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FoodDrinkEurope Quarterly News

January 2017



General News Nutrition and Health Competitiveness Environmental Sustainability CSR and Social Dialogue

Snapshot of 2016: a busy and fruitful year

General News

2016 was a busy and fruitful year for FoodDrinkEurope, despite the challenging political landscape. Looking back on the achievements and challenges clearly shows the progress and ambitions which drive our team and our members alike. Read more

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes the Maltese Presidency

General News

On 1 January, Malta took the helm of the Presidency of the Council for the first time since joining the EU in 2004. We want to thank the Slovak Presidency for their hard work and positive collaboration and welcome Malta. The Presidency’s overarching theme will be to bring the EU closer to the people by encouraging dialogue on the role of the EU. Read more

A view from the European Parliament

General News

Already two and a half years into their mandate, MEPs are in the midst of a reshuffle, having last week just appointed a new President and fourteen Vice-Presidents as well as agreeing upon the revised composition of the Parliamentary committees. Read more

FoodDrinkEurope is shortlisted as a finalist for The European Association Awards

General News

FoodDrinkEurope has been shortlisted as finalist in The European Association Awards 2017 with entries in the Best Association Publication and Best Use of Social Media categories. Read more

Eat and Live Well!

Nutrition and Health

We all agree that what we eat plays an important part in our health, but so do our way of life, our level of physical activity, our sleep, our stress levels, etc. Europe’s food and drink industry has long been at the forefront of recommendations for balanced diets and healthy lifestyles. In order to support them, FoodDrinkEurope has compiled over 150 case studies from members, individual companies, national and sector federations; together these examples form the Eat and Live Well website, launched last October. Read more

Small Scale, Big Impact: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises at the heart of Europe’s food and drink industry


Food and drink SMEs are a pillar of their communities, employing mostly local manpower – nearly 2.8 million workers, i.e. enough jobs for the entire population of Lithuania. They source their raw materials mostly from Europe. This makes them essential actors in our economy. In order to celebrate and promote their culture, tradition and contribution to growth, FoodDrinkEurope launched a new initiative entitled ‘Small Scale, Big Impact’. The launch event took place on Thursday 24 November, during the European SME Week. Read more

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


The food and drink industry has made its ambition clear: we commit to generating value added growth of 2.5-3.5% per year by 2025. This is a step forward compared to our past performance and a significant contribution to the EU. To this end, we have prepared an ambitious programme for our industry. Read more

CETA: A crucial step forward for the EU and for Canada


In October 2016, following intense negotiations, FoodDrinkEurope welcomed the signature of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), one of the most ambitious and progressive agreements ever negotiated. Read more

Data and trends report 2016


FoodDrinkEurope’s latest Data & Trends report was published in October 2016. The long-standing publication that gets updated every year, includes key figures and insights on the industry’s performance, as it remains the largest manufacturing industry in the EU in terms of turnover, value added and employment. Read more

FoodDrinkEurope’s work on food waste prevention gets further recognition

Environmental Sustainability

FoodDrinkEurope has put the fight against food waste as one of its key priorities and has continued to meaningfully engage with policy makers, while promoting the industry’s commitments in this area. Read more

The challenge of attracting new talents in the food and drink industry

CSR and Social Dialogue

Successfully recruiting new talents and managing an ageing workforce in the European food and drink industry are the themes of the toolbox report that FoodDrinkEurope launched together with EFFAT in Bratislava, during the Slovak Presidency of the EU. The report is based on the compilation of 28 hands-on good practice examples and tools submitted by respective national affiliates and members of the European social partners. Read more 


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