The American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) was founded in 1907 and is the voice of the U.S. spice industry. ASTA represents nearly 200 member companies from around the world involved in all aspects of the spice trade, from growing and importing to processing and marketing. ASTA members manufacture and market the majority of spices sold in the U.S. ASTA is committed to providing resources to members to ensure an adequate supply of safe and wholesome spices for their industrial, food service, and consumer customers. ASTA’s website can be found at www.astaspice.org.
The current client list at Verto Solutions includes the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA), the national trade association for firms that create and manufacture flavors for use in a wide variety of foods, drugs, and cosmetics. There are approximately 125 members of FEMA who, as a client of our predecessor firms for 45 years, have wholeheartedly endorsed Verto Solutions as the successor management firm. We manage more than $4 million each year in member funds for FEMA and run their extensive, internationally respected scientific and regulatory programs. FEMA’s website can be found at www.femaflavor.org
The International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM) is the international association for firms that manufacture and extract colors for FDA-regulated use in foods, drugs, and cosmetics. The IACM has 21 members, including firms based in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Like other Verto Solutions clients, IACM receives scientific, regulatory, and legislative, as well as overall association management services. More information on IACM is available at www.iacmcolor.org
Verto Solutions also does substantial amounts of scientific work for the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI), the Switzerland-based association of associations for the international flavor industry. The Verto scientific staff works closely with partners within IOFI, FEMA, the European Flavor Association (EFFA), and the Japanese Flavor and Fragrance Manufacturers Association (JFFMA) to conceive, manage, and achieve the scientific goals of the flavor industry, ensuring the continued safe use of flavoring ingredients worldwide.
Verto Solutions manages Pickle Packers International, Inc. (PPI). This association has served the pickled vegetable industry for more than 100 years by sponsoring research, influencing public policy, supplying educational materials, and providing networking opportunities to its members. Today, membership includes 87 percent of the cucumbers grown for pickle use in North America. Member firms include processors, salters and green shippers, brokers, growers, seed companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and those providing goods and services to the industry. PPI’s presence is world-wide, with members from 16 countries. More information on PPI is available at www.ilovepickles.org
The U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI) was launched in 2014 by six leading U.S. mortgage insurance companies, and membership is open to all active U.S. mortgage insurance providers. USMI is dedicated to a housing finance system, backed by private capital, that enables access to housing finance for borrowers while also protecting taxpayers. Verto Solutions provides USMI with overall association management services. www.usmi.org
The Association for Sustainable Food Safety (ASFS) is a technical association that develops sustainable strategies on chemical food safety topics and is a voice for the food industry in service of delivering a safe food supply for consumers.