General Assembly 2021



Trustworthy spices


Welcome to the website of the ESA General Assembly 2021.

ESA and the hosting country Sweden invite all ESA members to the General Assembly 2021 a virtual meeting taking place November 22-23.

Welcome to a program full of inspiration, great guest speakers. Networking possibility through the app. The ESA GA is this year having Trustworthy Spices as the theme.

Together we challenge the spice industry as well as ESA in getting trustworthy and authentic spices.

ESA 2021

Trustworthy spices


Dear ESA member due to the pandemic ESA GA 2020 had to be postponed. New final dates are 22-23 November 2021.

Following all regulations and recommendations that will apply during that time frame.


Monday November 22nd
Session 109.00-12.00Fraud in Herbs and Spices
09.00-09.10Opening of the meeting
09.10-09.401-Keynote Prof. C. Elliot from Queens University of Belfast
09.40-10.102-Keynote Mrs. Clare Menezes, McCormick.
10.10-10.403-Eurofins Mr. Eric Jamin , Eurofins
11.00-12-00Questions and answers
12.00-14.00Lunch break and time for networking
Session 214.00-17.004-The official ESA General Assembly 2020
Tuesday November 23
Session 309.00-12.00Allergens in Herbs and Spices
09.00-09.405-Keynote Mrs. M-C Robert, Nestle
09.40-10.106-Eurofins Mrs. Sandra Kerbach, Eurofins
10.10-10.407-Nedspice Mr. Steve Clemenson, Nedspice
11.00-12.00Questions and answers
12.00-14.00Lunch break and time for networking
Session 414.00-17.00SSI and crop reports
14.00-14.308-SSI presentation Alfons van Gulick, Nedspice
14.30-14-509-Pepper crop report Christiaan de Leeuw, Nedspice
14.50-15.1010-Onion crop report Jonathan Cai, BCFoods
15.30-15.4011-Garlic crop report Raf Nonneman, ESS
15.40-16.0012-Capsicums crop report Carlos Albarracin, Jjalbarraci
16.00-17.00Questions and answers

Time in Central European Time (CET)

This is a preliminary program and changes may apply when we are coming closer to the event.


Moderator & speakers

Alexandra Zazzi is a chef, food journalist, author, lecturer and presenter. She loves to cook, and to talk about food. She became known for the broad public for winning the reality show Survivor in 1998, since then she has managed to write seven cookbooks, running two restaurants and been the host of several TV shows.



Christer Karlsson, MSc Chemical Engineering.  Current Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Flavour- and Spice Association in Sweden. Retired from Culinar during 2019 after more than 30 years’ work in food industry.



Marie-Claude Robert, PhD in Chemistry – EPFL Switzerland, joined Nestlé in 1997. She is currently the Corporate R&D Expert for Allergen management in the institute of Food Safety & Analytical Science at Nestlé Research in Lausanne. She acts as Subject Matter Expert for Food Allergen Management and is in charge of providing scientific guidance and training on food allergen management and food allergen labelling within the Group.She worked previously in the field of method validation in allergen detection.


Christopher Elliott, is currently Professor of Food Safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor responsible for the Medical and Life Sciences Faculty between 2015 and 2018.  He has published more than 400 peer review articles, many of them relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental related contaminants. His main research interests are in the development of innovative techniques to provide early warning of threats across complex food supply systems. Protecting the integrity of the food supply chain from fraud is also a key research topic and Chris led the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal. He currently co-ordinates a large Horizon2020 flagship project involving 16 European and 17 Chinese partners on food safety and also  co-ordinates a European Institute of Innovation and Technology flagship research project. He is currently leading a multi-partner bid to establish a centre of excellence in food integrity.  Over the years, Chris has developed a high-level network of collaborators across Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. He is a visiting Professor at the China Agriculture University in Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Guest Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He is a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Biology. Chris has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Prize and was also awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Clare Menezes, is Director Global Food Integrity for the Global Quality & Food Safety Center of Excellence, in this role one of her key areas of focus is herbs and spice integrity and specifically supply chain vulnerability management, as part of the McCormick global authenticity programme.  As part of her leadership accountability she is responsible for directing Global Centers of Analytical Science and consequently heads McCormick’s activity investigating Emerging Technologies for the detection and verification of product integrity challenges. Ms. Menezes has worked in the herb and spice Industry for more than 20 years holding a number of technical roles including microbiology, food safety, quality assurance, supplier quality and regulatory responsibilities. Ms. Menezes joined McCormick in 1998 and was appointed to her current position of Director Global Integrity for the Global Quality & Food Safety Center of Excellence in 2018. Prior to joining McCormick, Ms. Menezes was a Public Analyst with Severn Trent Water and Company Microbiologist at Tate and Lyle Sugars (UK).Ms. Menezes has a BSc degree in Microbiology, biochemistry and physiology from the University Of Reading (UK) and is a Registered Food Safety Principle (RFoodSP) and recognized Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology


Eric Jamin, has been working for Eurofins Scientific in Nantes since 1995.
After an initial PhD research work on stable isotope analysis of fruit and tobacco, he has been involved in quality assurance, client support and Research & Development in food analytical chemistry. He has taken part in more than 45 scientific papers so far. He is currently head of the Authenticity Competence Centre of Eurofins Scientific Laboratories, based in Nantes (France). His team involves ca 60 staff members, with expert skills in Stable isotopes, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry, wet chemistry and chromatography analyses of beverages and other food products tested for authenticity.



Please note that participation in the ESA General Assembly is only permitted for members of ESA or members of National Spice Associations that are members or partners with ESA.

Note that registration is individual. So each person in a company must make their own registration.

The deadline for registration is November 12. For later on possible registration, please contact the organizing committee, contact person Mr. Anders Mattsson - 

ESA GA 2021 feesNon Swedish Swedish Company/Delegate
Incl 25% VAT
Virtual delegate registration385 EUR 481,25 EUR

New member applying for membership 2021 – costs same as for full paying member of ESA.

For new membership, please contact Mr. Han Herweijer, chairman of ESA Marketing Group, with an e-mail to

Bank details

Payment to: AKIS Service AB

Organisation number: SE559241005301

Bank name: Handelsbanken  

Bank address: Östermalmstorg 1, SE-114 42 Stockholm 

EUR Account: 53350499

IBAN: SE67 6000 0000 0000 5335 0499


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