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.