Christmas is just a few weeks away and as usual, it is a busy period for the exotic fruit trade. “The demand is booming. I have a lot of new contracts and I've already sold 24 tons this month,” reports Véronique Ama Eggley, manager of BioPerfect, wholesaler of organic exotic fruits and vegetables.
The main products of BioPerfect are pineapples, papayas, avocados and lemons. According to Véronique, pineapples are the most popular. “Pineapples sell more than the other fruits because they are known to everyone. I try to promote the papaya consumption but the product is still unknown and its consumption limited.”
A few weeks ago, Véronique went to Togo to visit the fields where the products offered by BioPerfect are grown. “We can still increase our production. We are able to produce all the products requested by our clients, including products that we do not offer yet.”
Besides fruits, the Togo producers of BioPerfect produce curcuma and tamarind, which is used to make juice.
A new factory
BioPerfect is in full development. Véronique is currently setting up a factory in Togo in order to process mangos, pineapples and bananas into dried or frozen products. “A year and a half ago, a large French group asked me if I could offer frozen products. I wanted to seize this opportunity and decided to set up a factory.”
All the fruits and vegetables sold by BioPerfect are imported from West Africa, especially from Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Senegal. The company is located in Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône. Véronique is looking for a partnership with a large German or French group. “It will be convenient to have someone in the countries of sale to manage commercial affairs.”