About: agri-food sector

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 18-08-2017

‘Zero calories’: Industry moving to reduce sugar in EU beverages

The European soft drink industry has long been involved in a gradual process of removing added sugar from its products and introducing “zero calories” varieties on the market. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Agrifood 11-08-2017

Commission calls meeting on egg crisis to end member states ‘blaming and shaming’

The European Commission will call an emergency meeting of ministers over insecticide-tainted eggs in a bid to end "blaming and shaming" over the scandal, health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Friday (11 August).

Agrifood 11-08-2017

Contaminated eggs: Arrests made as scandal spreads East

Luxembourg became the latest European country hit by a scare over tainted eggs, with a major supermarket chain pulling them from the shelves and other firms affected, authorities said on Thursday (10 August).

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 10-08-2017

Belgium lashes out at the Netherlands, says it knew about eggs scandal

Belgium accused the Netherlands on Wednesday (9 August) of failing to inform it that eggs were tainted with insecticide despite knowing about the problem since last November, as Europe's latest food safety scandal deepened.

Agrifood 20-07-2017

Italy demands origin labels for pasta and rice

All packets of pasta and rice sold in Italy will have to include labels of origin showing where the produce was grown, the government ruled on Thursday (20 July), in a move it said was aimed at protecting local farmers.

Agrifood 07-06-2017

Brexit risks disrupting EU agriculture market, experts warn

EU farm and food businesses may pay a big price for Brexit if new trade barriers pop up and dim the British appetite for products like Irish cheddar, French wine and Danish bacon, experts and advocates warn.

Global Europe 06-06-2017

Mimica: Private sector has a key role in reaching the SDGs

The massive need for investment in projects of public interest in developing countries cannot be met by the public sector alone, this is why the involvement of the private sector in reaching the SDGs is key, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 28-04-2017

No quick and easy fix to food price issue, EU official admits

There will be no easy solution to high food prices in Europe unless the supply chain is made transparent and farmers get organised to take a bigger slice of the market, a European Commission official has warned.

Agrifood 27-04-2017

Spanish farmers say new CAP should provide dignity

Agri-food producers recognise the need to become competitive and sustainable. But they also need to deal with market volatility, price imbalances in the value chain, uncertainty generated by free trade agreements and Russia's ban on EU imports. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 11-04-2017

Slovak study fuels concerns about lower quality food in Eastern Europe

A new study carried out by the Slovak government has found significant quality differences in the same products sold in Slovakia and Austria.

Agrifood 27-03-2017

Commission calms Trump by clearing major agro-chemical merger

The European Commission approved on Monday (27 March) the proposed $130 billion merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont. But the decision triggered a strong reaction from environmentalists, who believe that such mergers lead to “major monopolies”.

Agrifood 07-03-2017

Spain’s contribution to global agri-trade

Global trade has its ups and downs and the numbers involved are often difficult to comprehend. EURACTIV's partner EFEAGRO visualises EU agri-trade, with a focus on Spain's contribution, in this infographic.

Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

The European Union, an agri-food world power

The food industry accounts for seven out of every €100 of trade between the European Union and the rest of the world. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

20-02-2017

Food exports: A Spanish success story

Exports from Spain’s outward-looking food industry are booming. Since the economic crisis began in 2008, Spanish food exporters have seen six years of growth, expanding the sector by 60%. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 06-02-2017

Pesticide bans are catch-22 for landowners

Landowners need crop protection products to feed our growing population. By removing crop protection products from the market, the EU is endangering its own food security, writes Robert de Graeff.

Agrifood 09-01-2017

Neurological study: Mediterranean diet helps brain health

Older people who don’t follow a “Mediterranean diet” are more likely to have a higher loss of total brain volume over time, new scientific research has found.

Agrifood 28-10-2016

Diplomat: Changing eating habits in new markets favour EU exports

A rising middle class in emerging markets, focused on food quality, bodes well for EU agri-exports, said Marc Vanheukelen, the European Union's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). EURACTIV.com reports from Athens.

Agrifood 26-10-2016

Éric Andrieu: ‘The CAP has been disastrous for jobs’

A European Parliament report calls on the EU to target subsidies at small and medium-sized businesses and promote short supply chains and organic food in order to boost employment in the agricultural sector. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 01-07-2016

Food donation should be the norm, industry says

European food banks and business organisations have joined forces to promote food donations in an effort to tackle waste.

Agrifood 14-06-2016

Ukrainian diplomat: EU Association Agreement ‘major opportunity’ for agri-trade

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is a “challenge” for Kyiv but also a “great opportunity” for the longer-term competitiveness of the agriculture sector, a Ukrainian diplomat told EURACTIV.com.

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Agrifood 29-04-2016

Investment in agriculture, growth and jobs. What role for the CAP?

In the EU, agriculture directly employs more than 10 million farmers. More than 77% of the Union’s territory is rural and home to half of its population. Overall, Europe’s agri-food industry accounts for 46 million jobs in 15 million businesses, accounting for 6% of the EU’s GDP.