Aloja Starkelsen SIA presenting organic potato starch at Health Ingredients Europe.

The Latvian potato starch manufacturer Aloja Starkelsen SIA focuses on production of certified organic potato starch. Aloja Starkelsen is the leader company in the Baltic Organic Potato project aiming to develop organic potato cultivation in the Baltic states – mainly Latvia and Estonia. Already the project has been successful in securing the raw-material base for Aloja Starkelsen’s expanding organic potato starch production. In 2011 Aloja Starkelsen and Finnish Finnamyl Ltd entered into cooperation for expanding organic potato starch production and market. Also in Finland an increase in organic starch potato cultivation has been achieved making Aloja Starkelsen and Finnamyl together the biggest organic starch producer in Northern Europe. Organic Food Finland is responsible for marketing and selling the organic potato starch from both sources. With both Aloja Starkelsen and Finnamyl expanding their organic potato starch production customers can count on consistent, reliable and long-term supply.

Aloja Starkelsen is exhibiting at Health Ingredients Europe on 13th to 15th November 2012 in Frankfurt. Please join us there at our stand at the Organic Pavilion, stand H36.

 

Feel free to contact me for any further information:

Erkki Pöytäniemi, tel: +358 50 5505225

email: erkki (at) organic-finland.com

 

Sector Group Organic Processing and EduOFB meeting in Espoo, Finland 11.-12. June 2012

 In the beginning of June a group of key players in the international organic food processing sector arrived in Helsinki. This was due to Organic Food Finland having arranged in its turn the IFOAM EU Group SGOP (Sector Group Organic Processing) meeting in Espoo.

The participants were from AoeL, BioNext/VBP, Polska Ecologica, Synabio and the Soil Association. (Andrzej can add topics of the meeting if necessary.) Apart from the meeting the program included real Finnish smoke sauna on a lakeside in the nearby Nuuksio National Park and enjoying good food at the organic restaurants of Helsinki.
For the second day of the meeting Organic Food Finland had organised a afternoon seminar for Finnish organic industry players. The main purpose of the seminar was for key players in the Finnish organic sector to learn to know about the IFOAM EU Group activities and activities of the organic industry associations in different member states. In Finland the awareness of what kind of cooperation is necessary within the organic industry nationally and in the EU is low and therefor also participation in EU networks is low. IFOAM has only 3 members from Finland.
The legislation affecting organic products and industry is decided on the EU level. Therefore manufacturers should not wait passively what is decided in Brussels, AoeL’s Alexander Beck stressed to the Finnish seminar audience. Together with the organic industry players in other member states it is possible to have an influence already when new policies are planned.
Yvonne Henkel from AoeL went into describing the details of decision making procedures in the EU. Also she stressed that with deepening international cooperation between stake holders it is possible to bring common goals forward in the Union’s decision making. Often the best partners  for this are to be found with similar industry players in other countries.
Bavo van den Idsert, the Manager of Dutch BioNext and vice president of Ifoam EU Group, gave practical examples of the need for international cooperation in organic food processing. For example there are no recognised international practises for investigating the sources of pesticide residues in organic products or about measures that should be taken in residue cases. The risk is an inefficient control mechanism leading to erosion of consumer confidence. Therefore the industry itself has proposed guidelines within Ifoam EU Group.
The Finnish audience was able to learn about how international cooperation between players in residue cases has developed. The corner-stones of organics – traceability and transparency – can be achieved only by means of international cooperation and activity of the stake holders themselves, van den Idsert stressed.

Claire Largier from the French association Synabio highlighted in her presentation how their activities benefit their membership. On a national level development of the sector becomes more proactive and comprehensive when structures for cooperation exist in the form of an industry association. Thereby also influencing on EU and international levels becomes more efficient when everyone is aware of what is in the pipeline and it is possible to formulate a common position.

As an example of Synabio activities – which could also inspire other countries – Largier presented the Bioenteprisedurable tool for SME’s. Bioenteprisedurable enables companies to assess their activities from the point of view of different sustainability factors. Further the tool also enables the companies to communicate about the sustainability and responsibility of their activities.

Finally possibilities for Finland to participate better in international cooperation was discussed. In his presentation Erkki Pöytäniemi from Organic Food Finland highlighted different possibilities focusing mainly on the opportunity for the recently founded Pro Luomu organisation to have a role in this respect. The purpose of Pro Luomu is to develop the whole organic value chain in Finland and therefore international cooperation should be in a key position in its activities. The Manager of Pro Luomu, Marja-Riitta Kottila, was present in the seminar and was willing to study further Pro Luomu’s possibilities to be active in this field.

 

Marja Nuora and Erkki Pöytäniemi, Organic Food Finland

HI Europe 13.-15. November 2012 in Frankfurt

Aloja Starkelsen and Finnamyl will be exhibiting at Health & Natural Ingredients Europein Frankfurt in November 2012. You will find us in the Organic Pavilion in Hall 3 on stand H36. 

Hi Europe & Ni is the global meeting place for all stakeholders in the health and natural ingredients industry.

Aloja Starkelsen and Finnamyl together are leading manufacturers and suppliers of organic potato starch. Organic Food Finland is responsible for the sales and marketing for both companies. Erkki Pöytäniemi is at your disposal for any inquiries or questions.

 

Erkki Pöytäniemi

email: erkki (at) organic-finland.com

tel:+358 50 5505225

The Crispiest Bit of Finland

I wrote a posting about Rye last year and anticipated that Linkosuo will launch a range of organic flavoured Rye Crisps or Chips. Now it has happened in Germany rc_sauerrahmthrough the wholesaler Dennree. If you happen to be in Germany you can look for the Linkosuo Rye Crisps in organic supermarkets – the best bet probably is the Denns Biomarkt chain of stores.

You have the choice between Tomato, Sour-Cream-Onion and Garlic – or even better – take them all. You can grab a bag and eat them as they are or try adding some dip. The good thing is that they are much more healthy than chips and snacks usually are with organic wholemeal rye, 13% fibre and only 9% fat content.rc_tomate

Now that the products have been developed and launched on one market we are looking at taking the next steps in terms of opening other markets. I will keep you posted.

In addition to these flavored snack products Linkosuo has launched also unflavoured variants on the Finnish market – with 100 % organic wholemeal rye and also with a bit of wheat to soften the bite.

Enjoy the Rye!

Linkosuo Organic Rye Crisps brochure

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EU – USA organic partnership

For many BioFach’s main news this year was the partnership between EU and USA enabling trade between the two blocks in organic products. From the European point of view all plant based products that are certified organic in the EU can be exported to the USA with the EU certification. Almost all organic products certified in the USA can be imported into the EU with the USDA certification. For additional information see below.

A NEW PARTNERSHIP ON EU – US ORGANIC TRADE: NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUROPEAN ORGANIC FARMERS AND FOOD PRODUCERS

EU and US agree on partnership on trade in organic products 

U.S. Organic Industry Praises U.S.-EU Partnership in Organic Trade

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 126/2012

BioFach again

As we all know BioFach is the most important and intensive come-together in the organic movement and industry. BioFach 2012 is approaching at a huge speed: in less than 2 weeks most of us will be heading to Nuerenberg. For me personally it is the 13th time at BioFach – my first time was in 1995 in Frankfurt. Since 1996 I have been there as an exhibitor most of the years and pretty much stuck on the Finland joint stand since 2004. This year the situation is a bit different as I have only 2 companies from the “Organic Food Finland export group” exhibiting: Finnamyl Ltd (potato starch) and Nordic Koivu (birch sap). So I decided to be on the stand only for pre-arranged meetings and walk the show for the first time in ages. Although – looking at my calendar – it seems that I will be rushing from one meeting to an other…

Finnamyl is offering certified organic potato starch to the market – including NOP certified potato starch from Aloja Starkelsen in Latvia. We actually have some stock left but we also want to discuss the future needs of our customers and start discussions for contracting the 2012 campaign.

Nordic Koivu is offering birch sap into three different channels: for retail in the beautiful 500 ml glass bottle, for the beverage industry for developing exiting new products and for the natural and organic cosmetics industry.

Finland and Sweden are together in one joint block in Hall 1 – Stand 602 between the Danish and the French. Altogether there is some 10 companies in Finnish-Swedish block which is less than for many years. It might look like a backward development but actually the biggest single reason is probably the very positive development in those countries. The manufacturers have markets closer by! In Finland the organic market value grew over 50% in 2011 and we expect strong growth to continue through 2012.

See you all at BioFach!

Food Ingredients Europe and Natural Ingredients 29.11.-1.12.2011

FI Europe is recognised as the world’s best platform for making and maintaining contacts in the food ingredients industry. This year FIE will be held in Paris on 29th November to 1st December. For years also organic ingredients have been presented at FIE at the special Organic Pavilion where also organic potato starch from Aloja Starkelsen and Finnamyl is presented on stand  3D82 (or look for Aloja Starkelsen SIA in the Catalogue). Contact me [erkki(at)organic-finland.com] to schedule a meeting or just come and meet us on the stand.  

For further information please check our previous posting: Availability of organic potato starch secured from the Baltic-Nordic region. 

Availability of organic potato starch is secured from the Baltic-Nordic region.

(Press Release)

In the past years the availability of organic potato starch has been insufficient on the European market. This has created a bottleneck for some processed organic products where potato starch would be the natural choice ingredient. Now Aloja Starkelsen Ltd in Latvia – a subsidiary of Swedish Culinar Ltd – and Finnish Finnamyl Ltd have entered into cooperation for expanding organic potato starch production and market. Culinar in Sweden and Latvia together with Finnamyl in Finland represent about one third of the total production of organic potato starch in Europe. The production will be further increased in Latvia and Finland in the coming years securing a reliable long-term source for processors in need of organic potato starch. The native potato starch is available certified both to EU organic standards and to NOP standards for the US market.   20110811-latvia-15527

Potato starch has applications in many food products including soups and sauces, canned food, noodles and pasta, bakery products and processed meat products among others.

The organic potato starch will be presented at Culinar’s stand in the Organic Pavilion of Food Ingredients Exhibition (FIE stand 3D82 in Hall 3) in Paris on 30.11. to 1.12. and at Finnamyl’s stand in BioFach in Nuremberg in February 2012.

The sales of the organic potato starch from both Culinar and Finnamyl is taken care of by Organic Food Finland who has been responsible for sales of organic potato starch from Finnamyl since 2003. Mr Erkki Pöytäniemi at Organic Food Finland has a long experience in international organic business and export. His contact details can be found below or you can use the contact form.

www.culinar.se
www.finnamyl.fi
www.organic-finland.com

Mr Erkki Pöytäniemi
tel: +358 50 5505225
email: erkki (at) organic-finland.com