AIJN is the representative association of the fruit juice industry in the EU since 1962. It defends the interests of the juice industry including the entire value chain and promotes the sector by engaging with the EU Institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

Key AIJN Aims and Objectives

  1. Represent the interests and promote the image of the European Fruit Juice Industry in all its contacts with EU Institutions and other relevant organisations and stakeholders;
  2. Support and lobby European Union Institutions on all aspects of policy and legislation affecting the production, marketing, sales and trade in fruit juices and nectars in the EU;
  3. Defend and promote juices as nutritious products which are an integral part of a healthy diet, through the Fruit Juice Matters programme;
  4. Encourage and support, through the Juice CSR Platform, juice companies to integrate corporate social responsibility in all stages in their supply chain;
  5. Provide, in collaboration with the Union of European Juice Control Systems (EJCS), mechanisms and instruments securing safe and authentic goods in order to maintain and increase consumer confidence in the good and healthy image of fruit and vegetable juices and nectars;
  6. Inform and advise the fruit juice industry on all aspects of European legislation likely to affect their businesses;
  7. Liaise with national, regional and worldwide interests representing the fruit juice industry to foster and achieve overall AIJN objectives.

AIJN Executive Board

President, José Jordão, Director, Sumol+Compal SA, Portugal;

1st Vice-President, Wolfgang Schwald, General Manager Fruit, Processing and Sales, Rauch Fruchtsäfte GmbH & Co OG, Austria;

2nd Vice-President, Bruno Van Gompel, Technical & Supply Chain Director, Coca-Cola Western Europe, Belgium


Thomas Mertens, Managing Director Supply Chain, Wesergold Getränkeindustrie GmbH & Co. KG, Germany; Piotr Podoba, CEO, Döhler Sp. z o.o., Poland; Thomas Brandstaetter, Managing Director, Zipperle AG, Italy; Douglas Lamont, Chief Executive Officer, Innocent drinks, United Kingdom; Javier Lorenzo, Eckes-Granini Ibérica, Spain; Peter Mulrine, Chairman, Mulrines, Ireland; Virginia Cervantes, VP GM Nutrition Western Europe, PepsiCo

The AIJN membership is composed of national fruit juice associations from 17 EU Member States and from two countries that applied for EU membership. For more information on membership benefits, please visit

National Associations - Full and Affiliated Members of AIJN

Austria: Verband der Österreichischen Fruchtsaft und Fruchtsirupindustrie

Belgium: Association Belge des Fabricants, Embouteilleurs et Importateurs de Jus de Fruits (AJUNEC)

Bulgaria: Bulgarian Soft Drinks Association (BSDA)

Cyprus: Kean Soft Drinks LTD (KEAN)

Denmark: Danish Fruit and Jam Industries

Finland: Finnish Fruit & Vegetable Industries Association

France: Union Nationale des Producteurs de Jus de Fruits (UNIJUS)

Germany: Verband der Deutschen Fruchtsaft-Industrie e.V. (VDF)

Greece: Biofresh SA

Ireland: Irish Beverage Council

Italy: Unione Italia Food Conserve Italia Scarl, Federvini

Netherlands: FWS

Poland: Polish Association of Juice Producers (KUPS)

Portugal: Sumol + Compal SA

Spain: Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Zumos (ASOZUMOS)

Sweden: Swedish Juice Association

UK: British Soft Drinks Association Ltd (BSDA)

Serbia: Serbian Fruit Juice Producers Association (SFJPA)

Turkey: Turkish Fruit Juice Industry Association (MEYED)

In addition, there is a long list of Observer members that are national associations from non-European countries, individual companies who are suppliers of raw materials, packaging materials, equipment, ingredients or processing aids to the EU fruit and vegetable juices industry and/or to associations representing these suppliers.

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