Miami 2022 Sustainability Symposium

ASTA is partnering with the Sustainable Spice Initiative (SSI) to offer this exciting program about sustainability in our industry. The program will kick off with a discussion of what sustainability means and why all spice companies need to think about their role in protecting people and the planet to ensure future profits. Get a glimpse of what consumers will expect from companies and governmental policies in coming years, hear from leading spice companies on their initiatives and gain insights from key customers on the importance of addressing sustainability issues.

Sustainability Symposium Sponsored By:


1:30pm Welcome & Introduction
Larry Lichter, ASTA President
1:35-2:00pm Setting the Stage on Sustainability in the Spice Sector
Roxi Beck, Director, Consumer Engagement at The Center for Food Integrity (CFI)

Meet Roxi Beck and hear what she has planned for Miami
2:00-3:00pm Leadership Panel on Sustainability in the Spice Industry 
Engage with CEO’s and members of SSI as they guide group discussions on what sustainability means in spice sector.
Jan Gilhuis, Senior Program Manager at IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Seth Petchers, Senior Program Director at Sustainable Food Lab

Participants and Panelists
• Video introduction: Sunny Verghese, Chief Executive Officer at Olam Group
Tony Bedard, Chief Executive Officer at Frontier Co-op
Dan Cooper, Chief Executive Officer at Fuchs North America
Alfons van Gulick, Chairman and Group Managing Director at Nedspice
Brijesh Krishnaswamy, Senior Vice President & Business Head at olam food ingredients (ofi)
Donald Pratt, Managing Director at McCormick Global Ingredients Limited
3:00-3:30pm Breakout Roundtable Discussions  
3:30-3:45pm Break
3:45-4:30pm Key Issues in Sustainability for Spices 
Moderator: Jan Gilhuis, Senior Program Manager at IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative
• Living income 
    o Suzanne Munson, Director of Global Partnerships & Alliances at Heifer
• Climate change
    o Björn Kok, Consultant at Blonk Sustainability Consultants
• Child labor
    o Michiko Shima, Technical Director at Fair Labor Association
4:30-5:00pm Supply Chain Due Diligence for Governmental Compliance
Jessica Rifkin, Senior Attorney at Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC
5:00-5:30pm Sector-wide Sustainability Solutions
Alfons van Gulick, Chairman at SSI
Jan Gilhuis, Senior Program Manager at IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative
5:30pm Closing Remarks
Pontus Mattsson, ASTA Vice President

Thank you to ASTA 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibit Sponsors

Ruby and Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Griffith Foods | Kalsec | Ken Lehat & Associates | Mincing Spice Company
Nedspice | Paprimur, S.L. | Trilogy Essential Ingredients, Inc. | Wixon

Silver Sponsors

Certified Laboratories | Mold-Rite Packaging | SGS North America