WHO WE ARE
Organic Processing and Trade Association Europe (OPTA) represents industry leading, EU-based organic processing and trade companies.
Stefan Hipp – OPTA EU President
Stefan Hipp is shareholder and CEO of the organic baby food producer HiPP. A studied agronomist, Stefan Hipp is also an organic farmer and owns an organic retail company. The HiPP Group has production sites in five European countries and sells its organic products all across the European Union. In order to strengthen organic trading and processing companies in the EU, Stefan Hipp serves as President of the Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA EU) since 2020.
Bavo van den Idsert – OPTA EU Association Manager
Bavo van den Idsert (1960) entered in 1987, after his study Dutch language and literature, at the organic company Natudis as manager communication and promotion. In 1999 he started as Association manager of BioNederland, the Dutch association of organic trade and processing companies. Besides this function he was during 2004-2011 responsible as manager for the Foundation “Promotiebureau Biologische Speciaalzaak”, that supported the professionalization and promotion of Dutch specialized organic shops. In the years 2011-2019 he was director of the Dutch organic umbrella organization Bionext and board member of IFOAM EU. Since the start of OPTA he was involved and since spring 2020 he is association manager of OPTA. Besides OPTA he is active in some special organic projects in the area of true pricing.
Manuel Hutten is QA Manager of Eosta B.V. “Nature and More”. A qualified food technologist specialized in primary organic fruits and vegetables since 2009.
Eosta is an international distributor of fresh organic and fair fruits and vegetables, with a focus on overseas fruit and greenhouse crops. We want to contribute to healthy food, a sustainable environment and social responsibility.
Janis Garancs is Managing Director and shareholder of the organic functional ingredient producer Aloja Starkelsen from Latvia. As food chemist, Janis Garancs is experienced organic foodstuff development and processing expert in very wide range of different food industries. Aloja Starkelsen focus on development of brand new technical organic food processing solutions based on the European Union origin crops and is market leader in several areas. Aloja Starkelsen led by Janis Garancs was one of founders of the Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA EU) and stands for strong development of organic trading and processing sector in the EU.
Karst Kooistra is Sourcing director at Tradin Organic Agriculture.
Karst Kooistra is a distinguished international expert on organic agriculture, carrying an MSc Organic Agriculture from Wageningen University, and using over 15 years of practical experience throughout the organic sector. Within Tradin Organic, he is responsible for the development of new organic sources, the technical support program, strategic alliances & sustainability.
Katia Ziegler is member of the Board of Directors, Public Safety, Head of infrastructure and gervernmental food safety at PRONATEC.
We believe that the organic food and farming industry plays a vital role in facilitating the transfer to a sustainable food system. This requires an influential and efficient organic supply chain with active operators.
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The multi-values-included organic food and farming system is able to facilitate the transfer to a sustainable food system. The current food and farming system is showing its limits. What we need is a powerful organic supply chain with active processors and traders working toward an organic sustainable food system in Europe. For that, the “Organic Processing and Trade Association” for Europe was founded in Milano on June 7th 2017.OUR STATUTEPRESS RELEASE
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