ESSA celebrates 10th anniversary of the association
In early October, the European Sprouted Seeds Association (ESSA) held its Annual Event 2021 in a digital format, celebrating the Association’s 10th anniversary as a network of the sprouted seeds industry. The Annual Event, which was this year open to all interested food business operators, reflected on the sector’s journey and achievements since the EHEC crisis in 2011 and brainstormed on the impact of the EHEC crisis on the sector and future policy developments, which are needed to support the growth and recognition of the sector. The event also focused on a number of matters related to sustainability, such as the objectives of the Farm to Fork Strategy and European and national plastics packaging policy.
The sessions involved two guest speakers, who provided a critical overview to the sector on the European and national plastics packaging policy as well as on sustainable and innovative agriculture in controlled environments. The speaker line-up included Freshfel Europe Director Sustainability & Health Nicola Pisano and co-founder and secretary general of FarmTech Society Thomas Zoellner.
This year’s Annual Event covered a wide variety of topics from achievements of the sector over the last 10 years, sustainability, to future priorities of the sector. The Annual Event 2021 was also the end of the mandate for Michal Stanek (Uniflora, Poland) who was a Board member of the Association for 5 years, out of which 3 years was in the role of the President of the Association.
During the event Michal Stanek said: “Since the establishment of ESSA in 2011, ESSA members have been working hard first to save the industry following the EHEC crisis, then to support the industry in order to make it better and stronger and recognised. The sector needs to keep working on further improvements within the sector. So far ESSA has been focusing on food safety issues, however while going through the crisis ESSA has also engaged in a broader spectrum of topics, such as becoming a front-runner in crisis prevention and management”.