IFOAM EU is very thankful to its financial supporters.
Key supporters 2017
Their additional support strengthens IFOAM EU by supporting our functional work.
Green Organics is a dynamic service provider operating internationally in the processing and cultivating of organic potatoes, fruit and vegetables. Green Organics has a clear mission. We want to stimulate further the growing demand for high quality organically grown fruit and vegetable products, and by so doing make our own contribution as the specialist. Our principles are the formation and expansion of sustainable relationships and the overseeing of the entire production chain.
Wessanen’s mission is Healthier food, Healthier people, Healthier planet. Our vision is to become European Champion in Healthy and Sustainable Food. Our fundamental belief is that food that is good for us is also good for the planet – and vice versa. We focus on products that are in line with our four pillars of sustainability – organic, vegetarian, fair trade, nutritional.
We have operations in The Netherlands, France, The UK, Germany and Italy and our brands our sold in Supermarkets as well as Health Food Stores. Many well known brands are part of our family, for example Bjorg, Bonneterre, Alter Eco, Zonnatura, Allos, Clipper, Kallo. Whole Earth, Tartex and now also Isola Bio. With revenues of more than €500 million and about 850 people Wessanen is one of the biggest companies in Organic in Europe.
We believe that IFOAM EU is an essential partner in making Organic more and more successful in Europe. And in this way to making our food, people and planet healthier. We are proud to be a main sponsor of IFOAM EU.
The Dutch company ARIZA, specializing in organic and conventional fruit and vegetable products, is one of the main private sponsors of IFOAM EU Group in the year 2013. ARIZA has nearly 20 years of experience in organic products and handles more than 60.000 tonnes of organic fruit and vegetables every year.
Ronald van Marlen, Director of ARIZA, explains the partnership of IFOAM EU Group and ARIZA with the following: Being daily active in business I sincerely believe that the future of organic is more and more a matter of building bridges; between consumers and companies, between concepts( agricultural, social, environmental) and for sure between business and research. Therefore we cherish the IFOAM EU team as being our research experts-lobbyists. We see IFOAM EU Group as a platform for knowledge exchange towards organic business, with its focus towards the future.
More information on ARIZA can be found at: www.ariza.nl.
Bio Suisse is a private-sector organization. It is the federation of Swiss organic farmers. This umbrella organization counts 32 organic farmers' associations among its members, as well as the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL. BioSuiise strives for common and uniform standards for agriculture and processing.
Organic produce carrying the Bud label (German: Knospe) has a market share in Switzerland of about 60%. More than 800 processing and trade companies have a licence contract with Bio Suisse to use the label.
DO-IT is a leading company with import and export of 100% Organic Food Ingredients and Consumer Goods. Sourcing and trading raw materials, DO-IT cooperates with partners in agricultural projects and operates with a world wide network of suppliers and buyers. This all comes together in the food industry where DO-IT supplies quality organic raw materials, consumer packaging for private label and advise on industrial use.
DO-IT believes it can contribute towards a sustainable world through organic farming and trading in organic commodities and consumer brands. It aims at quality certified organic products, premium quality for the farmer's life and preservation of the earth for future generations.
ecoco BioHandel & Marketing is a small company trading solely in organic grains and animals. We take pride in our special supplier-customer relationship. Therefore we are constantly involved in cooperative processes with our farmers and our clients to enhance the use of organic products throughout Europe.
The work of IFOAM EU is very important to us. We are very thankful to all the people at IFOAM who are engaged in enhancing the security of the framework of organic production and trading in Europe and the world. This is essential to our business.
Naturland farmers and processors have been ground-breaking global pioneers for over 30 years. The world’s first ever conversion to organic agriculture of tea gardens in Sri Lanka and India in the 1980s was the prelude to our successful work on an international scale. Currently 38,000 farmers in 44 countries manage an area of some 320,000 hectares according to the Naturland standards. To Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices and experience with the courage to adopt new approaches.
With over 35 years of experience in Pure Organic Tastes, Organic Flavour Company offers a broad line of organic (herbal) teas under the Piramide and Natural Temptation retail brands. In addition to that, it offers for industrial purposes a comprehensive assortment of organic herbs, spices and seasonings for use in many applications. Thanks to its projects and direct sourcing in origin, organic quality, integrity and availability is guaranteed.
Certifications range from BRC (A-level), EU organic, NOP, Bio Suisse, Demeter, Kosher to Fairtrade.
Founded in 1991, Aloja Starkelsen Ltd. is a Latvian-Swedish joint venture company and the first food enterprise in Latvia with foreign capital. Potato starch factories have been operating in the Northern part of Latvia close to the town of Aloja since 1937, and Aloja Starkelsen has inherited the valued traditions, knowledge and expertise from the region. Today Aloja Starkelsen Ltd. is a subsidiary company of Swedish Lyckeby Culinar.
In 2009 Aloja Starkelsen began producing organic potato starch, and during the past few years the production has grown rapidly. This is connected to strong relationships between the factory and the organic farmers in Latvia and Estonia. In 2011 Aloja Starkelsen Ltd started cooperation with Finnish Finnamyl Ltd under organicpotatostarch.com in order to develop together production and marketing of organic potato starch. European production of organic potato starch is now at a level where customers can rely on constant and sufficient availability of good quality and reasonably priced organic potato starch.
"We believe in the future of organic farming and connect our future development with it very closely. As IFOAM EU demonstrates the competence and organises a wide range of fruitful activities, we fully trust and highly support IFOAM EU's work for the develpment of the organic mindset withing the European community."
Probios, the Italian leader in the distribution of vegetarian organic foods, has been promoting the cultivation of raw materials with respect for humans and nature for 40 years and for many years has also been creating and marketing product lines suitable for people who need to follow special diets.
Probios was founded with the conviction that selling organic products is not only a reason for doing business, but also promotes behaviour that contributes to improving our world. In fact, buying this type of products means choosing companies that demand careful selection of the growing methods of the raw materials and do not accept the use of weedkillers, parasiticides, chemical and synthesised fertilizers and genetically modified organisms that pollute our earth, water and air.
"Improve the life quality of the human beings and the planet, spreading the culture of an organic vegetarian diet to create wellness, with tasty and quality products”
Probios, with its 40 years experience, offers an exclusive range of products, combining the research and selection of organic raw materials to the attention on creating balanced recipes, to offer its consumers healthy yet tasty products
“Organics with love”, Rapunzel's slogan, articulates its belief that foods that are healthy and holistic in an ethereal sense can only be cultivated, produced and processed by healthy, happy people. Only people who do well themselves, who do not have to fight for daily survival can muster the necessary diligence and affection that is needed for the production of healthy foodstuffs - food that does not only fill one’s stomach but that is beneficial to one’s well-being.
For that reason Rapunzel considers the welfare of all those people who participate in the making of a food product. Starting with the farmers who stand at the beginning of the value chain, the employees who work for its suppliers and all the way to the Rapunzel staff that is responsible for the processing, packaging, storage and logistics of our food products.
The underlying base for all this are fair and adequate prices that Rapunzel pays and that create adequate value at all levels. Frequent visits to its farmers and upstream suppliers – including those who are no HAND IN HAND partners – provide Rapunzel insights into local conditions and help to establish authentic social contacts.
The Sipal range is unique in the organic sector thanks to the variety of processed raw materials and the natural production process. It allows the characteristics of the raw materials (minerals, taste, colour, etc.) to be preserved to the maximum and allows a more natural labelling: ‘non refined rice syrup‘ instead of ‘sugar’ or ‘glucose syrup’.
The Sipal range offers more than 25 organic concentrates in liquid or dehydrated form: rice syrups, oat syrups, spelt syrup, barleymalt syrups, wheat syrups, manioc syrups, corn syrup, dates syrup, figs syrup & prunes syrup.
The products fulfil a variety of functional properties: sweetness, viscosity, coating, natural colour, cereal flavour, fruity flavour, crispness, etc
The various syrups can enhance all your products with cereals and fruit in many different sectors: cereal -based products (biscuits, cookies, bars, breakfast foods, crackers, snacks, etc), drinks, desserts, yoghurts, baby-food, fruit preparations, confectionery, diet products, etc.
Certifications : EU Organic, Kosher, Clean label, GMO-free, Gluten-free, free from allergens, Baby food, FSSC 22000 & ISO 9001.
Suolo e Salute is a private Inspection and Certification Body operating in food and environment sector. It has its origin as an association, (Associazione Suolo e Salute), which was established in 1969 in Turin and it was specialised in the promotion of organic agriculture. Authorised by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry since 1992 for inspections and certification in organic farming and production (Reg. CE 834/07). Suolo e Salute can certify organic product to be exported to foreign countries where the organic market is growing: it has JAS accreditation for Japan, COR for Canada. It can operate according to Bio-Suisse standards (Gemma – Switzerland), AB France and KRAV (Sweden). In cooperation with recognised and accredited inspection bodies, Suolo e Salute can certify organic production to be exported to Brasil and China.
Suolo e Salute is present all over Italy: the legal and administrative office is in Fano (Marche), the technical office is in Bologna (Emilia Romagna); other thirteen regional offices from Piemonte to Sicily, from Veneto to Sardinia, operate in the main Italian regions. 80 employees and consultants and more than 270 technical inspectors (agronomists, vets, agrotechnicians) work for Suolo e Salute. Their work results in more than 15.000 inspections per year and more than 1.200 organic products samples analyzed in laboratories.
Real, good food for everyone!
TerraSana produces real organic food that makes you happy. We’ve been making and importing products that are truly nutritional for over 35 years, so we know what we’re talking about. We only make what we feel in our heart is right. Our products are good for your body and mind, and the world around you. Food that provides everyone with energy and puts a smile on your face. Because good food is something you want to share. That is positive eating!
With TerraSana, you know that not just the products are truly organic but also that everything is selected with the greatest care. We pay attention to and take care of quality, nature, the environment, flavour and production methods. We are always looking for the best and most responsible ingredients from all over the world. Where we can, we prepare products ourselves. Pure and honest products. You can taste and feel the goodness!
VALORITALIA is the leading company in the certification of Italian wines with a Designation of Origin (DO) and Geographical Indication (GI) and of table wines showing vine varieties and/or vintage. It certifies over 70% of Italian DO wine production. The organisation is also a Certification Body for voluntary schemes, providing certification services according to the main international standards for quality, food safety, traceability and sustainability of products and management systems. VALORITALIA develops innovative standards in response to specific objectives of positioning, development and differentiation at distribution level. Furthermore, VALORITALIA is authorized for controls on wine and on fresh and processed plant products, produced according to the organic food & farming regulation. VALORITALIA was founded in 2009 with the aim to adapt the control system to the new wine CMO.
Ziegler & Co. GmbH is based in Wunsiedel, Germany – just a stone’s throw from BioFach metropolis of Nuremberg. The company started up in 2003 with growing projects for organic quinoa and amaranth in Peru and Bolivia set up with organic farmers cooperatives by founder and director Christof Götz.
Ziegler Natural Products developed rapidly and offers today a wide range of 100% organic health food ingredients: ancient grains and future cereals (quinoa, amaranth, teff, millet, buckwheat); grains (flakes, corn-flakes, flours, bran, puffs, sprouted grains); seeds; pulses; rice in many varieties; and many others. We are specialised in the import, processing and trading of organic food ingredients from global sourcing, priority is given to direct work with rural organic farmers´ cooperatives on the one hand and audited quality standard in farming and processing on the other hand.
COATO is a cooperative agricultural enterprise located in the town of Totana (Murcia, Spain) next to the Autovía del Meditteráneo (highway) right in the Guadalentin valley, an area with an ingrained agricultural tradition.
It was founded in 1979 by 65 paprika pepper producers. Since then it has been set as one of the most important cooperatives of the sector, expanding its activity to other products (fresh fruits and vegetables, almond, oil, honey, etc.), obtaining along this trajectory the most important awards in terms of quality and sustainability.
Organic support for IFOAM EU office
IFOAM EU is truly thankful for continuous support and very generous products donations from:
From a small organic shop developed into a medium-sized family business, the Lebensbaum have been producing coffee, tea and spices the organic way for 35 years. Lebensbaum's synthesis of green core business and quality has been constantly enhanced at the company. Sustainability is part of its economic operating system and determines its core business activity.