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FoodDrinkEurope Quarterly News

March 2015



General News Food Safety and Science Competitiveness Nutrition and Health Environmental Sustainability

FoodDrinkEurope Congress 2015: Register Now

26/03/2015 General News

Join us in Milan from 29 June to 3 July 2015, where the European Food and Drink Week at EXPO Milano will serve as the background for FoodDrinkEurope’s Congress. EXPO 2015 will focus on “Feeding the planet, Energy for life” and will run from May through to October in Milan. In that context, FoodDrinkEurope’s Congress will be held at the EU Pavilion of the Universal Exhibition. 

Click here to visit our dedicated website to explore the programme in detail, register and book your accommodation.

There are no registration fees for attending the congress. Read more

Related Event: Euro-Mediterranean days at Universal EXPO Milano 2015

25/03/2015 General News

EXPO Milano, the Universal Exhibition, will take place in Milan from the 1st of May until the 31st of October 2015 and will focus on "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".  It will attract over 140 countries and 20 million visitors from all over the word. The Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission will organise several events between the EU and partner countries, including with its Mediterranean neighbours and Turkey. 

The EUROMED days will take place on 6 and 7 May 2015. They will be an excellent opportunity to promote the attractiveness of the EU and its Southern neighbourhood to invest, import, export and do business together. Read more

A view from the European Parliament

27/03/2015 General News

2015 has seen a busy start to the legislative calendar for Europe’s food and drink industry in the European Parliament. We have seen progress on a number of key files, in particular the revision of the Circular Economy Package, novel foods, a proposal on biofuels. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Package (TTIP) and mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat in processed foods are described in more detail below. Read more

Upcoming Event: Safe Food for European Consumers - WHO World Health Day 2015

26/03/2015 Food Safety and Science

With the upcoming World Health Day 2015 focusing on Food Safety, EurActiv and FoodDrinkEurope, are organising a Stakeholder Conference on 16 April, at the Brussels Press Club (4.00 to 6.30pm). 

To register please follow this link. Read more

TTIP Round 8… and more to come

24/03/2015 Competitiveness

The latest Round (Round 8) of the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place in Brussels from 2 to 6 February. As part of the discussions, both sides reviewed and clarified their initial tariff offers on agricultural market access. They intend to continue their discussion in the next round. The parties also focused on the so-called horizontal regulatory pillar, which consists in Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues (food safety and animal and plant health) and Regulatory Co-operation/Coherence and Transparency. Read more

What’s on a label? FoodDrinkEurope launches Reference Intakes website

26/03/2015 Nutrition and Health

FoodDrinkEurope welcomed, a few months ago, the new Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers with the launch of a new website to explain the concept of Reference Intakes (http://referenceintakes.eu). As of this month, the website is also available in German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Additional versions in other EU languages will be launched in the upcoming weeks. Read more

Mandatory origin labelling for meat: hurtful to business, consumers & environment

26/03/2015 Nutrition and Health

Members of the European Parliament have recently called for mandatory country of origin labelling for the meat which is used as an ingredient in processed foods. Such a mandatory requirement could however have a strong impact on businesses, on consumers and on the environment. Indeed, consumers are increasingly interested in origin information, and many European companies have already responded to this by voluntarily providing information about the origin of their food products. Read more

Stock-taking in food wastage prevention

24/03/2015 Environmental Sustainability

Over 80% of FoodDrinkEurope members are working to identify the causes of food wastage in their production systems and optimise their processes accordingly. This is one of the encouraging findings of a survey carried out by FoodDrinkEurope, the results of which were published in a report entitled ‘Preventing food wastage in the food and drink sector’. Read more


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