SOPA is THE key service provider in the Scottish Organic scene.
Not only do we represent more organic businesses than any other organisation in Scotland we also represent an increasing number of organic businesses in England and Wales. SOPA contracts all day-to-day operations to OF&G (Scotland) Ltd.
All SOPA members are certified independently by OF&G (Scotland) Ltd under the organic certification code GB-ORG-17.
2. Development and Member Support
Is offered free as part of the certification service and is divided into 5 key areas according to this diagram:
All OF&G (Scotland) Ltd staff working on the SOPA organic scheme are qualified to postgraduate achievement in organic farming or food processing and marketing. The OF&G (Scotland) Ltd team are rooted in farming and crofting: with practising organic farmers, and hands-on livestock and crop-growing experience. The Organic Processing team bring a wide range of organic food and drink experience including micro-biology and technical expertise as well as food marketing and supply chain qualifications. SOPA staff alone bring more than 40 years' combined experience in the UK organic scene.