Sascha Suler | Operations Manager in Duisburg:"The goal of BioTropic is to manage the transparent and producer-near procurement of bio-foodstuffs and to ensure that the products come from organic farming. The development started in 1997 with the import of bio-bananas from the Dominican Republic. Today, we order bio-products of all kinds from many parts of the world. The import, ripening and distribution of bio-bananas are still the main tasks of our Duisburg office, plus the coordination of our representations abroad - and this is where our 'green' brand of dried fruits also has its roots."
Doris Thewes | dipl. ing. Gartenbau | Operations Manager in Cesena:"Our German-Italian team maintains close contact to the production throughout Italy and chooses producers directly on the ground. We advise the growers in production planning and provide support for the production processes. Our nearness to the producers ensures end-to-end quality control and uninterrupted transparency. As a result, in conjunction with highly efficient logistics, we are able to guarantee our customers daily delivery of fresh and safe bio-products from Italy."
Volker Schmidt | Agrar. Ing. | Dominican Republic:"I was sent to the Dominican Republic in 2001 in order to assure the quality of our most important fresh product, the bio-banana. I maintain close contact with the producers on the ground and provide assistance in the cultivation and maintenance of the plantations as well as in the harvesting, transport, cleaning and packing of the fruits. To be able to provide better support for producers in Central and South America, we will also be represented in Ecuador starting from 2006."
Ronald Vianen | Operations Manager in De Meern:"Our office in the Netherlands is located near to Rotterdam, our most important international port, and is responsible for organising the punctual handling of the imported goods in cooperation with customers, suppliers and the personnel of the BioTropic office abroad. We also take care of the supply of products from Holland. The market for biological fruit and vegetables changes every day. We keep our eye on these movements all the time and are able to respond flexibly by shipping as many goods as possible directly and supplying our customers punctually every day with top-quality products. That is what we call 'ecologically responsible business'."
Odile Bouron | Operations Manager in Perpignan, F"Our office in France was opened in 2003, as we felt a need to be close to the french customers in order to supply them well with overseas fruit arriving at our warehouse near Rotterdam. In 2006, we transferred the office to the Grand St. Charles market in Perpignan, the key european distribution platform for fruit from Spain, Marocco and France. Being in Perpignan, we are in the perfect place to distribute fruit from those countries to customers in France and other European countries, which is an exciting addition to our main activity, distribution of overseas produce in France.
In addition to the range of fresh fruit and vegetables we distribute our own brand of grocery products green, comprising over 100 items such as olive oil, tea, sugar, pastas etc., to an increasing number of natural food stores in France."
Kuemkwong Siemefo | Project leader Africa, Germany"I am right behind organic farming,since I see the benefits directly in the field and those for people too", Kuemkwong Siemefo says. He has become our expert in organic farming in Africa. The engineer in agricultural economics manages projects and maintains relationships with suppliers in the following countries: Burkina Faso, The Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal. He is well versed in the logistical and political challenges in the African market. He has made many seemingly impossible undertakings possible in the first place on account of his stubbornness, improvisation skills and with the back-up of the team. Kuemkwong Siemefo values the outlook at his place of work and in the organic industry in general, since it attaches great significance to the well-being of man and the environment. "It is not about making as much financial profit as possible, but about the fair distribution of the earnings between producer, buyer and the benefit for the environment."
Alfred Haase | Quality Control:"Working from Duisburg, we organise regular monitoring of the producers by our agricultural engineers, and ensure that each supplier and each product is tested at least once per season by accredited laboratories. We also coordinate the extension of our worldwide sourcing activities to include new producer regions."