In this article, we want to introduce you to Baobab products Mozambique, producer of baobab powder, who will be co-exhibiting at BioFach 2022. BioFach will take place in Nuremberg Germany from the 26nd to the 29th of July this year.
About Baobab Products Mozambique
Baobab Products Mozambique Ltd (BPM) is registered in Mozambique and based in Chimoio, Manica Province. It was set up by Eco-MICAIA Ltd (www.micaia.org), a social enterprise working to create market opportunities for smallholders and primary producers.
BPM was established in 2015 to provide women baobab collectors with a better, fairer market for their fruit. In the last seven years, BPM has grown to become one of the bigger suppliers of organic certified baobab fruit powder in southern Africa.
BPM strives to implement quality control measures at every stage of the supply chain, operating within a HACCP and GMP framework. They set the most rigorous standards for their powder profile and test every batch in European laboratories. Tests cover standard micro-biological mold and yeast parameters, aflatoxins, heavy metals, and pesticides.
Alongside their commitment to providing a quality product is a determination to offer excellent value – based on a competitive price and a serious commitment to social and environmental investments in their suppliers and their communities.
Their business model is focused almost entirely on bulk exports. They seek to build long-term relations with distributor partners who share their commitment to ethical BioTrade principles. They also sell organic baobab powder in the Mozambican national market, both in retail packs and to juice and food product manufacturers.
BPM is a truly inclusive business. Eco-MICAIA set aside 20% of the shares in BPM for the women Baobab harvesters. BPM and MICAIA work together to help the harvesters play an active role in the planning and running of their company, and ultimately share in its success. The Collectors are now represented by a nationally registered Association
BPM is also an environmentally sustainable business, committed to sustainable harvesting and natural resource management, and running their Company to the highest environmentally sustainable standards?
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About baobab fruit powder
BPM’s baobab fruit powder is 100% natural and raw, gluten-free and suitable for vegans. It is certified organic by Ecocert. In appearance, the powder is a fine, off white to deep cream colour. It is naturally dry and BPM has a maximum level of 12% moisture. The powder has a pleasant lightly citric taste, and a slightly sour aroma with a hint of caramel.
The baobab powder is processed in purpose-built milling equipment and sieved through fine mesh sieves.
They pack in 20Kg plastic-lined woven polypropylene sacks that are certified to comply with EU standards on packaging.
BPM also has its own range of retail packs, marketed as BaoVita. Packs are available in 150gm and 350gm bio-degradable Kraft paper pouches. While these products are currently marketed only in Mozambique, BPM is looking for distributors in the SADC region (labels are available in English).
BPM gained organic certification (by EcoCert) in 2016 and began exporting baobab powder later that year. In 2020, BPM bought and processed nearly 600 tons of organic certified baobab fruit, sufficient to produce approximately 60 tons of baobab powder. Their main collecting zone is one of Africa’s most extensive areas of baobab trees, and they have sufficient potential local supply to produce more than 100 tons of powder annually.
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