We are hiring: Junior Consultant Communication & B2B Marketing

2020-07-01T08:56:00+00:00July 1st, 2020|Tags: , |

Do you share a passion for natural products and are you a hands-on team player? Then we might be looking for you! Who we are From its beginnings in 1990 as a pioneer in trade promotion of natural ingredients and green products, ProFound has grown into a team of seasoned experts in developing sustainable value chains for Natural Ingredients for Food, Cosmetics and Health products in particular. ProFound assists companies in emerging markets to capture economic opportunities from source to market entry. Read more about ProFound's mission here. Every year ProFound organises the Organic Africa Pavilion at the BioFach [Read more]

Biofach 2020 – Organic Africa Pavilion

2020-03-04T16:23:52+00:00February 26th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

During BioFach 2020, the Organic Africa Pavilion hosted 22 companies and organisations representing more than 17 African countries. We are very happy that our exhibitors evaluated two thirds of our their business leads as important. In addition, ProFound has been very busy during the fair, and not only at the Organic Africa Pavilion. “I have been to BioFach before just as a visitor, but I have to say that this is 20 times better because totally unexpected people can find you.”  Hilary Sommerlatte, Arbor Oils of Africa, exhibitor from Kenya / Frankincense oil A lot of interest for African products [Read more]

Essential oils, medicinal plants & herbal teas: meet the entrepreneurs of the Organic Africa Pavilion 2020

2020-06-26T10:28:29+00:00January 14th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Come to smell and experience the rich biodiversity of the African continent at the Organic Africa Pavilion 2020 (BioFach*, Hall 3A - 320 & 322). Our exhibitors offer many types of products ranging from botanical raw materials and extracts to essential oils and teas. Essential oils and botanicals at the Organic Africa Pavilion provide opportunities to respond to consumer needs for natural cosmetics and foods and beverages with a powerful story on their origin. Essential oils at the pavilion: The essential oils at the pavilion give a unique fragrance to many perfumes, soaps, creams and other cosmetics. To name [Read more]

Spices & other food ingredients: meet the entrepreneurs on the Organic Africa Pavilion 2020

2020-06-26T10:25:09+00:00January 14th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Come taste the rich biodiversity of the African continent at the Organic Africa Pavilion 2020 (BioFach*, Hall 3A - 320 & 322). The pavilion will host exhibitors with a wide variety of ingredients such as; Gum Acacia (Instant Powder and 100% spray), Honey, Bourbon Vanilla pods, Vanilla for industrial use, cocoa beans, cassava and chia seeds. Some of the products at the pavilion: Vanilla is one of the most popular spices in the world and an important ingredient in many products. The exotic Comoros Islands east of Africa have traditionally been an important source of high-quality vanilla to satisfy [Read more]

Fruits and vegetables: meet the suppliers of the Organic Africa Pavilion 2020

2020-06-26T10:29:10+00:00January 14th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

They come in all shapes and colours, as fresh, dried or juiced! The Organic Africa Pavilion (BioFach*, Hall 3A - 320 & 322) will host exhibitors with a variety of premium exotic fruits, juices and veggies from sustainable and socially inclusive companies. Pay us a visit to find an assortment of dried pineapple and mango, pineapple juice, beans, avocado and chillies. Different companies joining the pavilion this year aim to develop inclusive and sustainable trade for the fruit & vegetable sector. COLEACP (active in ACP countries and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa), OM4D (active in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo and [Read more]

Organic Africa Pavilion 2020 – vegetable oils and beeswax : meet the companies

2020-06-26T10:29:55+00:00January 14th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

The Organic Africa Pavilion 2020 (BioFach*, Hall 3A - 320 & 322) will host many exhibitors specialised in different types of vegetable oils, as well as one exporter of beeswax. These African exhibitors worked hard to set up sustainable and certified supply chains in order to create high quality products. Discover more about their products below! Vegetable oils at the Organic Africa Pavilion: The vegetable oils at the pavilion are extracted from various types of fruits, seeds, grains, and nuts. Here is a sneak peak of the different types of vegetable oils you will encounter if you drop by [Read more]

Moringa trending! Read our study and join the initiative

2019-04-12T14:27:49+00:00June 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

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. [Read more]

Closing the financial gap through matchmaking at BioFach

2019-04-12T14:31:56+00:00March 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Alterfin, Triodos and Rabo Rural Fund from Rabobank joined the financial matchmaking sessions that ProFound organises annually at BioFach. In total we made 13 matches for 9 exhibitors of our Organic Africa Pavilion.  With this service, we help to ensure that exhibitors gain access to financial solutions from social lenders and micro-financing organisations.  “The preparation of the matchmaking by ProFound was highly appreciated. We met interested and well-matched producers that we would hope to mature into opportunities for the future. The facilitation provided us with a great opportunity to meet with multiple companies that we otherwise may not have met. The meetings [Read more]

Results of one year NI-CheckApp: alignment with control bodies, suppliers and buyers

2019-04-12T15:22:19+00:00March 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

In 2017, ProFound launched the NI-CheckApp: a compliance tool for suppliers of wild-collected natural ingredients that would save time and money by harmonising multiple certification documentation. Now that we’re one year further, what have we achieved? Documentation set is complete In the past year, we transformed the concept of the NI-CheckApp into reality. The tool now boasts a complete and integrated documentation set including the operator profile for wild collection for Organic, FairWild, Fair standards and GACP. Control bodies buy into the use of NI-CheckApp Control bodies such as Control Union and IMO/Ecocert are welcoming the use of the NI-CheckApp. [Read more]

Organic Africa Pavilion registers record number of 820 visitors at BioFach

2019-04-16T09:56:14+00:00February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

From 14-17 February, the twelve exhibitors of the Organic Africa Pavilion (OAP) met 820 potential business leads at BioFach, the highest ever since ProFound re-established the pavilion in 2016. This year, the pavilion exhibited the only suppliers from Madagascar, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ghana at BioFach.          Africa is a major source for organic natural ingredients and products in everyday use, such as spices and cocoa. However, African suppliers at international trade fairs are few, as there is limited export promotion support in Africa. ProFound organised the Organic Africa Pavilion for the third time in a row as interest and satisfaction from [Read more]