our project initiators
Urs Iselin as the founder and long time CEO of Varistor AG initiated the Happy Hazelnut Foundation with the goal in mind to create a positive impact in the Hazelnut region through the development of a sustainable project for people and the environment.
With his holistic approach to man, society and environment, Mehmet-Ali ISIK founded the company Isik Organik Gida in 1974. The company has developed to be a renown and leading producer, processor and exporter of dried organic fruits and nuts from Turkey. Both companies, Isik Organik Gida and Varistor AG work in a close and successful partnership since 1993.
Interview with Mehmet-Ali Isik: "What were the key factors for the Project?"
The idea to establish the «Happy Hazelnut Project» and the impact it could create received positive resonance from Varistor partners in the food industry. They could be won as supporting members of the project, providing additional capital for the initiation of the project.
Through an extra surcharge per kg sold hazelnuts, the Foundation is able to continue funding existing and new projects in the future.