IFS “High level” Certified: We are pleased to announce that SOPRAL is IFS certified!

IFS Standards are developed for and through all involved parties in the supply chain, which would like to use uniform standards to ensure safety and quality of food and non-food products and related services.

IFS Standards help to comply with all legal food and non-food safety and quality requirements and give common and transparent standards to all concerned suppliers and service providers as well as a concrete and strong answer to the high safety and quality expectations of customers.

IFS Standards are the common internationally accepted audit standards to ensure that IFS-certified companies can deliver products or services which are in line with the defined specifications of their customers, in order to improve continuously (non) food product safety and quality for the consumers

“We are very proud of all our employees and their commitment to quality,” said Georges Geeraerts, Managing director “Our focus has always been customer satisfaction and delivery of the highest quality products and services in the industry. Being one of the first companies to receive the IFS certification in Madagascar demonstrates that Sopral continued commitment to quality in every aspect of our business.”


SOPRAL is an industrial and production company dedicated to agricultural products in Madagascar. It is specialized in spices, green pepper corns, vanilla, essential oils, processed fruits, etc. For more than 10 years of presence in Madagascar, Sopral has developed strong and long term relationships with local players, from farmers to communities.

Sopral is exporting its high quality products to Europe, North America and Asia.

Sopral is a member of BIOFIRST (www.biofirst.be), a green industrial holding developing natural products or technologies for the agriculture, healthcare, cosmetic an food sectors.

BIOFIRST is a subsidiary of FLORIDIENNE (www.floridienne.be).
Sopral is also certified Fair trade Max Havelaar and Bio Flocert for his processed Fruits production and KOSHER for his Vanilla activities.

Hi Europe & Ni Amsterdam 2,3 & 4 December 2014- The right ingredient for innovation and sourcing – Visit us at stand L84

Enzybel will be present at Hi Europe & Ni Amsterdam 2,3 & 4 December 2014- The right ingredient for innovation and sourcing – Visit us on stand L84

About Enzybel :

Enzybel International is an international leading processor and trader in natural extracts for food, pet food, nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

Enzybel International provides innovative solutions based on a technological knowledge answering to functional issues such as Natural enzymes needs: papain, bromelain, ficin and actinidin.

Enzybel’s head office is based in Waterloo (Belgium) as well as 2 manufacture plants in Belgium and Indonesia and it also has sales offices in Belgium and China (Enzymos). Sourcing are coming from Congo and Madagascar.

Biocontrol expert Sam Newsome: NutrimiteTM “a game changer” (21-10-2014)

New tool in biocontrol toolbox

Van Wingerden International started working with Biobest and biocontrol 15 years ago. Sam Newsome a grower at VWI is very familiar with the full array of biocontrol tools: beneficial insects and mites, bio-insecticides, banker plants, etc. He has been determined to continuously expand the scope for biocontrol in his crops. Biobest’s NutrimiteTM, a food supplement for predatory mites, adds a totally new product category to the biocontrol toolbox. Sam is convinced that this addition resolves a number of practical and economical bottlenecks in biocontrol. Greater scope for successful biocontrol, means more options to avoid recurring problems with chemical pest control such as residue issues and resistance of pests to chemical pesticides.

Sam Newsome: “Predatory mites have to sustain the stresses of transportation and release, then they must go after food in the crop. Without a steady food source, multiple rounds of preventative releases are necessary. With the addition of NutrimiteTM to a biocontrol program, populations of predatory mites such as A. swirskii build up much faster. We continue to do further testing to adapt our biocontrol programs, but there is a compelling logic to make sure that predators released can survive and reproduce in the crop.”

Success in miniature roses

Sam highlights the following example: ”We are using NutrimiteTM on miniature roses. We grow these year-round with minimal overhead irrigation. We do not like to apply a lot of bio-controls right before a big harvest, since most of the predators would likely be lost during that process. That means there is often a two week period between introductions. With NutrimiteTM I can help our beneficial population reproduce and stay with us during that gap and that definitely helps me sleep a little better.”

Bio beats chemistry

“Chemical options are become fewer and less effective with time. With the right level of expertise and good expert advice, biocontrol is an economical, effective and sustainable solution.” NutrimiteTM gives me more options for successful biocontrol, in terms of cost and effectiveness. It avoids wasting resources on releasing beneficials with
no perspective of successful establishment. That makes me and VWI happy. I’m sure I will continue to feed my mites on this healthy diet, and I’m excited to find out just how much it can help our bio-control operation.”


Sam’s practical recommendations: “We stayed with the recommended rate of about 200 grams per acre, using the Makita blower with Biobest’s Nutri-App attachment. At first I found it difficult to move fast enough down narrow pathways and get the fine pollen particles distributed evenly over the whole area intended. Now I mix NutrimiteTM with an inert carrier. This allows me to move steadily and spread the product evenly. We have had no problem with this approach and got great results.”

For more information contact Biobest Canada (info@biobest.ca) or Ronald Valentin (rvalentin@biobest.ca).