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Connecting Central America

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The ‘Connecting Central America’-Programme aims to strengthen 60 Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and cooperatives from Central America, between 2018 and 2021, in becoming (more) competitive on the European market.

Peruvian companies learn how CSR can help them in their export to Europe

Recently, the companies participating in the CBI Country Programme Peru attended their first training of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) module. CERES was contracted by CBI to take the companies on this CSR journey which started with an introductory e-course to ensure all companies were at the same level and understood the terms used. The companies liked the fact that the training was interactive and dynamic.  

Second CSR training for Colombian SMEs

The last months the companies in the CBI’s Colombia Country Programme have been working on their Corporate Social Responsibility  (CSR) plans. Companies from the fresh fruit, flowers, coffee and natural ingredients sectors participated in two trainings provided by BSD Consulting Colombia in the city of their choosing (Medellin, Pereira or Bogotá). During the trainings they were introduced to CSR topics such as labour conditions, health and safety at work, the environment, responsibility in their supply chains.

Getting the best out of Ugandan coffee

Getting the best out of Ugandan coffee

Thanks to CBI coaching a Ugandan coffee cooperative has increased its exports to Europe, significantly improved the position of its members, and more.


10 tips for finding European coffee buyers

Europe has the most coffee buyers in the world, each with its own approach to business, its own expectations and specific demands. As a result, finding the right buyer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Be prepared because it takes time. Work through the following tips to help you find your European buyers for your coffee.

9 tips for doing business with European coffee buyers

The coffee trade is a volatile business. Europe has the world’s largest and most competitive coffee market. If you want to do business in Europe successfully, you will need a clear picture of the international supply chain, specific European requirements and national market trends. Use the following tips for help with doing business with European buyers.

Exporting coffee to France

France is a large and mature coffee market with a long tradition of coffee consumption. In recent years, concerns about the effects of caffeine consumption on health have put the French coffee sector under pressure. The larger companies in the sector are mainly focusing on convenient single-serving packaging to maintain French consumer interest in the mainstream market. Meanwhile, smaller companies are developing the specialty coffee market.

Specialty Coffee, Fine-Flavour Cacao and Cacao Derivatives (Peru)

This programme is a part of our integrated country programme for Peru. It covers two market sectors: specialty coffee; and fine-flavour cacao and cacao derivatives. Our main goal is to help exporters of these product groups to do more business in Europe.

European demand for specialty coffee, fine-flavour cacao and cacao derivatives is high. Many Peruvian companies in these segments have a lot of export potential. They need support and assistance in getting ready for the European market.

Specialty Roasted Coffee (Colombia)

Specialty Coffee Colombia is part of our integrated country programme for Colombia. The country programme covers six different sectors with a lot of export potential. In the specialty coffee programme, we are working with twelve companies who roast their own coffee.

This is a pioneering project. Traditionally, the coffee sold in Europe is roasted exclusively by European companies. This means coffee growers only export green beans, usually in bulk. The market for bulk coffee is very competitive. Margins are very low and it is difficult to get a stable income.

Natural Ingredients East and Southern Africa

This programme covers three African countries. In each country, there is a sub-programme for specific sectors with a lot of export potential. The sectors and countries are: specialty coffee and oilseeds in Uganda; oilseeds and specialty coffee in Ethiopia; added-value tea in Kenya.


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