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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,
Wow, there has been a lot going on here at Organic Services lately. Whether it was presenting at conferences in Frankfurt and Seville or at the Organic Innovation Days in Brussels, we've been hitting the road. Not to mention the stakeholders and experts in olive oil and produce sectors we met with as well, as part of our work package in the FoodIntegrity project - we're looking forward to enjoying the upcoming holidays here in Germany. We wish you and your family all the best during the holiday season. Season's Greetings and all the best in the new year!
All the best,
Frank Gerriets & Gerald A. Herrmann
Check Organic and FIP winners at Organic Innovation Days
BIOFACH upcoming events
4th Organic Processing Conference in Seville
FoodIntegrity project update
Sourcing Organic from Ukraine 2016 in Frankfurt
The Organic Standard: PDO, PGI & TSG
Supply chain integrity with Check Organic
Group management with Group Integrity
Check Organic Client Profile: Bioland Markt
Meet us at the following conferences and fairs
Check Organic was selected as a winner, together with the FederBio Integrity Platform, of the 2016 Organic Innovations Call for the theme 'Improving the transparency of the organic value chain', hosted as part of Organic Innovation Days in Brussels earlier this month. Gerald A. Herrmann presented this winning combination in an enjoyable and interactive session with a very engaged audience. You can learn more about our organic supply chain integrity solution in the TP Organics Innovation Arena.
Gerald A. Herrmann of Organic Services (right in photo) together with the other winners of Organic Innovation Days 2016, Pasquale De Vita of CREA (left in photo) (Theme: Increasing productivity and quality in organic arable farming) and Kate Still of Soil Association (center in photo) (Theme: Innovation for animal health and welfare in organic production systems). Photo courtesy of TP Organics.
Yep, that's right - it's time to start thinking about BIOFACH again. We're excited about the upcoming BIOFACH and want to give you a preview of what you can expect to hear from us there. Please click on the links for more information about our events.

Sessions organised for the BIOFACH Congress programme:
Exhibitor presentations by Organic Services:
A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending and participating in the 4th Organic Processing Conference in Seville, organised by IFOAM EU and ecovalia in collaboration with the Spanish Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente, the Junta de Andalucia and the Ayuntamiento de Sevilla. With a strong turnout by attendees from Spain... Read more here
Before we attended the 4th Organic Processing Conference in Seville, we met with some very interesting stakeholders and a fellow project participant for our work package (WP 16 Check X) in the FoodIntegrity (“Ensuring the Integrity of the European Food Chain” funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme) project. Read more here...
At the end of October, we took part in the Sourcing Organic from Ukraine 2016 conference. The conference was designed to give an overview of the current market situation and the import of organic products into the EU. Ukraine remains an important sourcing partner for the EU despite the issues that have occurred in the past. Read more here...
In our latest article in the The Organic Standard, "PDO, PGI & TSG: Keeping It Original," we take a look at how the EU's different geographic indication schemes work using different real world examples. You can read the article here.
Organic Services is currently working on developing an interface between Check Organic and the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program’s Organic Integrity Database. By interfacing to this publicly available database, Check Organic will contain 100% of NOP certificate data. This will be a major accomplishment for Check Organic and will be the second country to have its data be completely available in Check Organic. The first was Italy through the FederBio Integrity Platform, just in case you were wondering. By making this data available in Check Organic, you can build your NOP certified supply chain with this real-time data. When you sign up for Check Organic, you no longer have to worry about checking the NOP Organic Integrity Database to see if your suppliers are still certified. It’s all right there in Check Organic for your ease and convenience.
We’ve made some changes to our website and invite you to check them out. We’re especially proud of our new graphic to show you how we can help you enhance supply chain integrity. In the graphic, you can see how we offer a range of services that are designed to help you with your individual supply chain integrity needs. We want to help you understand what’s going on in your supply chain, but not just with your direct suppliers, with their suppliers as well. From compliance management to transaction monitoring – we’ve got you covered. We also revamped our flyer to show you how we’re always striving to be better to serve your needs. Ask us at any of our upcoming events for a copy.
Following the initial successful and positive collaboration between Group Integrity and the Dutch University of Applied Sciences "Hogeschool VHL” last year, Organic Services’ software is being used as part of the university’s curriculum for the second year in a row. Read more here...
Bioland Markt GmbH & Co. KG is a market leading trader of organic raw materials for the German, Swiss and Austrian market. Bioland Markt works with suppliers in selected European countries to supply Bioland, Bio Austria and Bio Suisse as well as just EU-Bio certified products to its valued customers. The main focus in the work of the company is full traceability in both directions over the whole value added chain.
With over 15 years of experience in purchasing raw materials, Bioland Markt takes pride in the transparent and secure supply chain it has built and continues to add to. Bioland Markt’s decision to use Check Organic’s Compliance Management module will further strengthen the integrity of its supply chain by adding another layer of protection to its already rigorous system.
Organic Services is an international strategy and management consultancy, specializing in organic food, sustainability and development matters. Our services have an interdisciplinary focus, and include, among others, market development and studies, product sourcing, certification and accreditation consulting, biogas plant implementation, and knowledge transfer through the organization of trade fairs, conferences and study tours.
We are renowned experts in software-based audit and quality management systems. Examples include, besides several successful industry consulting projects at national and international levels, »Check Organic«, for enhanced supply chain integrity, and »Group Integrity«, for the administration of (internal) control systems for smallholder groups, companies with contract production as well as local certifiers.
Check Organic is a cloud-based supply chain integrity solution that brings together organic certification and supply chain data backed by Ecert technology. Keying in on these two data sets brings greater transparency to organic supply chains and is what makes Check Organic unique. Check Organic means a more streamlined way to do business, but more importantly, it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your transparency and protect your brand integrity. Check Organic is a service offered by Organic Services.
Group Integrity supports audit management, audit documentation, non-compliance follow-up, external reporting (market, certification) and internal quality verification system management processes (e.g. ICS, PGS, and GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2). What makes Group Integrity unique is its combined support of a variety of processes in one tool, not only for grower groups, but also for businesses who contract smallholder farmers and for the certifiers who certify them, covering these connected stakeholders with one tool. Group Integrity is the ultimate solution for professionally managing groups and will help transform your group into a well-structured, transparent and reliable market partner. Group Integrity is a service offered by Organic Services.
Ecert Basic is an off-the-shelf version of the leading audit and certification management solution, Ecert®. Ecert® is the professional software for database driven audit management, administration and CRM. With Ecert Basic, you get all of the standard functionalities of Ecert® at a price that fits your budget. Ecert Basic provides a comprehensive set of tools to facilitate the management of your certification agency in an efficient, reliable and highly cost-effective manner. Ecert Basic is a service offered by Organic Services.
Meet us at the following conferences and fairs!

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