Improving Organics: Making it happen – Digital opportunities for organic processors
Day I: Tuesday 16 January
10:00Welcome & registration 
11:00Opening plenary

A new vision and strategy for organics: How will the new generation contribute to reach the objectives of the organic sector?

The European organic sector’s vision is to have organic on every table and reach 50% land share managed under organic principles  by 2030; yet there is a gap between this vision and the current growth. How can we overcome this challenge? This session will bring together the pioneers of organics and newcomers who will share their strategies to achieve the vision.

Introductory speech on IFOAM EU Roadmap & moderation: Eduardo Cuoco - IFOAM EU Director - Presentation

Laurence Beck - Quality & OEC Director, Wessanen
Leopold Meurens - CEO, Sipal
Fabian Breisinger - Chair, AÖL Young Entrepreneurs Group
Sascha de Lint - Board Member, Bionext

12:30Organic lunch 
14:30Parallel sessions I

Organic processing & digitalization

The first round of parallel sessions will showcase practical examples of how processors use digital tools on a daily basis, either to enhance the efficiency of their production, or increase transparency. Technology also helps businesses to take steps toward greater transparency by giving the consumer access to the products’ story throughout the whole supply chain.

Introduction: George Beers - Coordinator, IOF2020 Project - Presentation 


Parallel sessions I


Improving quality of processing through digitalization

Gianni Triolli Big wine optimisation (IOF2020) - Presentation

Peter Paree and Arjan BomRemote Quality Assurance of Instrumental Analyses in the Dairy Chain (IOF2020) - Presentation

Ensuring traceability and transparency through digitalization

Matteo BalderacchiEnhanced quality certification system (IOF2020) - Presentation

Clare McDermott - Soil Association - Presentation 

 These sessions are financed by the IOF Project. The IOF project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. Grant Agreement no. 731884
16:00Coffee break 
16:40Parallel sessions II

Organic consumers: trends and perspectives

Building a solid consumer base is key for businesses. Organic operators will tell us how they developed a community of engaged consumers. We will hear about the latest trends that are booming in the organic sector as well as how the organic sector intends to develop in the coming years, where and how market players should position themselves.


Parallel sessions II

Reinventing consumer communication

Thomas Snellmann - REKO - Presentation 

Kalin Klasanov & Anita Klasanova - Roobar - Presentation


Trends and perspectives in the organic sector

Charlotte zum Vörde sive Vörding - Charlysallisfair

David Klingen - Ghee Easy - Presentation 


18:00End of day one  
Day II: Wednesday 17 January
08:30 Coffee 

The new Organic Regulation: opportunities and challenges for organic processors and traders

This session will focus on the new organic Regulation and what it will bring for trading and processing. We will discuss the novelties brought by the new Regulation (import regime, etc.)

Nicolas Verlet - Head of Unit, Organics, DG AGRI, European Commission
Michel Reynaud - Vice President, Ecocert
Alex Beck - Chair of IFOAM EU Group of Organic Processors
Ronald Van Marlen - Timeli

10:00Coffee break 
10:40Closing plenary

New business models and financial schemes to transform food and farming

This session will open up the discussion to the food system at large. It will reflect on how sustainable economies can be enforced and the role that private schemes as well as the organic sector can play in these regards.

Keynote: Lim Li Ching - IPES Network  - Presentation

Ji Young Moon - Hansalim cooperative – South Korea
Jurrien Roossien - DO-IT
Grigoris Chatzikostas - Innovation and Business Development Manager, Biosense Institute
Niels Back - Triodos

Moderation: Ronald Van Marlen - Timeli


Bavo Van den Idsert - Board Member, IFOAM EU /Director, Bionext 

12:30Walking to Bio-Beurs 
13:00Lunch at Bio-Beurs 
Free time visiting at Bio-Beurs fair





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