Single market for food

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.

Health 12-12-2016

New endocrine disruptor rules address your trade concerns, EU tells US, Canada

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission told the US and Canada that draft EU pesticides laws would “address the concerns” they had over possible trade restrictions on goods exposed to endocrine disruptors.

Health 22-11-2016

NGOs: Commission’s acrylamide regulation has ‘wrong’ legal basis

Food and consumer organisations claim that the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide is based on a wrong regulation and this has a direct effect on the lack of maximum levels, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Agrifood 29-09-2016

Welsh whisky wades into precarious Brexit world

EU rules are set to allow Wales to call itself a whisky producing nation, as the country prepares for the opening of its second distillery. But it is venturing into an industry that faces immense uncertainty because of the Brexit vote.

Trade & Society 15-06-2016

TTIP talks bogged down in food standards debate

Seemingly insurmountable differences in food standards are threatening to sink trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union.  EURACTIV Spain reports.

Global Europe 07-06-2016

At Ramadan, refugees in Europe dream of family and comfort food

As Ramadan began in Germany on Monday (6 June), Syrian asylum seeker Khairallah Swaid said he would pray for a reunion with his wife, who is stranded at a camp in Greece, and crave his mother's makloubeh, a meat and rice dish served during the fasting month.

Agrifood 01-06-2016

Food waste: Time for a paradigm shift from ‘selling more’ to ‘selling better’

Consumers have a crucial role to play in reducing food waste, but change will have to take place at every stage of the supply chain, including a revolution in supermarket marketing practices, according to Olivier Jan.

Agrifood 27-05-2016

French food waste could feed ten million people

France wastes enough food every year to feed ten million people, or cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 3%, according to a study published on Thursday (26 May) by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).  EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Trade & Society 10-05-2016

Malmström concerned about public perception of TTIP

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has admitted she is worried about the increasingly negative attitude in the EU towards the trade talks with the United States.

‘European MIT’ will look for innovators in food, industry and urban mobility

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is opening a “new chapter” to overcome some of its early mistakes, and plans to expand by adding food, the digitalisation of industry and urban mobility to its priority areas.

Agrifood 01-03-2016

Bernd Lange: The US needs to improve workers’ rights

EXCLUSIVE / Labour rights in the US must be improved before any potential TTIP deal is signed and Brexit’s economic impact is of concern, according to the chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade, Bernd Lange.

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Agrifood 16-02-2016

EU agricultural emissions: On the table

In 2012, agriculture was responsible for over 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

Agrifood 19-10-2015

Tackling climate change is the key to producing enough nutritious food to beat hunger

Developing a viable and vibrant agricultural sector presents a significant market opportunity for small and family farmers, write Phil Hogan and Neven Mimica.

Climate change 16-10-2015

Paris’ ecological footprint in decline

Cleaner transport has helped reduce the ecological footprint of the Île-de-France region over the last decade, but housing and food are two energy intensive sectors where little has changed. Journal de l'Environnement reports

Agrifood 23-09-2015

European Commission, don’t ‘chicken’ out on a sustainable food strategy

The Commission must develop a strategy towards a sustainable EU food and farming system, including the introduction of a target to reduce the consumption of animal products by 30 percent by 2030, writes Joanna Swabe.

Agrifood 16-09-2015

Innovative microinsurance protects poor farmers against climate change

SPECIAL REPORT / Farmers in the Global South can protect their business by insuring their crops against climate hazards. But this system is held back by a lack of reliable climate data. EURACTIV France reports

Agrifood 09-09-2015

Parliament deals heavy blow to Commission’s cloning proposal

The European Union imports 500,000 tonnes of beef every year, largely from countries where cloning is authorised. But lawmakers want to stop clones from ending up on European plates. EURACTIV France reports

France boosts efforts to tackle food waste

France’s Minister for Ecology, Ségolène Royale, has obtained a series of commitments from French supermarket chains to limit food waste. She also hopes to change the EU’s expiry date system for certain foods. EURACTIV France reports

Agrifood 23-07-2015

British lawmakers demand action from Juncker on food waste

The House of Lords, along with 16 member states, sent a letter to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (22 July) demanding that the EU crack down on food waste. 

Agrifood 19-06-2015

Parliament demands moratorium on cloned animal products

MEPs have taken a harder line than the one proposed by the Commission on cloned animals, refusing to authorise food products from clones and their descendants. EURACTIV France reports

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Agrifood 28-04-2015

Safe Food for European Consumers

Safe food is a prerequisite for food security and paramount to the industry. The production, marketing and consumption of safe food are non-negotiable requirements that all partners along the food chain must adhere to, regardless of their place from farm to fork.

FoodDrinkEurope

FoodDrinkEurope is the organisation of Europe’s food and drink industry. Our supply and manufacturing chains are largely integrated across the EU, whether for small or large businesses, and so is the intra-EU trade. The free circulation of goods guaranteed by the Single Market is essential to a competitive food industry, to uphold its 4.2 million jobs and its growth ambition.

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Brexit

FoodDrinkEurope aims to play an active role in the Brexit process. Our goal is to ensure the least disruptive outcome for the food and drink sector at large.

Click here to read our industry’s position on Brexit.

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.


Watch FoodDrinkEurope’s President presenting the industry’s growth ambition





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.

Each of them has a story to tell…