Fresh fruit and vegetables

Europe’s appetite for healthy and tasty food choices

Fresh fruit and vegetables are more popular in Europe than ever before – particularly organic alternatives. The reason: a growing public awareness of the importance of healthy eating and an increasing trend to avoid meat and animal products.

There also is a flourishing demand for exotic fruit. More and more Europeans are cooking lavish dishes at home and experimenting with new cuisines. Inspired by long-haul travel and the multitude of TV cooking shows, millions of hobby chefs are keen to try ingredients from far-flung countries.

This is why there is a constant high demand for fresh fruit and vegetables but also fresh herbs in Europe. That is your sustainability guarantee.

GlobalG.A.P. is a must. 

Europe’s consumers and importers want quality and transparent proof of origin. For this reason GlobalG.A.P. certification - one of the most important European standards for sustainable production and high food safety - is a must for exporters of fresh fruit and vegetables.

You are not yet certified in line with GLOBALG.A.P.? If you meet the IPD programme criteria, we will support you in this process thus paving your way to deliver your fresh fruit and vegetables to the European market.

The IPD supports producers of both organic and conventionally grown fruit and vegetables, specifically: 

  • Fresh fruit (from temperate zones):
    e.g. berries, melons, stone fruits, grapes and citrus fruits.
  • Fresh vegetables: 
    e.g. young vegetables, beans, peas, sugar snap peas, artichokes, ginger, fresh curcuma, fruit vegetables, broccoli and onions.
  • Fresh herbs: 
    e.g. basil, coriander, marjoram, melissa, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, chives and thyme.
  • Sub-tropical and tropical fruit (exotic fruit):
    e.g. pineapples, avocados, bananas, cherimoya, dates, guava, pomegranates, persimmons; prickly pears, coconuts, mangoes, passion fruits, papayas, physalis and dragon fruits.

Your contact person

Linda Mense (Berlin)

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Expert
Sourcing + Markets
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
(Egypt, Ethiopia, Peru, Ukraine)
 

Daniel Oppermann (Berlin)

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
(Colombia, Ecuador)
 

Thomas Derstadt (Bonn)

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
(Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana)
Technical Wood (Ecuador, Peru)

BULLETIN BOARD »FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES«

News

 
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)

 
Berlin // 21.01.2019

Fruit Logistica 2019: Diversity of berries from Ethiopia

The Import Promotion Desk brings exporters from seven developing and emerging countries to the international trade fair for fruit and vegetables.

Bonn/Berlin, 21.01.2019 – Strawberries and blueberries are highlights at the country stand of Ethiopia (Stand 26 | F‐28) at this year's Fruit Logistica, which takes place from 6 to 8 February 2019 in Berlin. The exhibitors from Ethiopia bring a wide range of berries to the fair, including San Andreas, Sweet Ann and Montery Strawberries. Due to the climate conditions, berries in Ethiopia can be cultivated in Ethiopia all year round in high quality. Other products such as beans, physalis, prickly pears and sugar snap are also exhibited by the companies from the African hinterland at the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA) stand, organized with the support of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). The German partner for import promotion also presents exporters from Egypt, Ecuador, Colombia, Mozambique, Peru and Tunisia and a wide range of regional products.

 
Bonn // 25.07.2018

IPD intensifies activities for sustainable economic development

German import promotion initiative is now active in 13 countries and 5 sectors

Bonn/Berlin, 25.07.2018 – Since 2012, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has assisted small-to-medium-sized enterprises in selected developing and emerging counties to ac-cess the European market. In its third project phase, the IPD expands activities to 13 partner countries and five sectors. The IPD supports export companies on the so-called "last mile"– it accompanies producers to the European market, arranges contacts with importers, thereby closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade.

 
Berlin // 18.01.2018

Fruit Logistica 2018: Ethiopia to have country pavilion for the first time

Bonn, 18.01.2018 – At Fruit Logistica, the international specialist exhibition for fruit and vegetables to take place from 7 ‐ 9 February 2018 in Berlin, Ethiopia will be represented with its own country pavilion for the first time (hall 26, stand B‐04). Seven exhibitors from all over Ethiopia will exhibit the broad range of products available from the African interior on the stand of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA).

Events

Trade fair in Madrid/Spain // 20.10. - 22.10.2020
 
Trade fair in Madrid/Spain // 20.10. - 22.10.2020

Fruit Attraction 2020

Get to know the fruit and vegetables market in Europe!
Make promising contacts to European importers!


Fruit Attraction – one of the leading trade fairs of the fruit and vegetable sector – attracts around 95,000 visitors from 140 countries every year. Companies from across the entire fresh produce sector – from global players to small and medium-sized enterprises and organisations from all over the world – get an overview of the latest innovations, products and services from every link in the international supply chain. This fair thus offers ideal networking and contact opportunities to key decision-makers in every sector of the industry.

In 2020, IPD will present reliable exporters of high-quality fruit and vegetables from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Colombia, Peru and Ukraine.

All exporters 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 German trade sector. Immediately before and during the fair, 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 suitable 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 Fruit Attraction? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

Linda Mense

www.fruitattraction.com

Product Fact Sheets

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Avocado in Germany

Exporters from developing countries (DCs) can profit from the growing German imports of fresh avocados. Good opportunities exist for ready-to-eat avocados. Additionally, DC exporters can differentiate themselves on the market with organic certification.

Product Fact Sheet
 
Product Fact Sheet

Baby vegetables in Germany

Consumer demand for fresh vegetables, combined with trends for convenience, consumer experience and innovation, has led to a new segment for luxury fresh vegetables: baby vegetables. The German market offers opportunities for baby carrots (as a snack), baby courgettes (used in Mediterranean cuisine) and baby corn (for Asian stir-fry dishes).

 
Product Fact Sheet

Beans and pulses in Germany

Beans and pulses are among commonly eaten vegetables in Germany. Try to add value to these commodity products to differentiate yourself on the market, for example with storytelling and employing social and environmental practices. Target the German market in the long off-season in European production (October – June).

 
Product Fact Sheet

Berries in Europe (provided by CBI)

Imports of fresh berries into the European market from developing countries have doubled over the past five years. Berries are increasingly offered as a convenient and healthy snack, seducing shoppers into buying them. Although many berries are grown in Europe itself, demand is much higher than European production and imports from developing countries are filling in the gap.

Read full document on CBI.eu

 

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.

Sector information

Fresh fruit & vegetables: Calender
 
Fresh fruit & vegetables: Calender

Seasonal Calendar: Fresh fruit and and vegetables

Which fruits and vegetables are in season in which country?
Which products are available in the IPD partner countries?  
Inform yourself!

 
Guide

IPD Guide on successful trade fair participation

A survey conducted among business leaders in Germany revealed that 86% of all of them consider trade fairs as one of the most important tools in the sourcing and procurement process.1 For a simple reason: business is done between humans. People want to meet each other, see each other and get to know each other. Especially in a world that is characterised by growing digitalisation, real-life experiences make the difference.

Participation at a foreign trade fair is a not all that difficult. However, it requires good planning and meticulous execution. Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), planning a participation at a foreign trade fair may be a daunting task.
This guide is intended to help SMEs approach this task successfully.

Success Stories

 
Success Story

Ethiopian Union of Cooperatives - ready for export to Europe

The Union of Cooperatives Meki Batu from Ethiopia is to exhibit for the first time at Berlin’s “Fruit Logistica”
in February 2017. For two years, the Import Promotion Desk has been working intensely with the union – which
comprises over 8,000 Ethiopian farmers – to prepare them for the exhibition debut. For Meki Batu Union, participating in the exhibition is a decisive step in their strategic plan to enter the German and European markets and establish long-term trade relations.

 
Success Story

Success for organic products from Ethiopia on the EU market

IPD procures new trade partner for the Ethiopian exporter GreenPath Food

GreenPath Food is Ethiopia’s first – and, up until now, its only – certified EU-organic producer and exporter organisation in the fruit and vegetable sector. Import Promotion Desk (IPD) added the company to its export promotion programme in 2017. With support of IPD, GreenPath Food was able to raise awareness for its products at European trade fairs and to establish successful trade relations. For two years now, they have been in close cooperation with the Hamburg-based import organisation ElbeFruit Europe, which markets EU-organically certified avocados, vegetables and fresh herbs from GreenPath Food in German-speaking countries. Their cooperation in the organic trade sector opens up new opportunities for both partners.

 
Success Story

The IPD supports German importers in their search for super fruits

Klaus Böcker GmbH is an importer of exotic fruit products. Its portfolio comprises fruit juice, paste and concentrate from more than 500 kinds of fruit in more than 500 specifications. To continually expand its range of products, the company is always on the look-out for new suppliers. For this reason, Klaus Böcker GmbH turned to the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) – and made a catch: The IPD provided the German importer with a new trade partner in Egypt.

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