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Agrifood 16-10-2017

Food & drink industry boss: Do not confuse ‘quality’ with ‘recipe’ in food debate

What has been mixed in the current dual quality food conversation is ‘quality versus recipe’, as consumers have different preferences on sweetness and saltiness and we just have to accept it, FoodDrinkEurope leader told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 04-10-2017

Much ado about fish fingers

As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the European Union address last month, there were several issues which sparked his passion. But one came as a surprise to the audience: fish fingers.

Central Europe 27-09-2017

Commission ready to advise consumers to boycott ‘dual standard’ food

The European Commission said yesterday (26 September) it was ready to advise European consumers to boycott products of lower quality that are presented in Eastern EU countries with exactly the same packaging as in wealthier EU states.

Agrifood 21-09-2017

Spain to join the gastro-nationalism wave on origin of milk

Spain has notified the European Commission on 5 September it will create a new law to include the origin of milk on the label of milk and dairy products, adding fuel to the gastro-nationalism debate.

Agrifood 19-09-2017

French pigs and Greek honey gain new quality labels

The European Commission approved last week three applications for geographical indication labels for products from France and Greece, continuing its drive to ensure quality and origin of food produced in the EU.

Agrifood 19-09-2017

Food industry calls for harmonised precautionary allergen labelling

Europe’s food and drink producers have called on the Commission to come up with EU-wide standards on precautionary allergen labelling, arguing it is a much-needed step towards completing the single market.

Agrifood 13-09-2017

‘No second class consumers’: Juncker slams double food quality in the EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker criticised double standards of food quality in his address to Parliament on Wednesday morning (13 September), saying that there should be no “second class consumers” in the single market.

Agrifood 11-09-2017

Italy’s fresh challenge to the EU on food labelling

Italy is seeking to reintroduce a requirement to specify the production site on the labels of transformed food products, in fresh defiance of Brussels' food rules after unilaterally mandating country of origin on pasta and rice labels last August.

Agrifood 11-09-2017

EU demands protection of geographical indications in Brexit Britain

The European Commission has called on the UK to guarantee the protection of food products labelled with the EU’s geographical indications after Brexit.

CETA 08-09-2017

Europe braces for CETA, attacks its legality in top EU court

Two weeks before the EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force, France evaluates its environmental and health impacts and Belgium challenges the agreement in the European Court of Justice. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 08-09-2017

Greece to impose country of origin labelling on milk in 2018

Greece plans to make country of origin labelling on milk mandatory from 2018, joining the growing trend of more precise food labelling in EU countries, which has angered the food industry.

Agrifood 08-09-2017

Honeygate: How Europe is being flooded with fake honey

Cheap imports of counterfeit honey are endangering beekeeping around the world, and the consequences for world food production are severe.

Agrifood 06-09-2017

Manufacturers to withdraw soft drinks from EU schools from 2018

Europe’s soft drinks industry has announced it will stop selling sugary beverages in all schools in the European Union from late 2018. Health campaigners have welcomed the move but said more needs to be done to promote healthy eating in schools.

Agrifood 06-09-2017

Italy to extend country of origin labelling to tomato products

The Italian ministry of agriculture declared its intention on Monday (4 September) to include the origin of primary ingredients on the labels of tomato-based products, drawing criticism from the European food and drink industry for "undermining the EU single market for food".

Agrifood 25-08-2017

Spain to recall 20,000 tonnes of fruit due to overproduction

The European Commission approved the Spanish Government’s request to recall nearly 20,000 tons of stone fruit from the market due toexcess production. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 25-08-2017

Food industry upset over obligatory labelling of origin of pasta and rice

Italy's decision to impose mandatory labelling on pasta and rice packaging has triggered protests from the food industry, which has called on the European Commission to cancel the measure.

Agrifood 24-08-2017

A stinky matter: Canada’s cheese quota settlement upsets EU dairy farmers

Canada’s federal government has finalised the details of an additional import quota that will allow 18,500 tonnes of European cheese to enter Canada, but EU dairy producers aren't happy. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Agrifood 23-08-2017

Spanish MEP wants ‘migration-style’ controls on food imports at the EU border

Spanish Partido Popular MEP Esther Herranz wants to harmonise the EU's border controls to protect food and plant products and prevent pests. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 10-08-2017

Despite labour shortage, British farmers aim for post-Brexit food self-sufficiency

British fruit farmers have warned the future of their sector is at risk because they cannot find enough seasonal workers to pick their produce. However, Farmers still see Brexit as an opportunity to adopt policies that would make the country more food self-efficient.

Agrifood 06-07-2017

Nestlé boss: Simplified food labels will better inform consumers

Simplified food label schemes like the UK-style traffic light will provide EU consumers clear and simple elements and therefore, better inform them, Marco Settembri told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 27-06-2017

Industry asks the Commission to harmonise sports food rules

Four sports foods trade associations launched a joint initiative on Monday (26 June) calling on the European Commission to amend EU food legislation and come up with harmonised rules to regulate their products and ensure their proper use and equal treatment in all member states.

Agrifood 07-04-2017

French winemakers launch campaign against ‘unfair’ Spanish competition

Winemakers in the Montpellier region in southern France have launched a media campaign to alert consumers to “unfair competition” from their Spanish counterparts, passing off their wine as French. EURACTIV Spain reports.

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Agrifood 20-02-2017

Savoury snacks: A sense of responsibility

Made from staple raw materials such as vegetables or grains, savoury snacks encompass a wide variety of products including, among others, potato crisps, puffed snacks, corn chips/tortillas, crackers and snack nuts.

Jonathan Faull
Economy & Jobs 06-01-2017

Faull: UK can’t buy single market access

Britain will not be able to buy access to the single market following its exit from the EU, a former top UK official at European Commission warned, casting doubt on mooted government plans for Britain's future relationship with the bloc.

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No time for business as usual: The food and drink industry’s growth ambition

Europe’s food and drink industry is committed to generating a value added growth of 2.5-3.5% per year by 2025, thanks to a set of policy recommendations to address the upcoming challenges responsibly and create solutions to increase sustainability, improve consumer trust and promote healthier lifestyles.


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Out of 289,000 food and drink companies in Europe, 9 in 10 are SMEs. They are present in every region and stand for both tradition and innovation in our industry. They are also at the heart of the Single Market. They may be small in scale, but they are big in impact.

They may be small in scale, but they are big in impact.

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