Single market for food

Agrifood 25-10-2018

EU Parliament resists retailers’ pressure, starts talks on unfair trade practices

Brushing aside pressure from EU retailers, the European Parliament gave Paolo De Castro, a socialist MEP and rapporteur for unfair trade practices, the mandate on Thursday (25 October) to immediately start trilogue negotiations on the issue with the EU Council and Commission.
Agrifood 19-10-2018

New food transparency rules risk falling victim to EU institution spat

The future of the new proposed rules on food transparency is unclear, as the European Parliament and the Commission disagree on the timeframe to move the discussion forward.
Agrifood 18-10-2018

EU retailers pressure MEPs to kill unfair trade practices proposals

Retailers are putting pressure on EU lawmakers to postpone a much-awaited vote next week on the European Commission’s proposed directive on unfair trade practices, EURACTIV.com has learnt.
Agrifood 12-09-2018

Visegrad +4 push for extension of unfair trade practices to large suppliers

The Visegrad Four, as well as Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia, have warned about “disproportions” in the food supply chain if large suppliers are not covered by the European Commission’s proposal on unfair trade practices (UTPs).
Agrifood 07-09-2018

Debate on the scope of unfair trade practices heats up in EU Parliament

The final scope of the European Commission’s proposals on unfair trade practices (UTPs) in the EU food supply chain has divided stakeholders, as it has not been decided yet if large companies should also be included in the legislation, in addition to small and medium firms.
Alcohol 06-08-2018

MEPs ask Commission to reject industry’s alcohol labelling proposal

A group of MEPs has called on the European Commission to turn down an industry proposal on alcohol labelling, claiming that alcoholic beverages should no longer enjoy a preferential regime compared to other foodstuffs.
Agrifood 26-07-2018

Mars boss: EU-UK should prepare to extend Article 50 or transition period

London and Brussels should be “pragmatic” and prepare to either extend Article 50 or the transition period so that Brexit talks can progress "in the right way", Mars Wrigley Confectionery's regional president for Europe, Russia, CIS and Turkey told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 28-03-2018

Chocolate firms still have long way to go to have sustainable policies

Chocolate companies still have “a huge amount of work to do” in implementing truly sustainable policies, with some doing much better than others, the Washington-based NGO Mighty Earth concluded in a consumer guide ranking chocolate producers, published a few days ahead of Easter.
Agrifood 15-03-2018

EU farm support does not distort trade, Commission tells Washington

The EU financial support to farmers, including to Spanish olive producers, does not distort trade, European Commission sources told EURACTIV.com in light of the rising tensions between Brussels and the US government over trade.  
Agrifood 12-02-2018

Country of origin food labelling to be voluntary, but not always

Country of origin food labelling will be obligatory only if the main ingredient of a particular food product comes from a different country and the producer wants to have the country of origin label, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 01-02-2018

Danish illegal ‘feta’ cheese exports face EU probe

The European Commission warned Copenhagen to enforce protection of the protected designation of origin “Feta”, following information that Danish companies export the product outside the EU with misleading labelling.
Brexit 18-01-2018

UK agriculture must ‘invest to compete’ after Brexit, say industry leaders

Britain’s agriculture industry must work to “incentivise the implementation of research and development” if it is to compete globally after Brexit, farming leaders told a EURACTIV roundtable in Westminster on Tuesday (16 January).
Agrifood 09-01-2018

Food and drink industry calls for ‘functioning’ single market, Brexit certainty

Europe’s food and drink industry relies heavily on the EU single market to underpin its steady growth rate, but it has warned that Brexit poses a real threat to the future of many businesses.
Agrifood 09-01-2018

Cheese is the beef as EU-Mexico trade talks resume

The EU and Mexico resumed talks Monday (8 January) aimed at sealing a new version of their 18-year-old trade deal, a project that has hit several snags – including the touchy issue of cheese.
Agrifood 05-12-2017

Italy spearheads initiative to limit rice imports to the EU

Italy and seven other EU countries asked the European Commission on 24 November to allow them to limit rice imports from Cambodia, on the grounds of “protecting the Italian and European Rice industry.” 
Agrifood 29-11-2017

Italy’s labelling manoeuvre worries Commission and pasta makers

An Italian tribunal approved on 22 November the decrees signed by the ministries of agriculture and of economic development to include the country of origin of cereals on rice and pasta labels. The move was welcomed by Coldiretti, Italy’s largest farmers union, but worried the European Commission and pasta makers.
Agrifood 24-11-2017

Italian Minister: Agriculture and environment must go ‘hand in hand’

Agriculture and the environment must go hand in hand, taking into account the role that each plays, Italian Minister for Environment Gian Luca Galletti told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 22-11-2017

Agri-food industries highlight risks of hard Brexit, demand clarity

The EU’s food and drink industry has joined forces with farmers and agri-food traders to call for a smooth Brexit transition and highlight the damage a cliff-edge EU exit would do to the bloc’s food chain.
Agrifood 13-11-2017

Greek yogurt is produced only in Greece, Commission warns Prague

The denomination “Greek yogurt” cannot be used for yogurts produced outside Greece, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com amid mounting tensions between Athens and Prague on the issue.
Agrifood 08-11-2017

The ins and outs of the European food chain

The 44 million workers in the EU’s food chain are vital to ensuring European citizens have access to sufficient quantities of high quality food. From farmers to retailers, the sector is constantly evolving to keep up with the major challenges of the future.
Agrifood 02-11-2017

France opts for colour coded nutrition labelling

France's ministers for health, agriculture and the economy signed on Tuesday (31 October) a decree introducing a voluntary labelling scheme for food products to reduce obesity, causing upheaval in the food industry.
Agrifood 24-10-2017

Spreading thin: France grapples with butter shortage, price hike

France is facing a shortage of butter in supermarkets, as producers are scrambling to meet increased demand. The price hike should last for months. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
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.

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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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For a Single Market with a purpose

For a Single Market with a purpose

The EU food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in terms of turnover, value added and employment, is a strong advocate for a real Single Market. To that end, FoodDrinkEurope calls for:

  • High-level political commitment towards the Single Market, leading to a long-term vision
  • Prioritisation of Single Market issues at EU level focusing on a strong, competitive and sustainable supply chain
  • High-level coordination to ensure a relevant regulatory framework to support European industry
  • Improved functioning of mutual recognition in the non-harmonised areas

Read our Manifesto and find out more.


Give a voice to everyone and stop unfair practices

Industry working with farmers

The food and drink industry builds long-term partnerships with Europe’s farmers to secure a local agricultural supply, creates value and develops market opportunities for agricultural products and connects farmers and consumers in the food chain.

Find out more in our latest report.


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 FoodDrinkEurope's recommendations on the Brexit negotiations.


"Small Scale, Big Impact": Europe"s food and drink SMEs

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.

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

Each of them has a story to tell…