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Organic Processing and Trade Association “OPTA” established
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Picture (begins left): Dr. Alexander Beck (AöL e.V.), Bavo van den Idsert (Bionext), Stefan Mutter (Freiland Puten Fahrenzhausen), Marco dal Sasso (The Organic Factory), Jan Groen (Green Organics), Massimo Fileni (Grupo Fileni), Paolo Frigati (The Organic Factory), Gerard Versteeg (Tradin Organic Agriculture), Johannes Doms (Hipp), Jacopo Gabriele Orlando (Aboca S.p.a. Società Agricola), Volkert Engelsman (EOSTA), Janis Garancs (SIA Aloja Starkelsen), Ronald van Marlen (Toppas), Christian Geis (Ulrich Walter), Claudio Rochietta (The Organic Factory), Karst Kooistra (Tradin Organic Agriculture) and Andrea Pelladoni (La Sanfermese Spa)
The Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) was founded in Milano on June 7th 2017 by active processors and traders working toward an organic sustainable food system in Europe.
“The goal of our new founded association is to empower the progress of organic food and farming in Europe in close cooperation with our customers, the organic farmers and other partners of the organic supply chain”, said board member Karst Kooistra (Tradin Organic). The 15 founding companies from several EU countries are convinced that OPTA will stimulate the further innovation and quality development of organic products, based on the organic principles as set up by the organic movement: Ecology, Health, Care and Fairness. “I will work toward an efficient extension of organic food and farming systems to make its sustainable benefits available for everybody”, said Board member Paolo Frigati (The Organic Factory).
“Our aim is to present us as a relevant economical player and a competent organization towards policy-makers and other stakeholders in Brussels”, said Board member Johannes Doms (Hipp). “By that,” Board member Janis Garancs (Aloja Starkelsen) adds, “food quality is central. To ensure and further strengthen the processed based holistic quality approach for food and human nutrition is my mission.”
The targets of the OPTA will be reached by the exchange of opinions and experience among the members of the association, Publications, Positions for the preparation of relevant regulation and norms and Public relations. “The new association will work closely with already established organic lobby organization at national and European level. A close collaboration is intended with IFOAM EU Group,” said the fifth Board member Volkert Engelsman (EOSTA).
OPTA has the ambition to become the leading organization for organic processing and trading in Europe. OPTA invites all companies dedicated to organic trade and processing to join.
OPTA-Founding members are:
Aboca S.p.a. Società Agricola (Italy), De Groene Weg/Vion (The Netherlands), DO-IT BV (The Netherlands), EOSTA (The Netherlands), Freiland Puten Fahrenzhausen (Germany), Green Organics (The Netherlands), Gruppo Fileni (Italy), Hipp (Germany), La Sanfermese Spa (Italy), L.D.C. (France), Ulrich Walter GmbH (Germany), SIA Aloja Starkelsen (Latvija), The Organic Factory (Italy), Toppas (The Netherlands), Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. (The Netherlands).