Colombia

Popular with Europeans: Your exotic fruits

European customers increasingly favour healthy eating and sustainable food. More and more people now opt to eat little or no meat, the number of vegetarians and vegans is rising constantly. As a result, there is a growing demand for fresh fruit and vegetables - especially eco-friendly products with organic status. Moreover, the internationalisation of regional cuisines – both in restaurants and at home – is driving a pronounced increase in demand for exotic fruit.

In demand with Europeans: Your natural ingredients

The increasing awareness of sustainability among consumers and companies has also triggered enormous demand for natural ingredients, not only for the food sector but also for the production of cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.

We will help bring your products to Europe

Colombia offers all this – in abundance and in premium quality, especially when it comes to exotic fruit. Apart from the wide variety of products, it is the relatively high availability of organic quality goods that is especially interesting for the European market: Many exporters hold certificates such as Global G.A.P., HACCP and Fair Trade.

This is why the IPD selected Colombia as one of its partner countries. We provide Colombian suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables and natural ingredients with contacts to interested importers in Europe.

OUR PRODUCT GROUPS FROM COLOMBIA:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables, among them exotic fruit such as the yellow dragon fruit, Cape gooseberry or physalis, gulupa, tamarillo (tree tomato), passionfruit and feijoa (pineapple guava).
  • Natural ingredients for foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, e.g. fruit pulps, tea, coffee, cacao, sweeteners such as panela and Yacon syrup, nuts like macadamia, dried and frozen fruit and vegetables.
  • Technical wood, garden furniture, covering or flooring made out of plkantation teak and bamboo.

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News

 
Bonn/Nürnberg // 27.01.2020

BIOFACH 2020: IPD presents coconut specialities from Sri Lanka

IPD supports exhibitors from Sri Lanka and ten more partner countries at Biofach.

Bonn/Berlin, 27.01.2020 – At this year’s Biofach the product variety of the coconut palm is presented by exhibitors from Sri Lanka: They are bringing a variety of coconut specialities such as dried coconut, virgin coconut oil, coconut blossom sugar, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut milk and coconut water to the world's leading trade fair for organic food, which takes place in Nuremberg from February 12 to 15. Further highlights from Sri Lanka are spices such as Ceylon cinnamon and different varieties of pepper, as well as essential oils. Besides the exhibitors from Sri Lanka, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Colombia, Côte d´Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Kyrgyz-stan, Tunisia and Ukraine. They will be presenting their regional specialities in organic qual-ity at the joint stand of IPD and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) (Booth 3A | 3A-220) as well as at the national pavilions.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 15.01.2020

Fruit Logistica 2020: Pitahayas, Physalis & Co. - Ecuador convinces with fruity variety

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Ecuador and seven more partner countries at the international trade fair for fruits and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 16.01.2020 – Ecuador is known for its biodiversity and offers a wide range of tropical fruits. The South American country lives up to its reputation at this year's Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5. to 7. of February. With bananas, pineapples, pitahayas, physalis and passionfruit, the exhibitors present a richly filled fruit basket (Hall
21 Booth B‐06). Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German initiative for import promotion, has been supporting the partner country of this year's Fruit Logistica for two years now, and
accompanies producers to the European market. This year the IPD brings six companies from Ecuador to the international trade fair. In total, over 40 companies from eight IPD partner countries ‐ from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Côte d`Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Peru and the Ukraine ‐ will present their range of fresh fruits and vegetables in Berlin.

 
Bonn/ Madrid // 17.09.2019

Large range of organic products from IPD countries at Fruit Attraction

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) focuses on organic products: Tropical fruits and high-quality vegetables and herbs from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 17 September 2019 - The demand for organic quality in the fruit and vegetable sector is growing steadily. Experts expect an annual increase of 9 percent each over the next five years (study "Global Organic Fruits and Vegetables Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast" by the market research company Research and Markets). The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) takes advantage of this trend and supports companies from developing and emerging countries in the certification and marketing of organic products. At this year's Fruit Attraction, which will take place from 22 to 24 October in Madrid, the partner for import promotion will place a special focus on the organic segment from South America and Africa. (Hall 4, Booth E07)

Events

Virtual selling missions // 15.06. - 26.06.2020
 
Virtual selling missions // 15.06. - 26.06.2020

Virtual selling missions

Despite of Covid-19: Selling continues.

IPD adapts its offers for exporters and initiates virtual selling missions.
As it is currently not possible to visit companies in person, IPD organises virtual selling missions for IPD companies who are producing fresh organic products or products such as grains, pulses or seeds.

From 15 – 26 June 2020, IPD companies will have the opportunity to meet interested European importers online.
Selected and carfully evaluated companies from the IPD partner countries will be able to present their product range directly to suitable importers in online meetings.

In advance of these virtual sessions the IPD exporters will receive extensive individual preparations so that they can present themselves in the best possible way in the one-on-one meetings with the importers.

Do you operate in one of the five sectors in our partner countries? And would you like to participate in the IPD programme? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

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Trade fair in Barcelona // 06.10. - 08.10.2020
 
Trade fair in Barcelona // 06.10. - 08.10.2020

In-cosmetics 2020

Establishing contacts

in-cosmetics – the leading event for personal care ingredients – brings together over 800 exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions, as well as over 12,000 cosmetic manufacturers from over 115 countries.

On this international trade fair, IPD will support well-prepared export companies from Colombia, Ecuador and the Côte d`Ivoire. They get the opportunity to exhibit their new, exotic ingredients to the European market, win new clients and get to know the latest trends.
All exporters presented are carefully prepared by IPD. Thus ensuring they are equipped with the required certificates for the European market and are familiar with the demands of the European trade sector.
Immediately before and during the fair the IPD will offer practical support for the exhibition, including e.g. compilation of current market information, guidance on stand decoration, sales training for successful communication with potential customers.
Through targeted matchmaking, IPD will network these exporters with the right importers in the EU, arranging initial contacts before the fair, organizing and accompanying b2b meetings during the exhibition and supporting the follow-up after the fair is over.
Are you an exporter based in one of our partner countries? And would you like to present your products at international exhibitions in Europe? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

Andreas Gemählich

www.in-cosmetics.com

 

Trade fair in France/Nantes // 03.02. - 05.02.2021
 
Trade fair in France/Nantes // 03.02. - 05.02.2021

Carrefour International du Bois - new date!

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, the leading trade fair for wood processing - the Carrefour International du Bois - has been postponed.
The new date is now 03. - 05.02.2021.

IPD will present selected wood suppliers from Ecuador and Colombia at the fair. The reliable partners will bring a wide product portfolio of teak and bamboo to the fair.

All exporters presented are carefully prepared by IPD. Thus ensuring they are equipped with the required certificates for the European market and are familiar with the demands of the European trade sector.
Immediately before and during the fair the IPD will offer practical support for the exhibition, including e.g. compilation of current market information, guidance on stand decoration, sales training for successful communication with potential customers.
Through targeted matchmaking, IPD will network these exporters with the right importers in the EU, arranging initial contacts before the fair, organizing and accompanying b2b meetings during the exhibition and supporting the follow-up after the fair is over.

Are you an exporter based in one of our partner countries? And would you like to present your products at international exhibitions in Europe? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

Frank Maul

www.timbershow.com

 
Trainings in Europe

Sales training at trade fairs

Achieve new contacts to potential buyers in the EU.
Make your sales talks effective and successful.
Generate sustainable profits.


These are the goals of face-to-face contact at an international trade fairs.
But how to negotiate with potential European buyers and tour operators? How to present your products and services attractively in a short time during a meeting? How to master difficult dialogues? What are the business practices in Europe concerning communication, understanding of time, social manners and negotiation strategies?

In order to be well prepared for those issues, the IPD organizes sales trainings for exporters and tour operators participating in the IPD programme.
Those specialized trainings provide companies from our partner countries with the skills, concepts and methods which will help to influence the decisions of the counterparts and enhance the prospects of the trade fair participation.

The IPD experts will equip you with different tools and techniques to present your products and services to European buyers in a way that they will be familiar with – so that intercultural differences will not have a negative influence on your business talks. 

During the trade fair, you can put your newly acquired skills into practice. For this, IPD experts accompany pre-arranged meetings with potential business partners and give direct feedback. With this preparation, business with European buyers run smoothly and without any trouble.

Do you operate in one of the five sectors in our partner countries? And would you like to participate in the IPD programme? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

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Product Fact Sheets

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Cherimoya in Germany

As one of the main European markets for exotic fruit, Germany offers interesting opportunities for cherimoya. Producers in Developing Countries (DCs) have most potential by differentiating their products with high quality and marketing stories.

 
Product Fact Sheet

Tropical fruit pulps in Germany

Albeit a general decline in volume, Germany remains one of the leaders in per capita consumption of fruit juices in the world. Especially the categories chilled and „not from concentrate“ (NFC) are gaining market against the overall trend, with consecutive growth during the last 5 years. While apple juice stays in the number one spot, followed by orange and multi-flavors, only the flavor mixes show significant gains, nurtured by the ever-growing smoothie segment. This development sheds a light on tropical fruit pulps which provide the main differentiator for the final consumer in this type of products. Also due to changing weather patterns in the world, established importers are looking to broaden their supply base in order to safeguard their ability to supply all year round with competitive prices.

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Mangoes in Germany

Consumer demand for mangoes in Germany is on the rise, after a slight dip in consumption in 2010. In the competitive German and EU markets, mangoes are commercially the second largest tropical fruit. Mango producers from Developing Countries (DC) have most potential by differentiating their products. Examples include high quality, reaching new market segments (ready-to-eat mangoes) and marketing stories.

Success Stories

 
Success Story

Exotic resources for new taste sensations

The Frankfurt-based company tropextrakt specialises in importing exotic resources for the food sector. Since its foundation in 2002, the enterprise has established its reputation with the introduction of exotic niche products. tropextrakt supplies the big players of the sector with trend-setting fruit and plant products from tropical countries. The company’s success is due to the on-going search for reliable suppliers of high-quality products that meet the superior requirements of German and European clients. To that end tropextrakt has established a solid network of exporters in various countries, especially in South America, in recent years. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has now been able to furnish tropextrakt with another valuable contact by introducing the Frankfurt-based company to a highly eligible partner at the SIAL 2014 trade fair: Frugy from Colombia.

 
Success Story

Organic tea from Colombia

Many high-quality products from developing and emerging countries are in great demand on the German and European markets, but importers face major obstacles when it comes to market introduction. Inadequate knowledge of the market and lack of contacts to European trading partners impede their access to the EU market. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) helps exporters overcome these obstacles. For the Colombian export company Agrícola Himalaya S.A. the IPD has provided comprehensive advice on marketing their high-quality organically grown teas and helped in successfully matchmaking the Columbian enterprise with German importer J.T. Ronnefeldt KG.

 
Success Story

Eezy Fruitz whets appetites for healthy nutrition

FRUITY CREATIONS FROM COLOMBIA ARE IN VOGUE

Many food-conscious consumers prefer natural, vegetarian products that are rich in nutrients. Fruity snacks, mueslis and smoothies with exotic aromas and valuable nutrients are fully in vogue,and there is a growing demand on the EU market for healthy, natural products. Traders from developing countries can also benefit from the expanding market for healthy food. The exporter SERO Colombia, one of the Import Promotion Desk’s partner companies in Colombia, is a case in point.

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