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Increase of innovative ingredients from the Andean highlands

Press Release   •   Nov 01, 2016 09:51 GMT

presentation of ancient grains

This year companies from Peru and Colombia joined forces in a collective Andean Ingredients pavilion at Hi Europe & Ni, the largest European exhibition for healthy and natural ingredients . For the first time visitors can find a range of innovative, functional and healthy ingredients from one of the world´s regions with the highest biodiversity. 

In total seven companies will present natural ingredient and healthy food solutions from products like maca, sacha inchi, goldenberry, lucuma, yacon, chia, quinoa and many more. An important objective of the Andean pavilion is to not only present innovative ingredients but also demonstrate how these ingredients can be used in the development of healthy food and beverage applications like snack bars, smoothies, bakery products and food supplements.

One of these innovative products is a cold pressed sacha inchi Seed oil from Agroindustrias Osho. Sacha Inchi, also known as Inca peanut, comes from the Peruvian jungle and its seeds are rich in protein, omega 3, 6, and 9, alpha tocopherol vitamin E, carotenoids (vitamin A), and fiber. The seed oil can be used in nutritional supplements, functional foods, pharmaceutical products and cosmetic application. Due to its slightly nutty flavour, this oil is ideal to use in salads and vegetables dishes.

The pavilion is supported by CBI (Centre for Promotion of Import from developing countries) in partnership with local trade promotion organisations such as PromPeru and ProColombia.

A visit to the Andean Ingredients pavilion will allow visitors to meet companies with these exciting new ingredients, advanced technology and sustainable business models. All companies have international business experience and at the same time contribute to economic, social and environmental development in their home markets.

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports contributes to sustainable economic development in developing countries through the expansion of export from these countries. CBI's goals are to strengthen the international competitive capacity of exporters by developing the export-related knowledge and skills of entrepreneurs and by helping exporters enter the EU market. CBI also organise effective business support for both the private sector and public authorities. The Centre was founded in 1971 and is an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information:

The following companies will be present themselves at Hi Europe:

-Villa Andina –Peru: a producer of organic ancient grains, dehydrated Peruvian fruits and a line of cocoa products

-Alsec S.A. Ingredientes – Colombia: a producer of nutritional mixes, extracts and spray dried lipids

-Algarrobos Organicos del Peru SAC – Peru: a producer of organic functional ingredients such as maca, mesquite, lucuma and cocoa

-Agroindustrias Osho – Peru: a producer of innovative protein and omega oils and flours, working with specialty oils and functional ingredients

-Alimentos Ekhus – Peru: A producer from the Peruvian highlands working with unique products like purple corn, mashua, okosh, golden berry and maca

-Cooperativa Agroindustrial Cabana - Peru: the largest ancient grain cooperative from Puno, working with quinoa, amaranth and other natural ingredients

-Ecoinca –Peru: a company with a range of organic and fair trade products such as quinoa, chia and different herbal infusions

-Insumos Mantaro: a production company with its own methodology of processing quinoa, maca and other Andean ingredients.  

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