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ProFound – Advisers In Development is a consultancy company. We are a team of experts in developing sustainable value chains for natural ingredients for food, cosmetics, and health. We support sustainable sourcing and link natural ingredients producers to the market.

Power Maw Shan – Green Tea

About Power Maw Shan

Power Maw Shan is a tea trading family business in its third generation, that has been on the market since 1964. They are sourcing from Southern Shan State, an area in Myanmar known for growing high quality tea, where cultivation has taken place for more than a century. Most of the farmers still work with traditional handmade processing and hand-picking methods, which are a perfect basis for sustainable production.

About Power Maw Shan Green Tea

Maw Shan works closely with farmers from 13 different villages, providing them with training on sustainable cultivation, handpicking and pruning. Most of their tea bushes are more than 60 years old, and all their teas are handpicked. Their plantations are at an elevation of more than 1,300 metres and their processing meets the standards of high grade quality tea. They focus both on quality and maintaining a strong relationship with smallholder farmers. 

Certificates

Maw Shan is one of the first organic certified tea company in Southern Shan state and also one of the first suppliers of organic tea to Germany. They are a founding member of the Myanmar Tea Association. They are certified ISO 9001 for Quality Management and award winner of Outstanding Quality Awards, National MSME Award.

In 2018 they became Myanmar’s first EU Organic certified supplier and started exporting organic tea to Germany. In 2019 Maw Shan became the first fair trade company in Myanmar certified by EcoCert Fair For Life.

Phongsaly Green Tea Factory – Green and Red Tea from Laos

From Phongsaly, The Land of the Natural and Ancient Tea

About Phongsaly Green Tea Factory

Phongsaly Green Tea Factory was established in 2007 and being one of the biggest tea processing factories in Laos. The Factory is located in Phongsaly province which is the most-northern part of Laos of which 90.9% is of high mountainous topography and situated in the highly productive tea growing area of the country with an average elevation of 1,183.5 m, average temperatures of between 14.6 °C and 23.2 °C.

About Phongsaly Green Tea Factory Tea

Tea from Phongsaly has received patronage due to its commitment to the high-quality of tea products and taste. Additionally, many of the tea trees in Phongsaly are over 400 years old and this has made tea in Phongsaly more unique.

Certificates

Customers recognized Phongsaly tea through its unique rich and sweet taste as a good quality tea of Laos. Moreover, their tea products have been certified by the international control body – ECOCERT as EU Organic and Fair for Life, and also registered as the National One District One Product of the country (ODOP).

Somnuek Laothang Tea Factory – Green and Red Tea from Laos

About Somnuek Laothang Tea Factory

Somnuek Laothang Tea Factory was established in 2014. The factory has been closely working with more than 150 tea farmers (families) in several villages at Phongsaly Province in the far north of Laos. Specially in Phongsaly, tea usually grows on trees in the mountainous hinterlands about 1,200 to 1,600 meters height and tea leaves are picked at the high altitudes leading to excellent quality tea leaves.

About Somnuek Laothang Tea Factory Tea

Their focus is mainly on selection of high-quality tea leaves through tea grading and standard processing in order to ensure that customers experience high quality tea from Phongsaly and Laos.

Special offer of tea products from the Factory is comprised of processed tea from 400 years old ancient tea trees in Phongsaly province, with smoothly unique taste.

Certificates

Their tea products have been internationally certified by ECOCERT as EU Organic and Fair for Life standard since 2018, and GMP by Lao FBB. Also, at the country, their products have been registered as the National One District One Product of Laos (ODOP)

Taw Win KanBawZa Mountain Company Limited – Black and Red Tea from Myanmar

About KBZ Mountain

KBZ Mountain is a producer, distributor and exporter of Myanmar tea products align with the local and international standards. This family business was established 40 years ago and the company has been distributing tea and coffee products with different brand names since then.

Taung Thu Gyi

This time they are promoting the brand  “Taung Thu Gyi” which means “Local Farmers” in Burmese. All their products are sourced from the rural areas: Ye Chan Pyin Village, Ywaman Township, Southern Shan State which has well-reserved ecosystem and locates at 5,000 ft above sea level. The weather condition and soil fertility of  Ywar Ngan Township are a right fit for the high quality production of tea and coffee. In addition, tea leaves from single bushes are plucked. 

In collaborating with the local organic farmers group, they are operating a fair and equitable business model for the “Taung Thu Gyi” brand aiming to upgrade the food safety, sustainability concepts and to uplift the livelihood of local farmers. This collaboration could contribute to sustain the natural resources, enrich the conservative agriculture knowledge, increase the income of local ethical community (Da-Nu) and create job opportunity for women.

Certificates

Control Union: Organic Production Methods Organic EU

Recommended International Code of Practice, General Principles of Food Hygiene, CAC/RCP 1-1969, REV.4 (2003)

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System and Guidelines for its Application, annex to CAC/RCP 1-1969, REV.4 (2003)

Green Acres Cassava Flour from Ghana

Green Acres Farms is a farmers’ cooperative since 10 years. They employ a farmer cooperative framework to include the local farmers as partners in the organisation. They are active in the community collaborating with government bodies and individuals to empower and enrich the lives of local communities. The company is committed to the local development with three main objectives:
1. To improve income of small scale farmers through direct employment and livelihood interventions.
2. To create market linkages for farmers so they can their produce at fair prices.
3. To train farmers on improved methods of cassava processing to enable them to add value to their produce and access export markets.

Green Acres has more than 6 years experience in the business of cultivating, processing and marketing of cassava products. Other products include Gari, High quality Cassava flour, dry Cassava chips and industrial starch. Green Acres is located at South Tongu District, Hikpo, off Dabala junction, in the Volta Region of Ghana. It contracts out-growers, providing these with planting material and training and has some processing facilities and warehouses. The company sells locally but also exports. Green Acres have previously exported cassava products (gari/cassava flakes) to the UK.

Certificates

Organic

Elpis Distribution International

Elpis Distribution International is a Burkina Faso company specialised in the country’s traditional and processed products. It works with several women associations both in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. The vision of the company is to contribute to the development of the country by offering healthy products, with high qualities within the reach of all companies. It also contributes to poverty reduction, particularly by focusing on the employment of women. Elpis has two main objectives. First, give these small producers an opportunity by connecting them with buyers who offer more attractive terms of sale. Second, form alliances with actors so that the associations can increase their production capacity. For the supply of organic sesame the company works with the GIE BIOPROTECT B. This group consists of 2171 certified organic sesame producers with several production areas in Burkina Faso. GIE BIOPROTECT B benefits from the technical support of ARFA. Most sesame is currently exported to France.

Certificates
Elpis sesame seeds are certified organic by ECOCERT.

High Basin and Cascade Shea Butter Producers Network (RPBHC)

The High Basin and Cascade Shea Butter Producers Network (RPBHC) in Burkina Faso is a charity created in July 2008. It now has more than 14,000 individual members (96% women and 54% young people) federated around 344 basic cooperatives. It aims to promote the economic, social and cultural empowerment of women and young people through the promotion of high value-added sectors, focusing on the shea sector. It has enshrined its development policy around an integrated and sustainable business model that takes into account the three components of sustainable development (economic, socio-community and environmental). RPBHC currently employs more than 200 employees, 74% of women and 79% of young people. To ensure the sustainability of the shea resource and with support of techical partners, RPBHC is developing a series of management and environmental protection activities:
1.Sanitary pruning, already over 1200 trees pruned.
2.Grafts, more than 810 shea trees grafted.
3.The establishment of shea nurseries, more than 42,000 plants in nurseries.
4.Assisted natural regeneration, more than 400 assisted plants.

Certificates
1.Natural Organic Program (NOP) for the US market
2.European Union (EU) for the European market and AB for the French market
3.Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) for the Asian market

Fair for Life
1.Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) standard in 2020
2.Certified by ABNORM under the NBF label

MARKET ANALYSIS

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COMPLIANCE

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MARKET ENTRY

Suppliers in emerging countries face challenges in (international) market access. We support businesses and support organisations in developing market entry strategies. We build their capacity to implement these strategies. We tailor our work to the client’s ambitions, specific objectives, and export experience and capacities. Besides, we help companies find their best match in local, regional or international markets.