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Tunisian and Balkan BSOs’ steep learning curve at HI/NI trade fair Frankfurt

December 5th, 2018|

ProFound’s senior consultant Gustavo Ferro attended the Health Ingredients / Natural Ingredients trade fair in Frankfurt. He was supporting SIPPO in a series of capacity-building activities for Business Support Organisations from Tunisia and the Balkans. For example learning from orientation meetings with European buyers as well as competing suppliers and support organisations such as CBI. In addition to visiting the trade fair itself, the BSOs met with the European Spice Association (ESA) in Bonn and with the European Federation of Essential Oils to explore synergies and channels for future collaboration. Gustavo is working together with SIPPO’s external experts Teresa Hüttenhofer and Andrew [...]

Developing a Story for Pakistan

November 22nd, 2018|

Founder of ProFound Bert-Jan Ottens, visited natural ingredient companies near Lahore, Pakistan, for CBI technical assistance. He evaluated obtained practices in sustainable sourcing, value added processing, CSR, certification and marketing strategies.     "Again invigorated by so many positive encounters and dialogues these 2 weeks of training. Entrepreneurs and service providers/institutions such as Ministry of Commerce/TDAP, Inspector General of Forests, Forestry Service, FAO, Control Union; all actively participated to design strategies for sustainable sourcing & biodiversity, quality and compliance/certification. Companies are making good progress to access European markets.  I am very proud of company achievements!" - Bert-Jan Ottens   [...]

ProFound matches suppliers from Indonesia, Tunisia, South Africa and Peru to buyers at SIAL

October 26th, 2018|

7,020 companies from more than 109 countries  presented their products to food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and foodservice professionals at SIAL in Paris this week. All manner of food products, from ingredients to final private label and branded products, were show, across 21 exhibition sectors. ProFound supported SIPPO (Swiss Import Promotion Programme) with matchmaking for Indonesian, Tunisian and Peruvian companies. The Indonesian pavilion alone made more than 500 business contacts. At the fair, our expert Gustavo Ferro worked specifically with Tunisian harissa producers – engaging with European retailers and final product wholesalers to promote the product and suppliers. Robbie Hogervorst mostly worked with Indonesian producers of coconut [...]

South African natural ingredients export strategy launch

October 25th, 2018|

ProFound is proud to have been part of the launch of the South African natural ingredients export strategy 16-17 October 2018. The natural ingredients sector is a key segment of the government's re-industrialisation drive, with vital links to key economic policies such as the National Development Plan, Industrial Policy Action Plan and the New Growth Path. Economic growth needs to accelerate in a more inclusive manner and the natural ingredients sector is one sector that can achieve this. "This sector holds great potential for South Africa because the global cosmetics, health and food markets are growing, in particular for natural [...]

2 ethical organic buyers, 8 suppliers, 3 countries; Buying mission shows Biotrade potential in South East Asia

October 23rd, 2018|

ProFound senior consultant Robbie Hogervorst joined the Helvetas buyer mission to South East Asia to identify business opportunities and look at actions needed to make business happen. Traditional Medicinals met with companies from Vietnam, Laos, whereas Organic Herb Trading Company visited all three countries, including Myanmar. The main focus of the mission was indigenous spices and organically produced local varieties of commodity spices, such as turmeric and ginger. We also explored options for medicinal and aromatic plants and local herbal medicine traditions. In general there are good options for high quality products due to clean production sites for excample. Story telling opportunities are ample, with high levels [...]

Re-enforcing Jatamansi trade in Napal

October 18th, 2018|

To address the sustainability and legality of the international trade of the medicinal plant species Nardostachys Grandiflora commonly known as Jatamansi,  a new innovative project formally launched supported by the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative in Kathmandu, Nepal. ProFound consultant Jolanda van Hal attended the event to kickstart the project: Great to see the strong support in Nepal from private sector companies and governmental organisations such as the department of plant and resources and ministry of forestry and environment. Bodes well for our aim to develop equitable and sustainable jatamansi trade from Nepal Collaborators under the project include the Department of Plant [...]

Paving Colombia’s way to the international cocoa market

September 19th, 2018|

ProFound’s senior consultant Gustavo Ferro spent the last few weeks in Colombia, where he has worked in different activities of Swisscontact’s Colombia + Competitiva (C+C) programme. Gustavo is part of Swisscontact’s Swiss Expert Network (SEN), and has been advising on C+C’s specialty cocoa projects. The specialty cocoa sector in Colombia has an enormous potential to thrive. The country has a pallet of around 9 cocoa-producing regions with diverse agro-climatic and social characteristics. Colombia’s cocoa bean production reached new records in 2017, at over 60 thousand tonnes. At the moment, only around 20% of Colombia’s cocoa bean production is currently exported. [...]

Identifying opportunities in Europe for Palestinian MAPs producers

August 20th, 2018|

On behalf of CBI, ProFound recently conducted a value chain analysis (VCA) for Palestinian medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). We analysed both the supply side in Palestine and the European market to identify bottlenecks, opportunities and possible interventions to develop the Palestinian MAPs sector. CBI will use this VCA as inputs to determine if, how and with which partners they can develop a project in the State of Palestine. The State of Palestine is known for its production of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, olive oil, dates and almonds. European buyers are interested to work with Palestinian MAP producers. But [...]

Sustainable and equitable Jatamansi trade from Nepal

July 10th, 2018|

Together with our partners TRAFFIC International and ANSAB (Asia Network for Sustainable and Bioresources), ProFound has been awarded funding by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding for the project “Succeeding with CITES: Sustainable and equitable Jatamansi trade from Nepal”.  Jatamansi (Nardostachys grandiflora) only grows naturally in the Himalayan range, mainly in Nepal, India and China. The root of this plant is used in traditional medicine and its essential oil is also used in cosmetics and aromatherapy. Sustainability issues of Jatamansi Habitat loss and overexploitation of Jatamansi is leading to a degradation of the species, which poses future problems for the [...]

Central America – A Multisectoral Value Chain Analysis

July 6th, 2018|

Coffee, cacao, (fresh and processed) fruit and vegetables, as well as fish and seafood: they are a few of the most demanded products on the European food market. They are also among the most important export products for Central America. As such, many exporters in the region are still looking for opportunities and often dream of Europe as key market. Europe is perceived as an ideal destination for high-quality products and premium prices.  Also, European buyers show great interest in products from Central America: The region furnishes complex, high-altitude Arabica coffees with multiple social and ecological certifications which match European [...]