Organic Task Force

The Organic Task Force will offer guidance to ASTA Committees and the Board on educational and advocacy needs related to organic spice issues and provide a forum for the organic spice industry to network and collaborate with colleagues on issues of interest.

Organic Task Force Member Roster 2022-2023
This group will look at significant challenges for companies in  the organic spice sector –

  • Lack of supply and availability of organic spices, in the face of growing demand
  • Difficulty ensuring suppliers and farmers are meeting requirements and doing their due diligence
  • Customer testing of products
  • Fraudulent organic certifications
  • Pesticide residues

Help ASTA identify the best ways to address issues and provide resources by –

  • Offering guidance to ASTA Committees and Board on educational and advocacy needs related to organic spice issues
  • Conduct outreach to certification bodies, government agencies, and other stakeholders
  • Provide a forum for the organic spice industry to network and collaborate with colleagues on issues of interest

 

Raju Boligala, High Quality Organics
Don Burgeson, Olam Spice
Tom Chapman, PK Kinder Co., Inc.
Simone Cormier, Spiceommelier Consulting LLC
Anand Dani, Dani Organic Foods LTD.
Kevin Edwards, SGS North America
Walid El Singaby, McCormick & Co., Inc.
Nikki Feils, Watkins
Amelia Harris, olam food ingredients (ofi)
Kristen Jaskulski, Pure Ground Ingredients
Suzanne Jenkins, Red Monkey Foods
Chris Lappin, Riega Foods
Greg Lightfoot, Kalustyan Corp.
Jonathan Raju (Chair), High Quality Organics, Inc.
Traci Roszkowiak, Woodland Foods
Allison Slaybaugh, Red Monkey Foods
Greg Sommerville, Frontier Co-op
Mehmet Unal, Naturnorm Organik Tarim
Burcay Aslan, Naturnorm Organik Tarim
Ramiro Valarezo, Uchu 
Rob Wong,Agri-Neo
Steven Yeager, Mountain Rose Herbs
Shannen Kelly, Staff Liasion