Position. Clarity. Consistency.

Acting out of conviction is the most convincing way to act.

Our conviction that we bear responsibility serves as the foundations of the Naturkost Group. Responsibility for the environment and for the people we live and work with.

From goal to goal. From optimisation to optimisation.

Thinking a step ahead and taking that step.

The foundations were laid for the Naturkost Group’s growth to date back in 1987 when the company Naturkost Übelhör was founded. Its clear mission was to promote organic farming globally in order to conserve our natural ecosystems. And to focus on business relations founded on fairness and respect. We have consistently pursued this approach. The result: with the founding of Naturkost Mexico and Naturkost USA and the integration of Naturkost Peru, we have grown not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively. And we continue on a path of consistent development, with optimised processes and vertical value chains …

… and with close contact with the local farmers. We serve as a partner, consultant and support during the transition of traditional farms to organic farming. And as a guarantor of fair selling prices, an initiator of jobs that comply with all social standards …

… and a discoverer of products and growing regions that enable our customers to offer their customers new products and recipes of reliable and high quality. While also offering organic farmers around the world new sales opportunities in a reliable network …

We have also long since taken the next consistent step with our own and cooperative acreage and with local enhancement and cleaning facilities. Working towards the further expansion of stable, vertical value chains that provide our customers with reliable qualities for their products. And the story continues …

What matters to us. And how we handle matters.

Our processes and standards set standards.

Learn about how we structure our processes and how we define and implement our quality standards. Ensuring that you always end up with precisely the quality you need for your products.

Discoverer. Developer. Further developer.

We have introduced chia seeds and their various possibilities to Europe.

When Christian Übelhör’s team discovered the oilseed chia on a trip to find raw materials in Mexico in 2001, it very quickly became evident that adding it to the portfolio would pay off. As chia was subject to the Novel Food Regulation, quite some time passed before Naturkost Übelhör could hold the first import licence for chia in the European Union in its hands in 2010. These days, we import chia not only from Mexico, but also from Uganda, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.

More on our chia project
Top quality. At 3,824 m.

Our quinoa project in Peru has grown continuously since 2001.

When Naturkost Übelhör began to trade in Bolivian quinoa in 1996, it soon became clear that the ‘corn of the Incas’ would become an integral part of the portfolio in next to no time. We found two experienced partners in Peru, Brucce Echenique and Kleydi Palza, who had founded the company DeGuste in 2001 and had launched their quinoa project with initially 30 farming families and a great deal of enthusiasm. Twenty years down the line, we offer more than 1,500 farmers and their families a reliable income with Naturkost Peru. Part of the Naturkost Group, Naturkost Peru is now the responsible owner of 200 ha of acreage and two factories – Planta Juliaca near Puno and Planta Chilca near Lima. Controls throughout the process chain, from cultivation, harvesting, cleaning and packaging through to the supply chain end points, enable us to guarantee consistently high quality.

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Manually harvested. Manually cracked.

From the Bolivian rainforest – naturally grown Brazil nuts.

Our Brazil nut project in Bolivia not only produces high-quality, wild-grown Brazil nuts, but also creates a stable situation locally for the people and nature. The trees which are native to the Amazon rainforest bind carbon dioxide, produce vital oxygen and prevent soil erosion with their deep-lying roots. The ripe fruits are harvested by the local gatherers from November to April and are then subjected to a strictly controlled quality process ranging from manual cracking and sorting through to cleaning. The result – high-quality Brazil nuts which are rich in valuable selenium and high-quality fats.

More on our Brazil nut project
Check. Double-check. And check again.

Maximum quality assured.

Our quality assurance processes start when we select our partners in our products’ countries of origin. We know that establishing long-lasting and trusted relationships is the key to producing outstanding quality and guaranteeing full product traceability. Continuous control measures and extensive testing processes in accredited laboratories are part of our comprehensive and rigorous QA system, which guarantees maximum product safety. For example, we wash and sterilise our gluten-free and allergen-free seeds when required and process our fresh lime and agave products in our cleaning facilities in Leutkirch and Guadalajara. Our special pressure chamber in the port of Hamburg also ensures we can protect our products against pests before they leave one of our 7,000 pallet bays. All these measures have led to us receiving a large number of certifications and glowing audit reports. And this is why we’ve been able to serve so many satisfied customers over the years who have come to rely on the exceptional quality of our products.

Certified reliability.
Our certificates are founded on a simple principle – care.

Controlled networking.
From the source through to delivery. Full service included.

Stringent monitoring of every batch.
The quality of each and every batch is checked.

First-class analysis.
Performed by accredited laboratories in Europe.

Four sites. One mission.

Firm roots established around the world.

Naturkost Übelhör

Naturkost Übelhör has been operating in the organic food sector since 1987. It has a clear mission – to promote the expansion of organic farming around the world on the basis of fair, responsible cultivation and trade. The company, which has its roots in the Allgäu in Württemberg to this day, has a workforce of 65 that sells more than 270 products internationally. Its customer base comprises the entire global organic sector.

Naturkost Peru

Naturkost Peru has stood for the high-quality cultivation, processing and export of Andean products such as quinoa, amaranth, canihua and cacao since 2001. The company maintains fair, long-term partnerships with over 1,500 farmers and operates its own factories and cleaning facilities to create a controlled, comprehensive value chain. In this way, Naturkost Peru guarantees its international customers consistently high quality.

Naturkost Mexico

Naturkost Mexico has been growing and selling organic and conventionally cultivated chia seeds since 2008. Naturkost Mexico currently harvests high-quality Sachia® chia seeds grown across acreage of more than 2,500 ha in cooperation with local farmers and operates two of its own cleaning facilities locally for the seeds’ further processing. Naturkost Mexico has won the National Agri-Food Award on the basis of its environmental, social and product standards.

Naturkost USA

Naturkost USA has been operating as a sustainable trading company in the United States since 2016. With its headquarters based in the south of the USA, the various time zones are optimally incorporated, thus guaranteeing quick and direct responses to customer needs as well as quick and direct customer communication. Naturkost USA can draw on all of the Naturkost Group’s international relations and synergies.