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.