Natural ingredients

The world is rich in natural ingredients.

Our contacts to producers of widely varying ingredients are correspondingly international and diverse. These exporters offer a large number of products of premium natural ingredients in organic quality.

The IPD arranges international access to the producers of the following natural ingredients for you:

  • Essential oils: 
    e.g. of chamomile, valerian, juniper berries, rhododendron and the jatamansi root
  • Saturated fats: 
    e.g. chiuri butter, Dhatelko oil, kahai oil, mango butter, sacha inchi oil, apricot kernel oil as well as saturated fats from mora or nuts (e.g. Brazil nuts, walnuts)
  • Rubber and resins: 
    e.g. rubber olibanum, rubber arabicum, turpentine, mumiyo
  • Pulses: 
    e.g. kidney and pinto beans, peas, white beans coffee and cocoa
  • Herbs and spices: 
    e.g. basil, chamomile, curcuma, nutmeg, cloves, peppermint, senna, vanilla and cinnamon as well as medicinal and aromatic plants  
  • Natural colourings: 
    e.g. amaranth, cochineal
  • Seeds and grains: 
    e.g. quinoa, amaranth, chia, oil seeds, rice
  • Tea: 
    e.g. black, green tea, white tea, tea blends
  • Processed fruit and vegetables: 
    e.g. dried, deep-frozen, pulps, concentrates, preserves 
  • Thickening and gelling agents: 
    e.g. agar agar, carrageen, konjac, tara, carob flour
  • Sweeteners: 
    e.g. coconut flower sugar, panela, syrup, honey
  • Dried fruit: 
    freeze-dried, machine-dried or sun dried
  • Nuts: 
    walnuts, cashews, almonds
  • Extracts

Your contact person

Tabea Mack (Office Bonn)

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(Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia)

Kathrin Seelige (Office Bonn)

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(Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia)

Nicky Buizer (Office Berlin)

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(Colombia, Nepal, Peru)

BULLETIN BOARD "NATURAL INGREDIENTS"

Events

Trade Fair in Frankfurt // 28. - 30.11.2017
 
Trade Fair in Frankfurt // 28. - 30.11.2017

Food Ingredients Europe 2017

Are you looking for natural ingredients with great market potential?
Visit us at in Hall 11.0 Booth C91/C93.

 
The IPD presents 18 carefully selected, marketable companies from Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia. In cooperation with the Swiss import support programme SIPPO and the Dutch CBI, the IPD is to introduce suppliers from South Africa and Pakistan for the first time in Frankfurt.

The product range is wide. High-quality oils such as Ethiopian black cumin oil, organic Sacha Inchi oil from Peru or the most exclusive prickly pear seed oil from Tunisia will be exhibited. In addition, Szechuan pepper from Nepal, dried organic herbs from Tunisia, Kyrgyz walnuts and South African medicinal plants such as the Cape Pelargonium and the natural additive guar gum flour from Pakistan and other innovative products can be found at FiE 2017.

We connect you with reliable exporters. All companies are familiar with the requirements of the European market. Individually selected according to your requirements, we arrange meetings with suitable suppliers for you. Save time and reduce your risk.

A detailed overview of the companies and products can be found here.
Make an appointment with the IPD team!

Please contact:

Kathrin Seelige

www.figlobal.com

Trade fair in Nuremberg // 14. – 17.02.2017
 
Trade fair in Nuremberg // 14. – 17.02.2017

Biofach 2018

Import Promotion Desk presents organic products from partner countries

The demand for organic produce is on the rise in Germany and Europe. At the same time, there is a great deal of untapped potential in developing and emerging nations.

The IPD brings carefully selected producers from Egypt, Indonesia, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia to the BIOFACH 2018 − the world's leading trade fair for organic food.
The companies offer a wide range of products, such as walnuts from Kyrgyzstan, prickley pear kernel oil from Tunisia, coconut sugar from Indonesia, essential oils, herbs and tea from Nepal or powder of Peruvian superfoods such as quinoa, chia and maca.
In cooperation with the “Swiss Import Promotion Programme” (SIPPO) the IPD also introduces innovative companies from South Africa and Serbia to the European market.
All exporters are equipped with the required certificates and are familiar with the demands of European trade sector. The IPD arranges contacts to the reliable suppliers directly at the trade fair.

Further information of the companies and their products will be available in January.

For any question beforehand please contact:

Tabea Mack (Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgyztan, Tunisia)

www.biofach.de

News

 
Bonn, Frankfurt // 06.11.2017

Food Ingredients Europe 2017: Specialities from emerging markets and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk introduces regional products with great market potential

Bonn, 06.11.2017 – At this year’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) exhibition, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is presenting a wide range of high quality products in collaboration with the Swiss import support programme SIPPO and the Dutch CBI. From 28 to 30 No-vember producers from Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia will showcase their regional specialities at the international food ingredients exhibition. In addition, the IPD, an initiative for import promotion, is to introduce producers from South Africa and Pakistan for the first time in Frankfurt.

 
Bonn, Munich // 25.09.2017

Prickly pear, spirulina and almond oil – plant-based cosmetics from Tunisia

IPD and CEPEX bring natural cosmetics from Tunisia to the Beauty Forum in Munich

Bonn/Munich, 25.09.2017 – At this year’s Beauty Forum, to take place from the 28th to the 29th October 2017 in Munich, Tunisia is participating with its own country pavilion for the first time. Five Tunisian companies will be presenting special care products from their region. Many of the offered cosmetics use raw materials typical to the country, such as prickly pear oil, spirulina algae and almond oil. The Tunisian pavilion is organised by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) and the Tunisian export promotion centre, Centre de Promo-tion des Exportations (CEPEX). The IPD is supporting the Tunisian companies break into the European market.

 
Bonn/Cologne // 12.09.2017

Anuga 2017: Fresh impulses from emerging markets and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk brings a broad range of specialities to Anuga

Bonn, 12.09.2017 – At Anuga, the world’s largest food industry exhibition, to be held in Cologne from 7 to 11 October 2017, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be attending with 18 producers from 7 countries. Exporters from Ethiopia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Columbia, Indonesia and Peru will be supported by the IPD in presenting their products at the exhibition. The companies offer high quality natural ingredients from their regions.

 
Bonn/Nuremberg // 13.02.2017

BIOFACH: Import Promotion Desk brings organic products to Germany

From certification to market launch of organic products – the IPD supports companies from developing and emerging nations

Bonn, February 13, 2017 – „Organic – that is the sales argument on the market for natural ingredients companies from developing and emerging nations can profit from“, says Angie Martinez from the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). As a partner for import promotion, the IPD brings organic products from developing and emerging nations to Germany: at the BIOFACH trade fair in Nuremberg, companies from Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia will present their extensive portfolio of organic products. „Experience has shown that the demand for organic produce is on the rise in Germany and Europe. At the same time, there is a great deal of untapped potential in developing and emerging nations", comments Martinez. The IPD assists companies from these countries in tapping this potential, supports them throughout the certification process and connects suppliers from developing and emerging markets with German importers.

Bonn/Frankfurt // 04.12.16
 
Bonn/Frankfurt // 04.12.16

Market potential for Kyrgyz goods

“Natural products from Central Asia” – this was the topic of the Kyrgyzstan Forum, to which invitations were issued by the IPD together with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the Kyrgyz Chamber of Commerce and Industry within the context of Health Ingredients Europe.
The podium discussion focused on the potential of Kyrgyz goods and the outlook for trade relations with local companies. After the opening speech by Kyrgyz ambassador Erines Otorbaev, representatives of the German business community and Kyrgyz companies had an animated discussion on the opportunities for Kyrgyz products on the German and European markets. The natural origin of many Kyrgyz agricultural products was considered to be a positive distinction by the participants, since it brings major opportunities in the organic sector. However, many Kyrgyz producers still lack knowledge on how agricultural goods are certified and correctly documented – and this is exactly where the IPD provides support to the producers in the form of training courses and seminars. The Kyrgyz producers particularly appreciated the fact that since the beginning of 2016 the EU has accepted Kyrgyzstan into the EU GSP+ preferences system – a regulatory instrument granting preferential customs conditions for goods from developing countries. This means a complete suspension of customs duties for Kyrgyz goods, which will facilitate exports considerably.

 
Bonn // 04.12.16

Country pavilions from Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia for the first time

Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia attracted considerable attention at the Health Ingredients Europe exhibition in Frankfurt.
For the first time they were represented with their own country pavilions which the IPD had organised in collaboration with the export promotion organisations Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in Kyrgyzstan, the Exports Department of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy and Agence de Promotion des Investissements Agricoles (APIA) in Tunisia. At Europe’s most important exhibition for natural and health ingredients, the Kyrgyz producers presented their high-quality products, such as beans, nuts, dried fruit, and berries. The Tunisians impressed buyers with organic quality vegetable oils and many products based on dates and prickly pears. Besides Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia, the IPD also brought three exporters from Nepal to the exhibition and the European buyers were particularly interested in Nepalese organic ginger and medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalayas. The exporters proved very satisfied with the around 350 contacts which the IPD was able to broker over the course of the exhibition.

 
Bonn // 22.02.2016

BioFach: Organic walnuts from the jungle

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion service provider in Germany, presented organic walnuts  from Kyrgyzstan in Germany for the first time. The products presented at the BIOFACH trade fair in Nuremberg come from the largest natural walnut forest in the world. Due to the intensive insolation in the high-altitude forests the nuts have a richer taste than the Turkish walnuts usually available. The provider, the cooperative Bio Farmer, is Fairtrade and organicquality certified, i.e. uses neither fertiliser nor pesticides on their produce.

At the BIOFACH German importers were able to try out the nuts and convince themselves of their extraordinary characteristics. Of particular interest were the so-called butterflies – undamaged walnut halves that are, for instance, used for nut mixes. German chocolate manufacturers, too, were impressed by the taste and quality of the Kyrgyz walnuts. „With this kind of structured import promotion the IPD wants to facilitate access to the German market especially for sustainably producing suppliers“, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann, head of the IPD.

In addition to the walnuts from Kyrgyzstan the IPD showcased exhibitors of prickly pear seed oil from Tunisia, coconut sugar from Indonesia, essential oils, herbs and tea from Nepal, honey from Ethiopia and superfood powders made from quinoa, chia and maca from Peru.

 
Bonn // 23.12.2015

Tunisian prickly pears in the focus of FiE 2015 in Paris

Bonn/Paris, December 2015 – Tunisian rarities such as prickly pear flour and prickly pear seed oil were presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) on the Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) trade fair 2015 in Paris. From December 1 to December 3, the import promotion service provider presented suppliers of prickly pear products at its fair booth to the trading industry. The Tunisian product portfolio was complemented by producers of essential oils made from wildly harvested rosemary and myrrh.

For the first time the IPD introduced three carefully selected companies from Tunisia to the FIE, all of which were carefully selected and briefed for the European market. One of them was the exporter „Nopal Tunisie SA“, which offers a broad range of organically grown and certified products made from prickly pear. The extract made from pressed prickly pear fruit juice, for instance, makes for a natural red-to-violet food colouring for dairy products such as yoghurt or ice cream. A gluten-free flour obtained from prickly pear kernels is an excellent baking ingredient or sauce thickener. 

The most exclusive product of the plant is prickly pear seed oil also offered by the manufacturer „Omega Tunisie“. The valuable oil is high in essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid. Due to its versatility the plant is also called the „sultan of fruit” in Tunisia. „Our presentation of such exotic specialties in particular”, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann, head of the Import Promotion Desk, “gives interested importers the opportunity to expand their product portfolio.”

 
Bonn // 25.10.2015

Anuga 2015: Import Promotion Desk (IPD) presents a range of new producers

Bonn/Cologne, October 15, 2015 – From raw sugar and fruit pulp to tea and spices – an extensive top-quality product portfolio from Colombia was presented at the 2015 Anuga trade fair by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). Four manufacturers from the South American country gathered in Cologne between October 11 and 14 to present their products and establish direct contact to German companies with the support of the import promotion service provider. The supplier Agrícola Himalaya S.A., for instance, producer of the top-selling tea brand "Hindú", presented its latest product, "Bitaco®-Unique Colombian Tea", to the German market for the very first time.

Bitaco® is a highland tea grown in a unique region – the Colombian cloud forest. Thanks to the regions predominate micro-climate and the rich soil the tea blends sweet flavours such as honey with the tang of a light sea breeze. Consisting 100 % natural ingredients, the tea has both the EU organic farming label and the UTZ Certified label. „Through its participation at Anuga, the IPD wants to make access to new markets easier especially to sustainably producing suppliers such as Agrícola Himalaya S.A.“, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann, head of the Import Promotion Desk.

Success Stories

 
Success Story

Coconut flower sugar – a niche product from Indonesia

The ambitious start-up company KULAU GmbH from Berlin has specialised in importing coconut-based products. The name of the enterprise speaks for itself: in Papua-New Guinea’s creole language Tok-Pisin, “kulau” means “young, green coconut”.

The company exclusively sells sustainable, naturally manufactured fair-trade organic products. In its selection of suppliers, KULAU adheres to the highest standards. Both in regard to product quality, good working conditions and environmentally-friendly cultivation methods at the plantations, the German importer makes high demands on its foreign partners. Professional sourcing is therefore very important to the company when it comes to locating suitable buying markets for its products in tropical countries. This is where the help of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) came in handy. The agency introduced KULAU to the suitable partner, saving the company a lot of time and money.

 
Success Story

Eezy Fruitz whets appetites for healthy nutrition

FRUITY CREATIONS FROM COLOMBIA ARE IN VOGUE

Many food-conscious consumers prefer natural, vegetarian products that are rich in nutrients. Fruity snacks, mueslis and smoothies with exotic aromas and valuable nutrients are fully in vogue,and there is a growing demand on the EU market for healthy, natural products. Traders from developing countries can also benefit from the expanding market for healthy food. The exporter SERO Colombia, one of the Import Promotion Desk’s partner companies in Colombia, is a case in point.

 
Success Story

Exotic resources for new taste sensations

The Frankfurt-based company tropextrakt specialises in importing exotic resources for the food sector. Since its foundation in 2002, the enterprise has established its reputation with the introduction of exotic niche products. tropextrakt supplies the big players of the sector with trend-setting fruit and plant products from tropical countries. The company’s success is due to the on-going search for reliable suppliers of high-quality products that meet the superior requirements of German and European clients. To that end tropextrakt has established a solid network of exporters in various countries, especially in South America, in recent years. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has now been able to furnish tropextrakt with another valuable contact by introducing the Frankfurt-based company to a highly eligible partner at the SIAL 2014 trade fair: Frugy from Colombia.

 
Success Story

Medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalaya

CO-OPERATION PROJECT BETWEEN GIZ AND IPD ENCOURAGES THE EXPANSION OF NEPALESE EXPORTS

Trade in medicinal and aromatic plants is an important source of income for the Nepalese population and makes an important contribution to the national economy. In Nepal the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are working together to support enterprises with the marketing of these highly sought-after plants. One company to benefit from this co-operation is the exporter Satya International.

 
Success Story

Organic herbs from Tunisia

HERBIOTECH’S EXPORT BUSINESS PROVIDES WORK FOR A WHOLE VILLAGE

Tunisia is an attractive procurement market for dried herbs. Yet this is a little-known fact for many German importers. Most only know of Tunisia as an important export nation for olive oil. In the Kairouan region, the exporter Herbiotech employs an entire village in the cultivation of organic herbs. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports the Tunisian trader as they introduce their premium-quality products to the EU market.

 
Success Story

Organic tea from Colombia

Many high-quality products from developing and emerging countries are in great demand on the German and European markets, but importers face major obstacles when it comes to market introduction. Inadequate knowledge of the market and lack of contacts to European trading partners impede their access to the EU market. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) helps exporters overcome these obstacles. For the Colombian export company Agrícola Himalaya S.A. the IPD has provided comprehensive advice on marketing their high-quality organically grown teas and helped in successfully matchmaking the Columbian enterprise with German importer J.T. Ronnefeldt KG.

 
Success Story

Sustainable and aromatic: Organic walnuts from Kyrgyzstan

IMPORT PROMOTION DESK OPENS THE DOOR TO THE EU MARKET FOR KYRGYZ EXPORTERS

The Kyrgyz export company Vega Plus has made the leap into the European market. In February 2017 the  company exhibited at the BIOFACH Exhibition in Nuremberg and introduced its sustainable farming products to the international specialists at the event. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) prepared Vega Plus intensely for the trade fair and also supported the company through the “last mile” with match-making. The success of the exhibition was quickly followed by the first business deal with Swiss importer Tinibaev Waldgeschenke KlG.

 
Success Story

Sustained export promotion: Coconut sugar from Java

“When we entered the export market with coconut sugar we had collaborations with 100 small farmers – today it is already over 300,” says Amir Sudjono, founder of the company PT COCO SUGAR INDONESIA with headquarters in Purwokerto on the island of Java. The Indonesian firm has been participating in the export promotion programme of the Import Promotion Desk since 2015 and has in that time developed to become an international producer and exporter.

 
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

Almond Oil in Germany

Almond Oil is a niche market in Germany but the flavour is popular so there will be continuing interest in quality almond oils. It can be found in numerous market sectors and product applications. Its use has been driven by the increasing number of natural healthcare products and demand for healthy ingredients. DC exporters can find opportunities by keeping a close watch on the relevant growth sectors in which almond oil features and forming relationships with suppliers of related products.

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Almonds in Germany

Consumption of almonds has been increasing consistently since 2010 as consumers value their health benefits. They are increasingly using them as a snack as well as in more traditional food ingredients, including marzipan,which is especially popular in Germany. Almonds are the second most frequently consumed nuts after peanuts. While the USA remains the leading supplier of almonds to Germany, reduction in supplies from other important sources such as Spain, is providing opportunities for smaller DC suppliers such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Iran.

 
Product Fact Sheet

Apricot Kernel Oil in Germany

Apricot kernel oil has limited demand in Germany, but there are a number of consumers that enjoy the distinctive flavour of this oil, not to mention its health benefits. Enjoying similar properties to almond oil, this is a more specialized product that has benefited from the growing trend in personal healthcare products. The majority of apricot kernel oil is imported. It is usually stocked by most of the leading oil processors, despite the small quantities involved. DC exporters who identify the true enthusiasts for this product will not be disappointed by their response, provided quality expectations are met.

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Apricot Kernels in Germany

The market for apricot kernels in Germany is quite small, but there are a number of loyal consumers who are prepared to pay a premium price for quality kernels. DC exporters can find opportunities despite the small size of the market. Kernels from Pakistan can command a premium price, but suppliers from Central Asia, Turkey and Iran will also find a market, particularly within some of the large resident population originally from that part of the world who are traditionally used to consuming them. There is also a wider group of consumers who buy them specifically for their perceived health benefits.

 
Product Fact Sheet

Asphaltum / Shilajit / Stone Oil

More and more European consumers are interested in non-Western health solutions. Those of an Ayurvedic tradition are often used in conjunction with wider lifestyle choices, encompassing nutrition, exercise and meditation, but products such as shilajit are also used in food supplements outside of this tradition. Cosmetics with shilajit are also marketed in Germany. The German market is less developed than the UK and especially Eastern European markets but does offer opportunities. German market entry can also take place through manufacturers in these other markets.

 
Product Fact Sheet

Canned Fruit and Vegetables in Europe (provided by CBI)

The EU is a large market for canned fruit and vegetables. In 2014, the EU imported €5.6 million tonnes of canned fruit and vegetables with a value of €6.5 billion. This product factsheet provides you with information on product specifications, statistics, trends, market channels and segments, and the competitiveness of canned fruit and vegetables in the EU processed fruit and vegetables market.

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Product Fact Sheet

Cardamom in Europe (provided by CBI)

Although the market for cardamom is relatively small, this spice is widely used in the EU. Most of the cardamom used in the EU comes from Guatemala, with smaller amounts coming from India and a few other countries. Import volumes rose by an average 9% per annum between 2010 and 2014. Smaller suppliers such as Sri Lanka, Honduras and Colombia are also increasing their exports to the EU. Suppliers that operate according to sustainable principles have an important competitive advantage in the EU market.

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Product Fact Sheet

Carrageenan in Europe (provided by CBI)

If you can guarantee the safety and sustainability of your carrageenan supplies, you will find particularly good opportunities on the European market. More than ever, European buyers are seeking to build strong trade relationships and diversify their sources. The seaweed crisis of 2008 showed them that even the mature carrageenan industry can experience severe supply shortages.

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