The Economist on the effects of the quinoa boom

Few stories have dominated the public perception about a food item more persistently than the 2013 article in the Guardian titled: ‘Can Vegans Stomach the Unpalatable Truth about Quinoa.’ The Economist now takes on the claim that increasing demand by western ‘food fadsters’ is driving the population in Peru and Bolivia into poverty and undernourishment. … Read moreThe Economist on the effects of the quinoa boom

New CBI factsheet quinoa in Europe published

The CBI factsheet published in December 2015 gives a bird’s eye view of the European quinoa market and opportunities for exporters. Based on trade data until May 2015, the study suggests that import growth is flattening out and consumption and imports are spreading from early adopters to other European countries. The claim that consumption may … Read moreNew CBI factsheet quinoa in Europe published

Spotted: Dutch Quinoa in Flevo Polder near Lelystad

Quinoa was spotted in the reclaimed land of the Dutch Flevo Polder: another sign that quinoa is moving out of the original production zone of the Andes mountains. The Flevo Polder is a highly productive agricultural area with a mathematical lay-out, reclaimed from the sea in the 1950s and 1960s. Photos courtesy of Frank Tel … Read moreSpotted: Dutch Quinoa in Flevo Polder near Lelystad

Challapata Market Price Service Discontinued

Recent developments have diminished the relevance of the Challapata market for the export prices of quinoa. At Mercadero we have therefore decided to discontinue the Challapata price service, following the suggestion of our informants. There are two main reasons for this: both quality and price of quinoa traded at Challapata are no longer representative for … Read moreChallapata Market Price Service Discontinued

Quinoa: high potential crop for Dutch farmers in ‘de Betuwe’

Published in De Gelderlander, 27 januari 2015 Returns of wheat cultivation are low for Dutch farmers, which makes it attractive to try alternative crops like quinoa. Farmers in ‘de Betuwe’, consider quinoa a crop with high potential, because the demand is high. They know that they take a risk when they grow quinoa, but they … Read moreQuinoa: high potential crop for Dutch farmers in ‘de Betuwe’

Award for Quinoa Project in China, Vietnam and Chile

From Plant Research International, 3 September 2014 The Wageningen UR project ‘Salt tolerant Quinoa for food in China, Vietnam and Chile’ has received a major prize. The quinoa project is one of the winners of the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge. The prize is awarded to researcher Robert van Loo during the World Water … Read moreAward for Quinoa Project in China, Vietnam and Chile

With CBI and 25 companies at SIAL 2014

In my role of coach of SMEs from Bolivia and Pakistan, Mercadero will be present at SIAL 2014, the leading European trade fair for food products. Check out the companies exhibiting with us at http://naturalingredientsupplier.com/. This year no less than 25 supported companies present a variety of products, including the superfoods chia and quinoa, natural … Read moreWith CBI and 25 companies at SIAL 2014

CBI’s Quinoa Scenarios

Since the beginning of the year, CBI (Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries) in collaboration with Mercadero and ProFound have been working on developing and assessing the possible future scenarios for the quinoa sector. Is quinoa continuing to be praised as a “superfood” which provides a better income for producers and a … Read moreCBI’s Quinoa Scenarios

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