December 2018

ProFound was asked by CBI to identify high potential product-market combinations in three natural ingredient sectors in Indonesia: seaweed, essential oils and plant extracts. Read all about it in our latest newsletter. Also get an update on our upcoming projects and our recent work: developing a story for Pakistan, the launch of the South African natural ingredients strategy in the National Development Plan and finding matches between buyers and suppliers from Tunisia, South Africa and Peru at SIAL. 

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September 2018

Get an update on Gustavo Ferro’s activities in Colombia, paving the way for cocoa producers to international markets for Colombia+Competitiva. On behalf of CBI, we analysed both the supply side in Palestine and the European market to identify opportunities and possible interventions to develop the Palestinian MAPs sector. Read our latest newsletter for the full stories and an update on our upcoming work in Q4 2018.  

July 2018

ProFound’s sister company Green Rhino is in full swing accelerating activities in Kenya working on food safety with several partners and companies. Read our latest newsletter for an update on agreements with SNV, Kirinyaga County, Mango producer Burton & Bamber/Sweetundam and Biovision Africa Trust. 

Also check our newsletter for an update of activities in Q2 and upcoming work in Q3 2018. 

March 2018

In March 2018, ProFound’s senior consultant Gustavo Ferro was conducting a Multisectoral Value Chain Analysis (VCA) in Central America for CBI’s new Export Coaching Programme (ECP). He visited six different countries to collect data for this analysis in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). The VCA covered Specialty coffee, Cacao and derivatives, Fresh fruit and vegetables, Processed fruit and vegetables, Fish and seafood. Read Gustavo’s story in this newsletter.

December 2017

Hunza Organics, one of the participants in the CBI Natural Ingredients programme in Pakistan, just passed its first inspection for FairWild certification. We are proud that Hunza Organics used our certification tool the NI-CheckApp to make the implementation of sustainable collection standards cheaper and easier.

We finalised our contribution to the World Bank’s strategy to increase local economic development in Eastern Indonesia, facilitated a buyer mission in South-East Asia for the Regional BioTrade Project with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and launched the Healthy Green Choice project in Kenya. Read more in our newsletter

October 2017

ProFound and CBI have made great progress in Northern Pakistan and received an award for work with natural ingredients from the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. We look back on our work guiding suppliers around the world: from Ethiopia, South Africa and Tunisia to Colombia and Singapore.

We are ready to pilot the NI-CheckApp with Pukka Herbs, and we look forward to continuing our work in Indonesia and on BioTrade development in Southeast Asia: check out our latest impact story!

May 2017

ProFound’s Market Potential Tool now covers both US and European market. In the trade fair season, ProFound consultants are supporting suppliers at various international fairs to enter the European market. We have even started organising the Organic Africa Pavilion at Biofach 2018.

We are also looking forward to start working in Eastern Indonesia for the World Bank and to find opportunities for Pakistani and Cambodian suppliers of value added rice products.

February 2017

In the first two months of 2017, ProFound consultants travelled to Ethiopia and Southeast Asia for various Natural Ingredients programmes.

During BioFach we provided assistance at the CBI pavilion, and we hosted 18 organic suppliers in our Organic Africa Pavilion.

November 2016

The second part of 2016 was full of important moments for ProFound. In November, we launched a new website full of our impact stories, solutions and core principles. We also won the bid for a Regional BioTrade project in South-East Asia, together with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Klaus Dürbeck Consulting. In addition, we continued our important work in designing a pilot project in Northern Pakistan focused on sustainable sourcing of high quality pine nuts.

July 2016

February 2016 marked the successful return of the Organic Africa Pavilion at Biofach 2016. Nine exhibitors from Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe presented value-added and speciality products to Biofach visitors. Read our newsletter for more information about our impact through the Organic Africa Pavilion.

December 2015

At the end of 2015, we were busy preparing for the re-emergence of the Organic Africa Pavilion at Biofach 2016, working with companies from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Ghana. ProFound builds on this concept in future years, offering several type or organisations and individual companies the opportunity to get a full service package for a successful trade fair participation.

July 2015

In the summer of 2015, ProFound celebrated its 25-year anniversary. In this year, our ASPIRE project in Ethiopia gained momentum. We have supported 11 honey processors at different trade fairs, connecting them to European buyers and creating new business relationships. In this newsletter, you can read more about our work within ASPIRE.

December 2014

In the second half of 2014, we were selected by CBI to carry out market research for seven sectors, including natural ingredients for cosmetics, vegetable oils, coffee and honey and sweeteners. In the same period, ProFound joined forces with Klaus Dürbeck Consulting, Walter de Boeck and Josef Brinckmann in a network of natural ingredients experts: IN2NI.

July 2014

In the first half of 2014, we analysed the potential of products such as fresh fruits, natural ingredients and wild botanicals in the European market for both the German Import Promotion Desk (IPD) and the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC). We dived into the world of requirements, trends and competition to find the best match between product and market.

December 2013

In the course of 2013, we expanded our activities in Morocco, in the project for the UNDP/GEF PAM. ProFound engaged with the private sector and elaborated resource management strategies for the project species. Learn more about these activities in this newsletter.

September 2013

In the first half of 2013, we expanded our activities in Latin America. ProFound consultant Gustavo Ferro went to a seminar in Colombia regarding market access for Colombian companies to Europe. In May, consultant Robbie Hogervorst guided a group of Peruvian companies and Promperu at In-Cosmetics (Paris).

December 2012

In 2012, ProFound launched the ASPIRE programme in Ethiopia, with our partners SNV, Triodos-Facet and the Ethiopian Apiculture Board. ProFound is responsible for supporting access to both domestic and export markets. Read more about the ASPIRE programme in our story on organic honey from Ethiopia.

December 2011

In 2011, ProFound welcomed two staff members from the Instituto Boliviano de Comercio Exterior (IBCE) to share knowledge and experience. Based on their experiences at our office, they can advise Bolivian exporters about their possible business relationships with European buyers. Read more about this interesting exchange in our newsletter of December 2011.

July 2011

In the first half of 2011, ProFound became a prominent service provider for the Matchmaking Facility (MMF) of NL Agency. MMF aims to stimulate business relations and strengthening the private sector in emerging market. In this newsletter, you can read more about this interesting consortium and ProFound´s input.

December 2010

In 2010, ProFound teamed up more closely with its sister-company Blue Rhino, marking ProFound and Blue Rhino’s joint ambition to contribute more to sustainable rural development in Africa.

June 2010

In the first half of 2010, we celebrated ProFound’s 20-year anniversary. We conducted market studies on sectors ranging from natural ingredients and cut flowers to household & furnishing textiles, fine-tuned our internal Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy and worked on the development of Forest Garden Products.