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Grains and Pulses

The European protein transition: a threat or an opportunity?

Trade fairs such as Anuga are usually good places to hear about new food developments. This year, there was much talk about the future of legumes and protein crops, including demand from local European growers and initiatives.

The European market potential for healthy snacks with grains, pulses and oilseeds

Snacking is common in Europe during social occasions or on the go, but better-informed consumers increasingly choose healthier snack options. The United Kingdom has most focus on convenience in combination with health benefits, while Germany is the largest market for organic and natural snacks. Wholegrain wheat and other cereals are popular in snacks, but you can also find opportunities for pulse flours, seeds and naturally processed grains.

Exporting healthy snacks with grains, pulses and oilseeds to Europe

Grains, pulses and oilseeds are often used in healthy snacks. Their nutritional value is positively received by health conscious consumers. As an exporter, you can target the market for specific ingredients, specialise in processing ingredients or consumer products. The further you develop your supply chain, the higher will be your investment and your responsibility in food safety and information to consumers.

The European market potential for fonio in Europe

Fonio is so new to the European market, that it only recently received an official authorisation to be marketed as a food product in Europe. There is a potential market for fonio as a nutritious, ancient grain and as an interesting replacement for wheat. Demand for gluten-free grains and bakery products suggests Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium offer most potential.

Exporting fonio to Europe

Opportunities for fonio in the European market can best be assessed by placing it within the trade of specialty grains. In this market, it will compete with other nutritious, gluten-free grains, such as quinoa, amaranth and teff. There could be an interesting future for fonio in Europe with the right marketing efforts and reliable supply.

Exporting kidney beans and other common dry beans to Europe

Common beans such as kidney beans and white pea beans are a traditional food common to many cuisines in different cultures. You will find most demand for these products from bean packers and the canning industry, while new convenience and healthy bean products are slowly emerging. These new products generate buyers’ interest in new supplying sources, but you must be able to deal with increasing product standards and strong competition from well-established producing countries.

Exporting chia seeds to Europe

Chia seeds are relatively new in the European market, but in a short time they have become a well promoted and nutritious niche product. The demand and the different applications of chia are still developing. It is important to understand the risks of a novelty superfood in terms of the fluctuation in supply and demand and the implications of quality requirements and food safety.

The importance of pulses and grains in plant-based food

According to FoodNavigator, multinationals Nestlé, Tesco and Unilever are the best prepared companies for a booming plant-based market. But why is it important for small and medium suppliers of protein ingredients to prepare for this trend?

CBI Market Information Presentations Anuga 2019

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Exporting groundnuts for the food manufacturing and oil crushing industry in Europe

Europe is a large market for groundnuts, with an estimated average consumption of 650 thousand tonnes per year. Imports show a growing market, with an average annual increase of 2% in volume and 3.9% in value from 2013 to 2017. Groundnuts are consumed as snacks, processed as food ingredients and crushed for oil. This study focuses on groundnuts for the European food manufacturing and oil crushing industries. In the food manufacturing segment, groundnuts are used as ingredients in peanut butter, chocolate and other food and snack preparations.


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