Fine flavoured cocoa under the spotlight for Import Promotion Desk at ISM Cologne

A wide range of nibs, chocolate bars and couvertures made from fine flavoured cocoa are set to form a highlight at the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) stand at ISM, which takes place in Cologne next month.

The event, taking place from 28-31 January, is set to feature a broad range of confectionery from around the world, with the event returning to its traditional January date, after being staged this April in a one-off Spring date due to challenging broader business conditions.

For its part, the IPD stand will also feature dried purple passion fruit, which sweetens muesli, baked goods, and chocolate bars. The import promotion initiative will be presenting cocoa and fruit producers from Ecuador, Colombia, and Ghana at the world’s leading trade fair for confectionery and snacks, who will be able to impress visitors with a special range and high product quality. IPD, a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has visited all the companies in advance and checked whether they meet European market requirements.

IPD is accompanying cocoa producers from Ecuador and Colombia to Cologne. The companies from Ecuador process the special cocoa variety Arriba Nacional. It is known for its special flavour and is registered as a trademark in Ecuador. Cocoa products of the Criollo and Trinitario varieties come from Colombia.

In addition to cocoa mass, pastes, and pulps, the producers also offer cocoa nibs for snacking as well as milk and dark chocolate bars, pralines, and couvertures. IPD visits all companies and examines them carefully before they are accepted into the IPD programme. One criterion is the protection of natural resources. Therefore, IPD works exclusively with companies that have the requirements for deforestation-free products (EU deforestation ban) and transparent supply chains (EU supply chain law) in mind. Some of the IPD companies are already implementing localisation strategies to improve traceability.

Dried passion fruit is a particular highlight at ISM. The IPD is presenting a company from Colombia that specialises in processing the purple passion fruit. The tropical fruit is known for its exotic flavour and juiciness. And it retains its intense flavour even when dried. The company in the IPD programme will be presenting freeze-dried passion fruit and fruit powder at ISM.

The range of dried fruit is being expanded by an exhibitor from Ghana: the company is offering dried pineapples, mangoes, papayas, and bananas at ISM. It also produces coconut products such as coconut flakes and pieces of dried coconut. Pineapple slices flavoured with chilli or ginger are a speciality. IPD at the ISM Cologne: Halle 10.2, Stand E-080g

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