Bolivian chia sector unfolds initiative for clean chia

By Freek Jan Koekoek At a well-attended meeting parallel to SIAL Paris in October, the Bolivian chia sector presented its vision to develop ‘clean chia.’ It also provided a production forecast. Bolivia has become one of the leading producers, along with Argentina and Paraguay, of this superfood rich in omega 3, which is experiencing a … Read moreBolivian chia sector unfolds initiative for clean chia

Annual peer group meeting for Spices and Herbs

On 16th of March 2016, Mercadero facilitated the annual peer group meeting on Spices and Herbs with the aim to gather up-to-date knowledge for market information, which will be published by the CBI later this year. During the meeting, business representatives, market researchers and representatives of sustainability initiatives discussed the latest trends and developments in … Read moreAnnual peer group meeting for Spices and Herbs

Torfolk introduces unsweetened Lingonberry spread in the Netherlands

Responding to repeated requests from customers, Torfolk has added lingonberry spread without any sugar or other sweeteners, like agave syrup or concentrated fruit juice, to its product line. This spread consists of 100% lingonberries, without any additives at all. One jar of 380 gram contains approximately 1500 berries, which have been heated gently. The lingonberry … Read moreTorfolk introduces unsweetened Lingonberry spread in the Netherlands

Novel Food Notification for chia seed for our client GCP Import & Export in Bolivia approved

Our client GCP import & Export from Bolivia has recently obtained the Novel Food Notification for chia. This means that GCP is now licensed to export chia seeds directly to all European buyers. Chia seed is classified as a Novel Food in the European Union due to a lack of history of consumption in the … Read moreNovel Food Notification for chia seed for our client GCP Import & Export in Bolivia approved

Organic chocolate from Ecuador brought to European market by KIWA Inalproces

At the request of Inalproces from Ecuador, Mercadero reviewed the labels of two new products to be launched at Biofach 2016: NATIFS Organic Chocolate Goldenberry and KIWA Organic Chocolate with Cassava Chips. When bringing a new product to the European market the labels must be thoroughly checked to be sure that they meet the legal … Read moreOrganic chocolate from Ecuador brought to European market by KIWA Inalproces

Come meet us at Biofach 2016

Mercadero will be present at Biofach 2016 supporting international companies, thus upholding the tradition of participating in this largest trade fair of the organic industry. Freek Jan will be coaching his clients from Indonesia and the Philippines in the CBI Pavillion in Hall 4 (Stand 4-471). Inge will be promoting chia seeds, quinoa, sesame seeds and … Read moreCome meet us at Biofach 2016

ZEAS Apícola brings honey from Nicaragua to Europe

The Nicaraguan honey supplier ZEAS Apícola came to Europe to introduce their polyfloral honey to potential buyers. This honey is very tasty with an intense flavor. ZEAS cooperates with the women’s cooperative Dulce Miel, which supports rural women of Nicaragua through beekeeping. Zeas Apícola is well known in Nicaragua, and is now ready to start … Read moreZEAS Apícola brings honey from Nicaragua to Europe

CBI factsheet on amaranth seed in Europe published

The CBI factsheet describes the European market for amaranth seeds, the little sister of quinoa in the family of healthy pseudo grains. Amaranth imports are estimated at  5775 tons in 2014, up from about 4500 tons in 2013. This is quite a substantial volume compared to about 15000 tons of  quinoa imports in 2014. Production of amaranth, which … Read moreCBI factsheet on amaranth seed in Europe published

Bolhispania: high quality hearts of palm from Bolivia

Bolhispania: high quality hearts of palm from Bolivia; a case study of export promotion Bolhispania participated in CBI’s Export Coaching Programme Natural Ingredients for Food, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals 2010 – 2015.  This programme assisted Bolivian companies in their start-up phase of exporting their products to Europe. In 2014, the total export volume of Bolhispania to … Read moreBolhispania: high quality hearts of palm from Bolivia