Building our expertise for coffee and cocoa sectors

2019-11-27T16:04:56+00:00November 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

We shared earlier this year that CBI chose ProFound to conduct their new market intellingence on coffee and cocoa sectors. An essential part of our coffee and cocoa market intelligence work for CBI is to gather first-hand information through company visits and events. Visiting companies in Switzerland Lisanne Groothuis and associate consultant Gustavo Ferro went to Switzerland in November to visit companies active in coffee and cocoa sectors. Our consultants spoke with representatives of Pronatec, a sustainable sourcing company specialized in cocoa and other ingredients. They also met with micro-roaster Röstlabor, one of the pioneers in offering high-quality Robustas [...]

ProFound in South Africa – outcomes from the CBI project

2019-07-05T09:14:02+00:00July 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CBI’s Export Programme Natural Ingredients in South Africa has been concluded. ProFound has supported CBIs activities in the natural ingredients sector in South Africa since early 2014. What have we achieved on behalf of CBI in those years? First Natural Ingredients and Cosmetics Export Strategy of South Africa Stakeholders in South Africa’s natural ingredients sector were facing the same bottlenecks and leaving good opportunities untapped. However, they didn’t work together to overcome these problems. We joined up with CBI Business Support Organisation Development expert Jim Tersteeg to change this situation. Starting with bringing these stakeholders together. Making an exporter of [...]

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

2019-06-07T07:58:51+00:00June 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Kicking off the CBI-IPD-MOI natural ingredients project in Indonesia

2019-05-24T16:19:02+00:00May 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

CBI (the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries) recently launched its new export development project in Indonesia. In this project CBI cooperates with the German Import Promotion Desk (IPD) and the Indonesian Ministry of Industry. Robbie Hogervorst joined IPD and CBI's mission to launch the project. 100 companies producing and exporting essential oils, botanical extracts and seaweed extracts participated in two national workshops. During these workshops the participants learned about opportunities on the EU market and requirements to reach this market. Moreover, they heard how the project could support them to enter Europe successfully with sustainable, traceable [...]

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

2019-04-12T14:15:56+00:00December 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

2019-04-12T14:17:23+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , |

Founder of ProFound Bert-Jan Ottens visited natural ingredient companies near Lahore, Pakistan, for CBI technical assistance. He evaluated the companies' 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 Our IN2NI [...]

Launch of South Africa’s Natural Ingredients Export Strategy

2019-03-01T14:34:46+00:00October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Identifying opportunities in Europe for Palestinian MAPs producers

2019-03-28T11:45:30+00:00August 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

South African and Pakistani suppliers at Vitafoods: 46 potential orders

2019-07-05T08:59:19+00:00May 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The results of the CBI pavilion at Vitafoods 2018 made it clear: Vitafoods continues to lead when it comes to ingredients for healthy foods, food supplements and herbal medicine. The fair held 7-9 May in Geneva received 1,100 exhibitors across different ingredient categories and 21,000 corporate visitors. The show is on the frontline of emerging industry trends: the convergence between food and pharma, new ingredients, new delivery systems and the emergence of personalised nutrition. The 6 participants from South Africa and Pakistan made 350 high-quality business contacts resulting in 8 fixed orders and 46 potential orders. This was their last CBI-supported participation. [...]

Gustavo Ferro on mission in Central America: 6 countries, 5 sectors, 5 weeks

2019-03-28T11:45:08+00:00March 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ProFound’s senior consultant Gustavo Ferro is currently conducting a Multisectoral Value Chain Analysis (VCA) in Central America for CBI’s new Export Coaching Programme (ECP). He visits six different countries to collect data for this analysis, in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). In each country, Gustavo and CATIE’s experts are engaging with SMEs and sector organisations. These provide their views and experiences on the following sectors: Specialty coffee Cacao and derivatives Fresh fruit and vegetables Processed fruit and vegetables Fish and seafood We are identifying the main constraints and opportunities for sustainable export growth from SMEs [...]