Programme - 4th Organic Processing Conference

Day I: November 24
11:00Welcome & registration 
12:30Opening plenary

Enhancing environmental performance: Policy & market drivers in the food system

Welcome speech: Rosa Isabel Ríos Martínez – Director of Processing and Agri-food Chains, Andalusian Region

Martín Luis Plaza - Policy Coordinator, Organics Unit, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Fancisco Javier Maté Caballero - Deputy Director of Differentiated Quality and Organic farming. Directorate-General for Agri-food Processing. Spanish Minsitry for Agriculture and Fishing, Food and Environment

Álvaro Barrera - President, Ecovalia

Alexander Beck - Chair of the Interest Group for Processors and Traders, IFOAM EU & Executive Board Member, AÖL

Laurence Beck - Director Organic Expertise Centre, Quality and R&D, Wessanen

Moderator: Eduardo Cuoco - Director, IFOAM EU

13:30Tasting lunch of organic products 
15:00Parallel sessions

Supply-chain development: Improving integrity & increasing responsibility

Arjon Kalter - Supply Chain Integrity Consultant

Eileen Clark - Supply Chain Project Manager, The Organic Herb Trading Company

Moderator: Charles Pernin - Managing Director, Synabio

Market trends: Meeting consumer demand for environmentally friendly food

Clare McDermott - Business Development Director, Soil Association

Arlend Huober - Deputy managing director, Huober Brezel GmbH & Co

Moderator: Raffaele Zanoli - Professor, Università Politecnica delle Marche

16:30Coffee break 
17:00Parallel sessions

Innovative approaches: Finding new organisational and technological solutions

Stijn Switten - Founder and CEO, De Trog

Jean-François Fairise - Chief Operating Officer, Nutribio

Moderator: Charles Pernin - Managing Director, Synabio

EU policies for market growth: Assessing benefits & risks

Robert Kaukewitsch - Policy Officer, Directorate-General for  Environment, European Commission

Nieves Espinosa - Scientific Officer, Directorate B Growth and Innovation, Circular Economy and Industrial Leadership Unit, European Commission (tbc)

Eva-Lena Rådberg - Acting Quality Manager, KRAV

Jenny Teufel - Senior Researcher on Sustainable Products & Material Flows, Oeko Institute

Moderator: Raffaele Zanoli - Professor, Università Politecnica delle Marche

18:30DinnerVisit and organic tasting dinner of organic products - Hacienda Guzmán
Day II: November 25

The new organic regulation & environmental performance requirements

Matej Hudec - Head of Unit, Agriculture and Fisheries Unit, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the European Union

Luis Martín Plaza - Policy Coordinator, Organics Unit, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Bavo van den Idsert - Rapporteur for Processing and Trade, IFOAM EU Board & Director, Bionext

Moderator: Álvaro Barrera - President, Ecovalia

10:30Coffee break 

Best practices: Improving supply-chain integrity & mitigating climate change

Roberto Pinton - Secretary-General, Assobio

Rafael Alonso Aguilera - Manager, Oro del Desierto

Jean-Marc Lévêque - Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Triballat

Moderator: Ronald van Marlen - General Director, Toppas Organic Serbia


Eduardo Cuoco - Director, IFOAM EU


Susana Díaz Pacheco - President, Andalusia region

13:00End of the conference 


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Looking for information about previous edition? Go the 3rd IFOAM EU Organic Processing Conference page