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Agrifood 23-10-2018

New EU bioeconomy strategy widens scope to solve more cycle problems

The European Commission's new strategy is seeking to create a sustainable bioeconomy and build a carbon-neutral future. Rather than just find a replacement for petroleum-based products, the strategy addresses broader cyclic challenges, including food and nutrition security.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 20-07-2017

EU adopts first restrictions on cancer-causing acrylamide in food

Representatives of the EU’s 28 member states voted yesterday (19 July) in favour of a European Commission proposal to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance present in fries, crisps, bread, biscuits, or coffee.
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 20-11-2015

Food industry focuses on sustainable sourcing to mitigate climate change

SPECIAL REPORT / Faced with a raw materials scarcity due to climate change, food and drink giants have turned to a sustainable management in order to protect the environment and ensure their future viability.

Commission seeks solutions to ‘confusing’ Green labelled products

SPECIAL REPORT / Adopting common methodologies to measure products’ environmental footprint is part of the EU’s efforts to move toward a green single market. But communicating this environmental information is a huge challenge.
Agrifood 04-11-2015

Parliament vote on novel foods heats up cloned animals debate

The European Parliament made it easier for 'novel foods' to enter the EU market last week (28 October). But all matters relating to cloned animals have been added to another legislative proposal, heating up debate on the issue.
Agrifood 16-10-2015

EU agri-food industries draw ‘red lines’ in TTIP battle

European agri-food business organisations have drawn their “red lines” ahead of the eleventh round of EU-US trade talks taking place next week, expressing serious concerns over access to the US market for their products.
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Appetite for the future: apprenticeships in the food and drink sector

?Like many other industries, the food and drinks sector is having difficulties hiring highly skilled workers. Apprenticeships, argues Mella Frewen, are crucial in developing the skills needed and retaining qualified workers, aruges Mella Frewen.