As of the first of June Simone Hertzberger is the new chairperson of the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI). This will make her responsible for further expanding SNI’s role as a catalyst for making nut supply chains more sustainable. Hertzberger succeeds Wim Schipper (Intersnack Procurement) who has led the SNI board for the past three years.

Simone Hertzberger has a long history in food. After studying veterinary medicine at Utrecht University, she started her career at the Keuringsdienst van Waren in Haarlem. Here she conducted her PhD research. After her PhD, Hertzberger held various positions within Ahold, including Manager Quality & Environment and Vice President Quality Assurance and Product Integrity. In addition, she was involved in the founding of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). She is also a member of the board of SKAL Biocontrole and a member of the Supervisory Board of Fairtrade Original.

Wim Schipper: “I am very happy with Simone Hertzberger as the new chairperson. SNI has brought together a group of committed and driven companies that are working together on making the nut sector more sustainable. SNI is ready for the next phase: setting priorities within the joint objectives, further developing and implementing instruments and growing the participant base. With the knowledge and experience that Simone brings, I’m confident that we will take SNI to the next level.

About SNI

The Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI) is a pre-competitive, cooperative platform for the nut sector. SNI brings all actors of the international nut supply chain together. The nut sector is characterized by complex supply chains with continuous changing market dynamics and limited transparency. Participants of SNI are collaborating to drive positive change towards sustainable production and transparency an resiliency along the entire chain. A common agenda has been developed, addressing current and future sustainability issues at sector level. Taking into account the specificities and sustainability challenges of the different nut categories. SNI develops strategies and tools to address industry bottlenecks, share and act on lessons learned, bundle resources and scale up impact.