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.

Favoured in Europe: Your timer products from legal & sustainable sources

Bamboo and teak wood are ideal for manufacturing garden furniture, decking and panels and boards. However, the import of timber into the EU is strictly regulated. The EU Timber Trade Regulation (EUTR) requires importers to ensure that the timber products they place on the EU market come from legal sources. Moreover, sustainability and related certifications such as FSC are becoming more and more important for consumers.

Sought-after in Europe: Your cut flowers with intense colours

European wholesalers and retail florists are constantly looking for reliable flower producers. They want to expand their diverse range of products and meet the seasonal demand on the EU market reliably.

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 GLOBALG.A.P., HACCP and Fair Trade.

This is why IPD selected Colombia as one of its partner countries. We provide Colombian suppliers 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.
  • Cut flowers, carnations, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, gypsophila, foliages etc.

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News

 
Bonn/Berlin // 14.04.2021

IPD presents Africa's fruit and vegetable diversity

Exporters from Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Morocco as well as from four other IPD partner countries show their high-quality product range at the virtual B2B event "Fresh Produce".
Bonn/Berlin, April 14, 2021 - Mangoes, grapes, citrus fruits, pomegranates as well as sweet potatoes, fresh herbs and sugar snap peas are part of Africa's fruit and vegetable diversity that exporters will present at the Import Promotion Desk’s (IPD) virtual B2B meetings. The offerings from Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Morocco will be a focus of the Virtual B2B Event "Fresh Produce," which runs May 10-28. In addition, the import promotion initiative will present other companies from the IPD partner countries Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Ukraine. Following the cancellation of the Fruit Logistica Special Edition, the IPD has decided at short notice to present the range of fresh fruit and vegetables from IPD partner countries in individual video meetings.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 14.04.2021

interzum 2021: Wide range of wood products from sustainable forestry

IPD present plantation teak, Guadua bamboo and classic wood-based materials from IPD partner countries
Bonn/Berlin, April 14, 2021 - The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be presenting a wide range of wood products from sustainable forestry at interzum, which this year will be held virtually from May 4 to 7. The import promotion initiative will accompany producers of plantation-grown teak and Guadua bamboo from Ecuador and Colombia, as well as Ukrainian exporters of high-quality table tops made from reclaimed oak and moulded beech wood components to this year's leading international trade fair for furniture manufacturing and interior design. "The IPD's aim is to present a diverse range of high-quality wood products and, above all, special timber species to the timber trade in Europe," says Frank Maul, expert for sourcing and markets at the IPD. "In this context, the legal and sustainable origin of the woods is a basic requirement of our commitment."

 
Bonn // 24.11.2020

Opportunity for foreign trade: opening up new supply markets virtually

Import Promotion Desk supports companies with virtual fairs and B2B meetings

Bonn/Berlin, 24.11.2020 – The corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: contact restrictions make international trade relations and the search for new products and reliable suppliers more difficult. Many of the international trade fairs that serve as important contact exchanges have been postponed. Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has developed a variety of online services to continue its work. In virtual meetings and trade fairs, IPD experts support German and European companies in opening up new supply markets and connect them with selected producers from developing countries and emerging nations.

Events

Virtual B2B Event // 10. - 28.05.2021
 
Virtual B2B Event // 10. - 28.05.2021

IPD Virtual B2B Event "Fresh Produce"

Fresh herbs, high-quality fruit and vegetables from new markets
Make contacts with reliable producers in individual online meetings

Due to the cancellation of the Fruit Logistica Special Edition, IPD decided at short notice to present the range of fresh fruits and vegetables from IPD partner countries in individual video meetings.

More than 30 companies from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Ghana, Colombia, Morocco, Peru and Ukraine are participating. They will present a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

You will find, for example, mangoes, papayas and pineapples from producers in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Or grapes, oranges, lemons, strawberries and fresh herbs, spinach, peppers and garlic offered by suppliers from Egypt and Ethiopia.
The range of subtropical and tropical fruits is enriched by exhibitors from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, such as passion fruit, pitahayas, bananas, physalis as well as avocados. In addition, companies from Peru offer sweet potato as well as fresh ginger and turmeric in organic quality. Producers from Ukraine . present sweet potatoes, Hokkaido pumpkin, plums, peaches or blueberries

All exporters are carefully screened. We take into account criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity, as well as compliance with international standards and certifications.

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:

Daniel Oppermann

Trade fair in Vijfhuizen // 03.11. - 05.11.2021
 
Trade fair in Vijfhuizen // 03.11. - 05.11.2021

International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) - new date!

Establishing contacts

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, the International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF Expo) - the trade fair for cut flowers and pot plants has been postponed. The new date is now 03. - 05.11.2021.

The IPD plans to be represented with an own booth at the fair to present selected cut flower exporters from Ecuador and Colombia. Their rich offer includes roses, gypsophila or chrysanthemums, cut foliage and rarities like matthiola.

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.hppexhibitions.com/iftf

 
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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