Natural ingredients

Europe wants it natural.

The demand in Europe for natural food ingredients is higher than ever before. Consumers pay increasing attention to what they eat and thus choose products whose ingredients are the most natural. As a consequence, a growing number of artificial ingredients are being substituted by natural ones. 

Legislation is also supporting this trend towards natural ingredients. Just one example among many: several European governments have decided to drastically reduce the sugar content of processed foods over the next few years. Sugar will have to be replaced by other less harmful sweeteners.

And let’s not forget the mega-trend towards organic food. Ingredients added to these eco-friendly products during further processing must also be approved if the final product is to remain organic. 

Your ingredients in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.

Whether it be oils, tea, aromas, colorants, sweeteners or many other products – your natural ingredients are now in high demand in Europe. And this applies not only to the food industry, but also the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors. The German market for natural cosmetics, for instance, is expanding by almost 10 percent every year. Today, one out of five German households purchase natural cosmetic and skincare products – and the numbers are still rising.

So take your natural ingredients to where they are particularly sought after. The IPD will support you.

The IPD includes the following under natural ingredients :

  • Essential oils: 
    e.g. of chamomile, valerian, juniper berries, rhododendron and the jatamansi root.
  • Fatty oils: 
    e.g. chiuri butter, Dhatelo oil, kahai oil, mango butter, sacha inchi oil, moringa oil, apricot kernel oil as well as saturated fats from nuts (e.g. Brazil nuts, walnuts).
  • Rubber and resins: 
    e.g. rubber olibanum, rubber arabicum, turpentine, mumiyo.
  • Pulses: 
    e.g. kidney and pinto beans, peas, white beans coffee and cocoa.
  • Herbs and spices: 
    e.g. basil, chamomile, curcuma, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, peppermint, senna, vanilla and cinnamon as well as medicinal and aromatic plants. 
  • Natural colourings: 
    e.g. amaranth, cochineal.
  • Seeds and grains: 
    e.g. quinoa, amaranth, chia, oil seeds, rice.
  • Coffee and cocoa
  • Tea: 
    e.g. black, green and white tea, tea blends.
  • Processed fruit and vegetables: 
    e.g. dried, freeze-dried, deep-frozen/individual quick frozen (IQF), pulps, concentrates, preserves.
  • Thickening and gelling agents: 
    e.g. agar agar, carrageen, konjac, tara, carob flour, rice starch.
  • Sweeteners: 
    e.g. coconut flower sugar, panela, date syrup, honey.
  • Dried fruit: 
    freeze-dried, machine-dried or sun-dried.
  • Nuts: 
    e.g. walnuts, cashews, almonds, macadamia.
  • Extracts
    e.g. vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, tea, various fruits.

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Maria Paula Gomez (Berlin)

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Caroline Moraza (Bonn)

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Dr. Andreas Gemählich (Bonn)

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News

 
Bonn // 28.01.2021

IPD supports organic producers at Biofach eSPECIAL

Bonn/Berlin, 28/01/2020 - Nearly 40 producers from developing and emerging countries will be presented to European trade visitors by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Biofach. This year, the world's leading trade fair for organic food will take place in virtual form from February 17 to 19. For the seventh time, IPD together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), leading provider of in-ternational cooperation services, will present the wide range of organic products from developing and emerging countries under the motto "Organic Sourcing for Develop-ment". The Import Promotion Initiative’s free matchmaking services are open to all Euro-pean importers: IPD brings together traders from Europe with producers from developing and emerging countries.

 

 
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.

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Product Fact Sheets

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Almond oil in Germany

Almond Oil is a niche market in Germany but the flavour is popular so there will be continuing interest in quality almond oils. It can be found in numerous market sectors and product applications. Its use has been driven by the increasing number of natural healthcare products and demand for healthy ingredients. DC exporters can find opportunities by keeping a close watch on the relevant growth sectors in which almond oil features and forming relationships with suppliers of related products.

 
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Asphaltum / shilajit / stone oil

More and more European consumers are interested in non-Western health solutions. Those of an Ayurvedic tradition are often used in conjunction with wider lifestyle choices, encompassing nutrition, exercise and meditation, but products such as shilajit are also used in food supplements outside of this tradition. Cosmetics with shilajit are also marketed in Germany. The German market is less developed than the UK and especially Eastern European markets but does offer opportunities. German market entry can also take place through manufacturers in these other markets.

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Walnuts in Germany

German walnut consumption has been increasing, as consumers appreciate the many health benefits that exist with this popular tree nut, although there is some evidence that higher prices are impacting on sales levels. Germany has its own walnut production but well over half the market is supplied by imports, and Germany is in fact the world's leading importer. Global production is dominated by the USA and China but significant opportunities exist for importers who are able to supply the market with products of the quality demanded by the trade and consumers. There is some seasonality, particularly for the Christmas period, but demand is fairly consistent throughout the year.

 
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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.

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Gums and resins

Germany is a leading importer of gums and resins in Europe. Gum arabic, Locust Bean Gum (LBG), frankincense and myrrh are valuable as natural ingredients with unique properties. Gum arabic and LBG stabilise and thicken, whereas frankincense and myrrh are mostly valued for their fragrance. They are versatile ingredients with a wide range of applications in the food, cosmetic and health products industries. As each of these applications requires very specific qualities of the gums, you need to pay extra attention to strict sorting and grading.

Success Stories

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Dates from Tunisia

IPD supports Demeter producer in setting up lasting trade partnerships

Beni Ghreb is the first company in Tunisia to be certified for its organic and biodynamic dates. Initially, however, it proved impossible to obtain the price for Demeter-certified dates for the entire production. Beni Ghreb therefore
applied for admission to the IPD programme with the aim of increasing sales of its products, especially to the organic sector in Europe. Since 2018, IPD has successfully liaised new business partners for Beni Ghreb.

 

 
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Organic peanuts from Egypt

Import Promotion Desk assists African growers in exporting ecological products

African countries offer a wide variety of top-quality products for which there is great demand on the EU market. Import Promotion Desk (IPD) introduces selected suppliers of organic foods to European traders. The Egyptian exporter Logistic Nuts for Agricultural Development is a new supplier which, with assistance from the IPD, has converted to ecological farming and is now capturing the market with organic peanuts.

 
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Pure oils from Ethiopian medicinal plants

Import Promotion Desk makes EU market accessible for African producers

With support from the IPD, Ethiopian company Hayat Cosmo Industry PLC was able to present its products from pure black cumin oil at European trade fairs. The trade fair success encouraged Hayat to expand its offerings to European customers, so that the company now also produces essential oils. Investment in the new product developments has paid off for the Ethiopian company: At in-cosmetics trade fair in Paris, Hayat successfully presented its new product range for the first time.

 
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GIZ and IPD collaboration in Nepal bearing fruit

SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH EXPORT PROMOTION

Within the framework of the “Nepal Trade Integration Strategy” GIZ and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are supporting a model project promoting the export of medicinal and aromatic plants. The project shows how specific sectoral support can help establish efficient value creation chains and enable Nepalese firms direct access to the German trade market. The half-time evaluation of the export promotion programme in Nepal showed that in 2016 alone Nepalese producers exported to the EU medicinal plant products worth 1.2 million Euros.

 
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Organic herbs from Tunisia

HERBIOTECH’S EXPORT BUSINESS PROVIDES WORK FOR A WHOLE VILLAGE

Tunisia is an attractive procurement market for dried herbs. Yet this is a little-known fact for many German importers. Most only know of Tunisia as an important export nation for olive oil. In the Kairouan region, the exporter Herbiotech employs an entire village in the cultivation of organic herbs. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports the Tunisian trader as they introduce their premium-quality products to the EU market.

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