Agriculture

Golden superfood berries

Terrafertil is the global market leader in the processing of physalis

A fruity garnish or a healthy snack: A company in Ecuador is successfully marketing the Cape gooseberry as a superfood.

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Ecuador and Colombia have flourishing export industries thanks to the countries’ natural resources and fertile land.

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Physalis – also known as Cape gooseberries – grow here: These incredibly healthy orange berries originate from the Andes.

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The Ecuadorian company Terrafertil has been processing physalis to produce dried ‘goldenberries’ since 2007.

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Using a patented process, the same berries are used to produce both dried fruit and juice.

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Terrafertil purchases the fruit from smallholder farmers in the Andes region of Ecuador and Colombia.

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A green alternative: Large quantities of physalis can be grown without harming the environment

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The cultivation of Cape gooseberries pays off: Smallholder farmers can generate 70% more income than with other produce.

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Terrafertil works with local cooperatives that group together further smallholder farmers.

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In view of the high level of demand, Terrafertil also produces its own crops of physalis –using organic methods. All of its suppliers are now also learning the best organic cultivation methods.

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Terrafertil is today the world’s leading producer of goldenberries and it processes 100 tonnes of the berries each week.

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Terrafertil distributes its products through large supermarket chains and is promoting healthy eating with locally grown produce.

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The company exports its products all over the world and is experiencing exponential growth: In 2016, it generated sales of USD 7.5 million.

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Terrafertil has been working with responsAbility since 2013 – half of the USD 11 million invested in the new production plant in Colombia came from investment funds managed by responsAbility.

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Mauricio Jibaja from responsAbility explains: “Terrafertil is operating profitably and sustainably – creating an attractive investment opportunity in the Latin American agricultural sector.”

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Read our investment case ‘Goldenberries from Ecuador and Colombia’ to find out how Terrafertil is conquering the world with superfood berries and aims to double its sales by 2021.

Read our investment case ‘Goldenberries from Ecuador and Colombia’ to find out how Terrafertil is conquering the world with superfood berries and aims to double its sales by 2021.

Read our investment case ‘Goldenberries from Ecuador and Colombia’ to find out how Terrafertil is conquering the world with superfood berries and aims to double its sales by 2021.