PhytoTrade Africa

PhytoTrade Africa is a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping poor rural communities in Southern Africa by developing ethical and sustainable trade in natural products. We represent producers in eight Southern African countries: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. In July 2008 PhytoTrade Africa and its partners led the way with gaining EU Novel Foods Regulation approval for the powder and extract, and have cleared the way in the US by achieving GRAS status for the powder.

Afriplex is a South African company specialising in the environmentally and socially responsible manufacture of African plant extracts, aromas and flavours. Established in 2001, the company operates internationally in nutrition, food and health from its state-of-the-art facilities close to Cape Town.

TreeCrops is a member of PhytoTrade Africa and currently our main supplier of baobab. Based in Lilongwe, Malawi, the company specialises in ethical and sustainable products from indigenous plants in Malawi’s natural woodlands. Click here to find out more about the business behind baobab.

Vital Solutions works globally in the field of natural ingredients for use in food, dietary supplements and cosmetics.Vital Solutions has a strategic partnership with PhytoTrade Africa to focus on new product developments in Southern African countries. The aim is to evaluate additional applications for traditionally used food plants that have sufficient supply capacity.

impag group

IMPAG GROUP is an independent and internationally-oriented solution provider and specialist for food ingredients from Africa, supporting product developments from first concepts to the market launch.

IMPAG has long-term partnerships with suppliers from all over the world, which develop qualitative and innovation oriented solutions. IMPAG’s role is to offer scientific and marketing advice as well as technical support and to design solutions for the European Market considering the national regulations and specific client requirements. IMPAG offers all around solutions, supporting its clients with marketing- and product concepts.


Sanghyon is sales agent representing foreign suppliers like Cognis, Chr. Hansen in Korea and works in the field of natural ingredients for use in food, dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals.

Sanghyon is in partnership with PhytoTrade Africa and is in charge of sales of PhytoTrade’s ingredients in Korea.