburg-based import organisation ElbeFruit Europe, which markets EU-organically certified avocados, vegetables and fresh herbs from GreenPath Food in German-speaking countries. Their cooperation in the organic trade sector opens up new opportunities for both partners.

 
Success Story

The IPD supports German importers in their search for super fruits

Klaus Böcker GmbH is an importer of exotic fruit products. Its portfolio comprises fruit juice, paste and concentrate from more than 500 kinds of fruit in more than 500 specifications. To continually expand its range of products, the company is always on the look-out for new suppliers. For this reason, Klaus Böcker GmbH turned to the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) – and made a catch: The IPD provided the German importer with a new trade partner in Egypt.

Product Fact Sheets

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Avocado in Germany

Exporters from developing countries (DCs) can profit from the growing German imports of fresh avocados. Good opportunities exist for ready-to-eat avocados. Additionally, DC exporters can differentiate themselves on the market with organic certification.

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Baby vegetables in Germany

Consumer demand for fresh vegetables, combined with trends for convenience, consumer experience and innovation, has led to a new segment for luxury fresh vegetables: baby vegetables. The German market offers opportunities for baby carrots (as a snack), baby courgettes (used in Mediterranean cuisine) and baby corn (for Asian stir-fry dishes).

 
Product Fact Sheet

Beans and pulses in Germany

Beans and pulses are among commonly eaten vegetables in Germany. Try to add value to these commodity products to differentiate yourself on the market, for example with storytelling and employing social and environmental practices. Target the German market in the long off-season in European production (October – June).

 
Product Fact Sheet

Berries in Europe (provided by CBI)

Imports of fresh berries into the European market from developing countries have doubled over the past five years. Berries are increasingly offered as a convenient and healthy snack, seducing shoppers into buying them. Although many berries are grown in Europe itself, demand is much higher than European production and imports from developing countries are filling in the gap.

Read full document on CBI.eu

 

Sector information

Fresh fruit & vegetables: Calender
 
Fresh fruit & vegetables: Calender

Seasonal Calendar: Fresh fruit and and vegetables

Which fruits and vegetables are in season in which country?
Which products are available in the IPD partner countries?  
Inform yourself!

 
Guide

IPD Guide on successful trade fair participation

A survey conducted among business leaders in Germany revealed that 86% of all of them consider trade fairs as one of the most important tools in the sourcing and procurement process.1 For a simple reason: business is done between humans. People want to meet each other, see each other and get to know each other. Especially in a world that is characterised by growing digitalisation, real-life experiences make the difference.

Participation at a foreign trade fair is a not all that difficult. However, it requires good planning and meticulous execution. Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), planning a participation at a foreign trade fair may be a daunting task.
This guide is intended to help SMEs approach this task successfully.

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