Organic Processing and Trade Association


May 20, 2019
For immediate release
Last week, the Organic Processing and Trade Association Europe (OPTA) welcomed six new members at the Open Dialogue Day event in Ungurpilis, Latvia. The new members are excited to join OPTA’s mission to strengthen the organic sector in Europe. With a total of 18 members across 6 countries, OPTA is proud to bring together and represent the main players in the organic processing and trade sector in Europe.

Last week, OPTA organized an Open Dialgue day in Ungurpilis, Latvia. At this meeting, OPTA welcomed six new member companies (Balkanfruit, Berrico FoodCompany, Spack, Global Organics, Organic Flavor Company and Rhumveld). The new companies recognize the potential of OPTA to improve cooperation within the organic sector, support organic policy making in Brussels and encourage uniform interpretation of the organic legislation.

During the Open Dialogue Day, the OPTA members discussed solutions and improvements for several key issues in the organic sector, such as import regulations, supply chain management and dealing with residue cases. To support this dialogue, OPTA had invited independent experts from FiBL, IFOAM and EOCC to share insights and to lead the discussions.

The Open Dialogue Day took place in Ungurpilis, Latvia, at the Headquarters of Aloja- Starkelsen, one of the founding members of OPTA. The Open Dialogue Day follows an earlier workshop organized by OPTA at the Biofach fair in Nuremberg, Germany. These workshops are part of OPTA’s effort to bring together the main players in the organic processing and trade sector to share their expertise. The next OPTA workshop will be held during the SANA exhibition (September 6-9, Bologna, Italy). If you are interested to join this workshop, please contact us at

About OPTA
OPTA was founded in 2017 by a group of industry leaders in the organic processing and trade sector. OPTA works together with its members to share expertise, to encourage uniform interpretation of the organic legislation and to support EU policy making, with the aim of strengthening the organic sector.

OPTA Members are:
Aboca S.p.a. Società Agricola (Italy), Balkanfruit GmbH (Bulgaria), Berrico FoodCompany B.V. (The Netherlands), De Groene Weg/Vion (The Netherlands), DO-IT BV (The Netherlands), EOSTA (The Netherlands), Freiland Puten Fahrenzhausen (Germany), Global
Organics B.V. (The Netherlands), Green Organics (The Netherlands), Gruppo Fileni (Italy), Hipp (Germany), La Sanfermese Spa (Italy), L.D.C. (France), Organic Flavor Company B.V. (The Netherlands), Rhumveld Winter & Konijn B.V. (The Netherlands), SIA Aloja Starkelsen (Latvia), The Organic Factory (Italy), Spack ( the Netherlands), Toppas (The Netherlands), Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. (The Netherlands), and Ulrich Walter GmbH (Germany).

Press Contact:
Benedetta Merlo
Association Manager
Corso Europa 24 – 20010 Inveruno (MI)
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