Introducing IFOAM EU’s new interest group: the Interest Group for Organic Retailers (IGOR)
The first official meeting of the Interest Group of Organic Retailers (IGOR) took place on 26 September in Vienna.
Setting up this group gives organic retailers the opportunity to speak with one voice when confronted with the decision-making process at EU level, as well as enabling its members to share best practices and other information among each other. Last but not least, the creation of the IGOR empowers IFOAM EU as the whole supply chain is now more legitimately represented within the association.
During this first meeting members shared their experiences at national level and discussed about relevant topics for the sector such as precisely defining what specialised organic retailers actually are and how they operate. -Companies and associations present at this first meeting were: Biogast (Austria), Färm (Belgium), Synadisbio (France), BNN (Germany), Dennree (Germany), Naturata (Luxembourg), Biowinkelvereniging (the Netherlands), Bionext (the Netherlands) and Ecovalia (Spain). EcorNaturaSi (Italy) is part of the group but could not be present at the last moment.
This is the third interest group that has been established within IFOAM EU, after the Interest Group for Organic Processors and Traders (IGOP) and the Interest Group for Organic Farmers (IGOF).
This event is co-financed by the European Union, under the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The sole responsibility for this communication lies with IFOAM EU. The EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.