Filiep van Bosstraeten, a leader of the European egg industry, died on September 4. He had been involved in the egg industry since the early 1960s and was the founder of Ovobel Ltd in Belgium.

He was involved in all aspects of the egg processing industry, both commercially and through national, European and international associations. He played an instrumental role in creating the Belgian Egg Processors Association, now the Union of Belgian Egg Processors. He also organized the first meeting of the European Egg Processors Association and served as its secretary general.


In 1999, the International Egg Commission honored van Bosstraeten as the first recipient of the Dennis Wellstead Award, a lifetime achievement award for the international egg person of the year.