SOPA was formed in 1988 as an Independent and Provident Society.
And remains the United Kingdom's only co-operative organic organisation.
OF&G (Scotland) Ltd certifies organic businesses throughout the UK for SOPA under the organic mark GB-ORG-17.
Not only are we unique in the world of organic production and processing, we are also different to other trade co-operatives in that we provide a pragmatic and professional certification service to our members.
When an organic business joins SOPA, either as a food processing company or a farmer starting organic conversion, they become a member and have a right to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
We are guided by a Board of Directors
But our remit does not stop there...
Recognising that the organic sector is still a niche industry, we also lobby Scottish, UK and EU governments on policy issues that affect our members.
And we devote time to market development, research and training in the organic sector.