History and organisation


In October 2014, The European Starch Industry Association, formerly known as the AAF, was renamed Starch Europe. The AAF was formed in 2006 as a merger between the former EU association of cereal starch producers, the AAC (itself the result of a merge between AAM, the EU association of EU maize starch producers, the AAB, the EU association of wheat starch producers and the EU association of rice starch producers), and the former EU association of potato starch producers, the UFE, both of which date back to 1959. Starch Europe’s main decision making body is the General Assembly. It meets once a year and all Starch Europe members are represented. The General Assembly’s main responsibilities are to:

  • Approve budgets, annual accounts and the audit report
  • Approve annual priorities
  • Appoint and discharge the administrators, the managing director and the auditor
  • Appoint and exclude members
  • Amend, when necessary, the Association’s by-laws

Starch Europe Organization

Executive Committee

In order to manage and implement its annual priorities, the General Assembly appoints an Executive Committee, consisting of a cross section of the members, amongst whom are the Association’s administrators (the President and the four vice presidents). The Executive Committee meets as appropriate but typically four times a year. The current members of the Executive Committee are:

President  Alain Dufait Managing Director Starches & Sweeteners – Cargill
Vice president Christophe Rupp Daelhem Development Group Director – Roquette
Vice president Arjan de Rooij Board member – AVEBE
Vice president Gustav Deiters CEO-Crespel and Deiters
  Michael Andreae-Jäckering Managing Director – Jäckering
  Pierre Perez Y Landazuri Vice president – Ingredion
  Axel Bonde Juridical expert – EU afffairs – KMC
Yves Belegaud General Manager – Tereos

The day to day management of Starch Europe is the responsibility of the Managing Director with the support of the secretariat. Starch Europe also appoints special committees and working groups to deal with specific issues or sets of issues. They meet as required and report to the Executive Committee.

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