Natural ingredients

Europe wants it natural.

The demand in Europe for natural food ingredients is higher than ever before. Consumers pay increasing attention to what they eat and thus choose products whose ingredients are the most natural. As a consequence, a growing number of artificial ingredients are being substituted by natural ones. 

Legislation is also supporting this trend towards natural ingredients. Just one example among many: several European governments have decided to drastically reduce the sugar content of processed foods over the next few years. Sugar will have to be replaced by other less harmful sweeteners.

And let’s not forget the mega-trend towards organic food. Ingredients added to these eco-friendly products during further processing must also be approved if the final product is to remain organic. 

Your ingredients in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.

Whether it be oils, tea, aromas, colorants, sweeteners or many other products – your natural ingredients are now in high demand in Europe. And this applies not only to the food industry, but also the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors. The German market for natural cosmetics, for instance, is expanding by almost 10 percent every year. Today, one out of five German households purchase natural cosmetic and skincare products – and the numbers are still rising.

So take your natural ingredients to where they are particularly sought after. The IPD will support you.

The IPD includes the following under natural ingredients :

  • Essential oils: 
    e.g. of chamomile, valerian, juniper berries, rhododendron and the jatamansi root.
  • Fatty oils: 
    e.g. chiuri butter, Dhatelo oil, kahai oil, mango butter, sacha inchi oil, moringa oil, apricot kernel oil as well as saturated fats from 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, ginger, 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.
  • Coffee and cocoa
  • Tea: 
    e.g. black, green and white tea, tea blends.
  • Processed fruit and vegetables: 
    e.g. dried, freeze-dried, deep-frozen/individual quick frozen (IQF), pulps, concentrates, preserves.
  • Thickening and gelling agents: 
    e.g. agar agar, carrageen, konjac, tara, carob flour, rice starch.
  • Sweeteners: 
    e.g. coconut flower sugar, panela, date syrup, honey.
  • Dried fruit: 
    freeze-dried, machine-dried or sun-dried.
  • Nuts: 
    e.g. walnuts, cashews, almonds, macadamia.
  • Extracts
    e.g. vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, tea, various fruits.

Your contact person

Tabea Mack (Office Bonn)

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Angie Martinez (Office Berlin)

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Kathrin Seelige (Office Bonn)

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Nicky Buizer (Office Berlin)

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News

Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019
 
Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019

BIOFACH 2019: Exotic herbs, spices and oils

Import Promotion Desk supports organic producers from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 22.01.2019 – Coriander and Sesame oil from Egypt, cinnamon and coconut oil from Indonesia, ginger and Jatamansi oil from Nepal – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) brings a wide range of exotic herbs, spices and oils to BIOFACH 2019. Around 40 companies from 12 countries will showcase their diverse range of organic products at the world´s largest trade fair for organic food with the support of the German partner of im-port promotion, which takes place from 13 to 16 February in Nuremberg. The products include herbs, spices and teas, essential and cold-pressed oils. In addition, the exporters will be presenting the regional specialties in organic quality at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Stand 4 | 4-561) and at the respective national pavilions.

 
Bonn // 25.07.2018

IPD intensifies activities for sustainable economic development

German import promotion initiative is now active in 13 countries and 5 sectors

Bonn/Berlin, 25.07.2018 – Since 2012, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has assisted small-to-medium-sized enterprises in selected developing and emerging counties to ac-cess the European market. In its third project phase, the IPD expands activities to 13 partner countries and five sectors. The IPD supports export companies on the so-called "last mile"– it accompanies producers to the European market, arranges contacts with importers, thereby closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade.

Events

Trade fair in Cologne/Germany // 05.10. - 09.10.2019
 
Trade fair in Cologne/Germany // 05.10. - 09.10.2019

Anuga 2019

Tap into the European market and make contacts.

Anuga – the world’s leading trade fair for the food and beverage industry.
This trade fair is the platform with around 7,400 exhibitors from more than 100 countries. It brings together over 165,000 trade visitors from 198 countries.

On Anuga, exporters get the opportunity to present their products so comprehensively in such a short period of time, win new clients and sales partners and get to know the latest European trends.

IPD will present promising suppliers from selected partner countries. From dried herbs over frozen fruit and vegetables to oils and teas – the exporters bring an extensive top-quality product range to Europe.

All exporters presented are carefully prepared by the IPD. Thus ensuring they are equipped with the required certificates for the European market and are familiar with the demands of the European trade sector. Immediately before and during the fair the IPD will offer practical support for the exhibition, including e.g. compilation of current market information, guidance on stand decoration, sales training for successful communication with potential customers.

Through targeted matchmaking, the IPD will network these exporters with the right importers in the EU, arranging initial contacts before the fair, organizing and accompanying b2b meetings during the exhibition and supporting the follow-up after the fair is over.

Are you an exporter based in one of our partner countries? And would you like to present your products at international exhibitions in Europe?

To enter the selection process, please contact us.

Tabea Mack

www.anuga.com

Trade fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019
 
Trade fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019

Food Ingredients Europe 2019

Establishing contacts
Fi Europe & NI - the leading global event for supplements, nutraceuticals and functional food & beverages solutions – attracts a worldwide audience across the full spectrum of industry stakeholders responsible for the specification and development of new nutritional applications.

On the FiE 2019, the IPD will again support well-prepared export companies from selected partner countries at this international trade fair. They get the opportunity to exhibit their diverse range of products to the European market, win new clients and get to know the latest European trends.

All exporters presented are carefully prepared by the IPD. Thus ensuring they are equipped with the required certificates for the European market and are familiar with the demands of the European trade sector.

Immediately before and during the fair the IPD will offer practical support for the exhibition, including e.g. compilation of current market information, guidance on stand decoration, sales training for successful communication with potential customers.

Through targeted matchmaking, the IPD will network these exporters with the right importers in the EU, arranging initial contacts before the fair, organizing and accompanying b2b meetings during the exhibition and supporting the follow-up after the fair is over.

Are you an exporter based in one of our partner countries? And would you like to present your products at international exhibitions in Europe? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

Kathrin Seelige

www.figlobal.com

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

Palm Oil Alternatives in Europe

Developing country producers who can offer palm oil alternatives at a low price and high volume have an opportunity to sell them on the European market. Consumers are increasingly demanding palm-oil-free cosmetic and food products, due to the negative environmental impact of palm oil production.

Read full document on CBI.eu

 
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
 
Product Fact Sheet

Coconut Water in Germany

As a new product, competition for coconut water is fairly low on the German market. As such, it offers great potential for German beverage manufacturers to diversify their products on the market. Certifications, particularly organic certification, can be used to add value to coconut water. Suitable preservation of coconut water is key to retaining its sought-after characteristics. This Product Factsheet will focus on the trade of coconut water for industrial use, which is sold in a B2B context.

For information on the export of coconut water to Europe visit CBI.eu

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Dried Apricots in Germany

Consumption of dried fruit in Germany is about 0.75 kg per capita per annum. This equates to a market volume approaching 40,000 tonnes, worth over S 210 million. Dried apricots account for close to 20% of this large market. The market is driven by the consumption of snacks, underpinned by the growing demand for natural food with no flavourings. Further stimulus comes from innovation in the market, new packaging formats, recipes featuring dried apricots and new products featuring dried apricots in food sectors such as confectionery and bakery. Turkey is the leading supplier, but other exporters from Central Asia are increasingly finding opportunities.

Success Stories

 
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

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.

 
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

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

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.

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