Facilitating market access for natural ingredients for cosmetics from Colombia

October 3rd, 2019|

To support the Colombia + Competitiva (C+C) programme from Swisscontact Colombia, ProFound consultants Jolanda van Hal, Lisanne Groothuis and Gustavo Ferro are developing a roadmap for the natural ingredients for cosmetics sector in Colombia. In addition, they provide individual coaching for three projects in the C+C programme that aim to export specific natural ingredients for cosmetics; sacha inchi oil, Magdalena River nut oil and annatto extract. Our consultants spent the last few weeks in Colombia, where they organised a workshop on the European market for cosmetic ingredients for stakeholders in the Colombian sector. Moreover, they identified key challenges and opportunities in Colombian [...]

ProFound wins CBI tenders: market intelligence on cocoa and coffee sectors

June 7th, 2019|

CBI chose ProFound to conduct their new market research on the coffee and cocoa sectors. For the next four years, Lisanne Groothuis and Gustavo Ferro are investigating these sectors. The aim is to strengthen the competitive position of coffee and cocoa producers and exporters. For these studies we analyse key and emerging trade flows between producing countries and the European market. We also look at the main trends in the European coffee and cocoa sectors. Using these inputs, we carefully set out all buyer requirements and give practical tips to producers and exporters. These will help them to find European [...]

Training FTC in Bosnia in Market Analysis

June 5th, 2019|

Did you know that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has various promising products to offer to the global market? The Foreign Trade Chamber (FTC) in BiH is making sure that people around the world are aware of the opportunities that BiH has to offer. Such as its range of essential oils. ProFound, through the trade promotion programme of our partner SIPPO, supports FTC to improve services to their members. Delivery of Market Intelligence will be a new service to help FTC's members find the best match between market needs and their products. Specifically, we're supporting FTC to analyse the US market [...]

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 [...]

Re-enforcing Jatamansi trade in Nepal

October 18th, 2018|

The project “Succeeding with CITES: Sustainable and equitable Jatamansi trade from Nepal” was just launched in Kathmandu, Nepal. This project address the sustainability and legality of international trade of the medicinal plant Nardostachys grandiflora (Jatamansi). ProFound consultant Jolanda van Hal attended the launch: 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 Forests and Environment. This bodes well for our aim to develop equitable and sustainable Jatamansi trade from Nepal. At the launch, Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment, spoke [...]

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 to determine if, how and with which partners they can develop a project in the State of Palestine. Challenges for MAPs production in 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 [...]

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 the UK Government 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. 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 incomes [...]

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 [...]

Moringa trending! Read our study and join the initiative

June 28th, 2018|

Moringa: Buyers say it will be a new trend soon, and the number of commercial moringa farmers in Zambia is growing. Farmers, investors, (inter)national buyers, government institutions and NGO’s are gearing towards exporting moringa leaves, leaf powder and seed oil from Zambia to Europe. ProFound has been studying the European market for moringa for many years and assessed the situation in Zambia to determine the market opportunities for Zambian suppliers and recommend market entry strategies. The results of this study, commissioned by the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) are now available for everyone interested in the market potential of Zambian moringa. [...]

Green Rhino tackles food safety issues in Kenya with Healthy Green Choice

May 9th, 2018|

Kenyan companies face severe mistrust issues on the domestic and international markets, dating a few years back, when products were rejected by European markets despite carrying labels. European tests revealed metal and pesticides residues. ProFound’s sister company Green Rhino is accelerating its activities in Kenya. This month, Bert-Jan Ottens and James Sablerolles joined Operations Manager Stella Maina in Nairobi to further develop ‘Healthy Green Choice’ food safety solutions. "It has become clear we are looking at long-term collaboration with partners in Kenya to work on traceable and food-safe value chains. In past weeks, we established working relations with two supermarket [...]