Newsletter July 2017

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The first half of 2017 has started with the kick-off of exciting new projects: The Strategic Partnership between the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and Donau Soja focuses on building sustainable value chains for non-GM and organic soya in Ukraine, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Moldova until 2021. Furthermore, we are happy to join the 10th Chinese Soybean Research Conference in Beijing. For the first time, we also organise a China-Europe Soya Symposium together with our partners the Chinese Academy of Agriculture, the Chinese Crop Science Society and the Chinese Soybean Specialized Committee one day before the conference.
Read as well about our latest activities and our upcoming projects and events in this newsletter.

Enjoy reading!


Project Start: ADA Strategic Partnership

In January 2017, the strategic partnership between Donau Soja and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) has officially started. The goal of the 9 Million Euro project is to build sustainable, inclusive and well-functioning value chains for non-GM soya and organic soya in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and Ukraine until 2021...
Find the fact sheet here.


Become a Sponsor:
Europe Soya visiting China

From 30 July–10 August we organise together with our partners the first Europe-China Soya Symposium and a Study Tour to leading soybean enterprises and research insititutions in Beijing and Northern China. Seize the opportunity and position your organisation in one of the world's biggest emerging markets by becoming a sponsor...


Donau Soja Networking Event

Our successful Donau Soja Networking Event will be back for a second time this year: On 31 August, you will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge, find new project partners and develop business ideas in a business environment.
The registration for the event has already started...


Join Us at the
57th European Commodities Exchange 

Join us as Donau Soja co-exhibitor at the 57th European Commodities Exchange in Brussels from 12–13 October 2017. The annual meeting is the perfect opportunity to bring together stakeholders operating in the cereal, fertilizer and animal sector as well as services from the grain industry. We offer you the opportunity to join the event under favourable conditions...


10th Protein Summit 2017, Reims

Donau Soja chairman Matthias Krön will be a speaker at the 10th Protein Summit 2017, which takes place 26–28 September in Reims, France. The summit brings together leading experts to discuss global transitions in the food and feed industry, availability of proteins and the impact of protein production on food security, economy and ecology...


International Ministerial Conference &
20 Years Without GMOs

In April 1997, the Austrian public successfully voted against growing genetically modified crops on their agricultural land. This was the second most successful referendum in the history of Austria, and a milestone for European agriculture. This spring started with a series of events surrounding the 20 year anniversary of this Austrian citizens' initiative...

Read more: 20 Years without GMOs – ARGE Gentechnikfrei
Read more: International Ministerial Conference in Vienna


Project Start: Internet of Food & Farm and LENA

The Research and Innovation team of Donau Soja is excited about the start of two great projects: The Internet of Food and Farm (IoF2020) and the Interreg project called LENA. IoF2020 aims to boost the take up of the Internet of Things in the agri-food sector. LENA will show the most sustainable production and marketing of soy in natural heritage areas.

Read more: Internet of Food & Farm 2020
Read more: LENA


Field Days

Once again we are glad to demonstrate sustainable practices, best varieties, latest technology and further products on demo fields in the Netherlands, Serbia, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. Each demo platform will be opened to visitors on a field day during summer...


New Donau Soja and Europe Soya Standard & Guidelines

The new version of the Donau Soja and Europe Soya Standard was published at the end of May 2017. The new version of the Europe Soya Guidelines includes the option of joint processing and storing of certified Europe Soya soybeans alongside beans that fulfil the “approved by” characteristics, such as non-GM, verified European origin and traceability... 


New Certified Partners and Products

You may have already spotted some new Donau Soja labelled products on the supermarket shelves. Earlier this year Austrian family run company Hütthaler introduced meat products marked with the Donau Soja logo under the animal-welfare programme Fairhof at Austrian retailer grocer Hofer. On 10 July, Spar Austria has launched the new animal welfare-brand Tann für mehr Tierwohl...


Country Reports

Interested what's going on in Central and Eastern Europe? Find the latest news from our offices:


We're hiring

We're expanding our team and currently looking for a highly motivated Brand Manager at our office in Vienna. You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the communication and marketing activities...




30 July–10 August: China-Europe Soya Symposium and Study Tour, China
31 August: Donau Soja Networking Event Vienna, Austria
01 September: 12th International Danube Exchange, Agricultural Exchange, Vienna, Austria
26–28 September: 10th Protein Summit 2017, Reims, France
12–13 October: 57th European Commodities Exchange Brussels, Belgium


21 June: Panel Discussion: Ecosocial Forum, Vienna, Austria
13 June: Forum Nachhaltige Eiweißfuttermittel, Berlin, Germany    
29–31 May: 11th Conference on Food Safety and Quality, Opatja, Croatia
22–24 May: ISF World Seed Congress, Budapest, Hungary
09–10 May: International Ministerial Conference Vienna, Austria
02 May: Twenty Years without GMOs – ARGE Gentechnikfrei, Vienna, Austria 
23 March: General Assembly and Networking Event, Vienna, Austria


Soya News

EU Project TRUE to Boost Pulse Cultivation in Europe
European Court Bans Dairy Names for Plant-based Products 
Approval of Controversial Herbicide Glyphosate to be Renewed for 10 Years 
Worldwide GMO Cultivation Hits a New Peak
Twenty Years without GMOs – Future Uncertain