Summary
The European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Round Table adopts framework to assess environmental impact of food
Food and drink social partners highlight need for targeted action to ensure future of the sector
International Trade Developments
Food manufacturers and retailers launch joint Guidance on EU labelling rules
Feeding the World 2014 - Sustainable solutions for a global crisis
Competitiveness Report 2013-2014: Promoting an EU Industrial Policy for Food and Drink
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Save the Date: Challenges and Opportunities for the European agri-food industry

A Roundtable organised by FoodDrinkEurope and COPA-COGECA

Hosted by MEP Vital Moreira and MEP Paolo De Castro

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FoodDrinkEurope's priorities for the Greek Presidency of the EU

With a new year comes a new Presidency! In January, FoodDrinkEurope published a short brochure outlining the priorities of Europe’s food and drink manufacturers for the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU, which runs until 30 June of this year.


With a new year comes a new Presidency! In January, FoodDrinkEurope published a short brochure outlining the priorities of Europe’s food and drink manufacturers for the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU, which runs until 30 June of this year.

Some of the priorities outlined in the brochure include:

• Developing an ambitious and proactive policy for food and drink and establishing a permanent High Level Forum to enforce this policy;

• Delivering on a genuine European Innovation Union both by promoting a science-based approach to new technologies and by overcoming bottlenecks to bring new products to the market;

• Ensuring that the food and drink industry is duly consulted during the ongoing implementation discussions about the new EU labelling rules , in particular with regard to those implementing measures which have a direct impact on food and drink manufacturing; and,

• Supporting the implementation of the Joint Declaration on Food Wastage ‘Every Crumb Counts’, a joint stakeholder initiative spearheaded by FoodDrinkEurope, the efforts to work towards preventing edible food waste, and promoting a life-cycle approach to reducing wastage.

Download the full brochure from the FoodDrinkEurope website here.

Upcoming Events
 
Save the Date: Challenges and Opportunities for the European agri-food industry
TTIP negotiations - Key non-tariff measures

A Roundtable organised by FoodDrinkEurope and COPA-COGECA

Hosted by MEP Vital Moreira and MEP Paolo De Castro


A Roundtable organised by FoodDrinkEurope and COPA-COGECA

Hosted by MEP Vital Moreira and MEP Paolo De Castro

When & Where?: 28 January 2014 from 16:30 –18:00 at 

European Parliament - Altiero Spinelli A3G-2 

Brussels

For further information, please contact: d.nickel@fooddrinkeurope.eu - Tel. +32 2 5008754

NEWS
The European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Round Table adopts framework to assess environmental impact of food

On 20 November 2013, The European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Round Table adopted, during its plenary meeting, the ENVIFOOD Protocol, a harmonised framework methodology to assess the environmental impact of food products.


On 20 November 2013, The European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Round Table adopted, during its plenary meeting, the ENVIFOOD Protocol, a harmonised framework methodology to assess the environmental impact of food products.

Following public consultation and pilot testing of the nineteen participants involved (including companies, sectoral associations, academia and others), the Round Table adopted the final methodology for the ENVIFOOD Protocol. The Protocol lays the ground for the upcoming Commission Environmental Footprint methodology pilots for food and drink products, to be launched in 2014 and in which the Round Table will play an active role.

The plenary welcomed high level speakers from the EU institutions, industry and academia including: Pavel Misiga, (Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG Environment), Alexandre Meybeck, (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation) as well as key experts from the French, Dutch and Swiss national governments.

Download the final methodology for the ENVIFOOD Protocol here.

 
Food and drink social partners highlight need for targeted action to ensure future of the sector

EFFAT (the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions) and FoodDrinkEurope, Europe’s food and drink manufacturing and processing industry (FDMP) social partners, published in November a major research project on employment and skills in FDMP. The study was presented at a high level conference in Brussels attended by distinguished speakers from the European Commission, academia, trade unions and industry representatives.


EFFAT (the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions) and FoodDrinkEurope, Europe’s food and drink manufacturing and processing industry (FDMP) social partners, published in November a major research project on employment and skills in FDMP. The study was presented at a high level conference in Brussels attended by distinguished speakers from the European Commission, academia, trade unions and industry representatives.

The study, conducted by Improve (the UK Sector Skills Council), provides an up-to-date economic analysis of the structure and demographic composition of the FDMP sector and workforce. It also illuminates current and emerging workforce skills and competence needs, gathers best practice examples of employability and up-skilling measures, and lists jobs and career progression pathways in the sector.

The study findings will set the agenda for the future work of the social partners, who have already led numerous joint initiatives since the European Social Dialogue for the food and drink industry was launched in January 2012

This Project VP/2012/001/0021 is co-financed by the European Commission.

Download the study here.

 
International Trade Developments

FoodDrinkEurope welcomed the agreement reached at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali. The Bali package or ‘Doha lite’ deal consists of a selection of issues from the Doha Round negotiations: trade facilitation, agriculture, and issues related to development. The commitment shown in Bali sends a positive signal that the WTO can deliver on trade liberalisation. Europe’s food and drink manufacturers remain strong supporters of a balanced multilateral rules-based trading system which provides a level playing field for all countries.


FoodDrinkEurope welcomed the agreement reached at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali. The Bali package or ‘Doha lite’ deal consists of a selection of issues from the Doha Round negotiations: trade facilitation, agriculture, and issues related to development. The commitment shown in Bali sends a positive signal that the WTO can deliver on trade liberalisation. Europe’s food and drink manufacturers remain strong supporters of a balanced multilateral rules-based trading system which provides a level playing field for all countries.

In November 2013, the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, met Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo for the twenty-first EU-Japan Summit. FoodDrinkEurope, COPA-COGECA  and CELCAA, the EU agri-food chain organisations representing European farmers, agri-cooperatives, food and drink manufacturers and agri-food traders,  reaffirmed their strong support for a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Japan.

In a joint position published on 8 November, Copa-Cogeca and FoodDrinkEurope supported on-going negotiations on the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. This agreement provides a unique opportunity to eliminate regulatory obstacles, which is a key priority for the European agri-food industry.

FoodDrinkEurope also welcomed the political agreement reached between the EU and Canada on the key elements of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). With Canada being the eighth most important export destination for EU food and drink products, FoodDrinkEurope looks forward to the final details of the agreement and the conclusion of negotiations.

 
Food manufacturers and retailers launch joint Guidance on EU labelling rules

In September, FoodDrinkEurope, together with EuroCommerce, launched an online Guidance brochure to facilitate a common understanding between food retailers and manufacturers in the EU on the requirements of EU labelling rules which will enter into force next year.


In September, FoodDrinkEurope, together with EuroCommerce, launched an online Guidance brochure to facilitate a common understanding between food retailers and manufacturers in the EU on the requirements of EU labelling rules which will enter into force next year [1].

Taking into account the changes that are needed as a result of the upcoming legislation, the Guidance document is a key aid for food business operators. The new EU Regulation is complex and the legal text leaves room for interpretation; the aim of the Guidance document is to provide further clarity to help bring consistency while also raising the awareness of the new labelling rules among food business operators across Europe and beyond.

Developed largely with the aim of assisting small and medium-sized food business operators and interested national authorities, the Guidance brochure is available here in an attractive and easy-to-read format.

 [1] Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers enters into force on 13 December 2014.

Feeding the World 2014 - Sustainable solutions for a global crisis

It is widely known that the world population is expected to grow in population to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. With limited agricultural land, water security issues, infrastructure and biodiversity challenges coupled with climate change, this population explosion is leading us towards an impending food security crisis.


It is widely known that the world population is expected to grow in population to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. With limited agricultural land, water security issues, infrastructure and biodiversity challenges coupled with climate change, this population explosion is leading us towards an impending food security crisis.

There is a need to build resilient food systems that enable people everywhere to get the nutrients they need from birth, thus eliminating the blight of hunger and malnutrition and the effects that it causes in the long-term, both to individual people and to the health and wealth of the societies they live in.

Global corporations are waking up to the need for sustainable development, responsible land use and fair prices. Whilst world leaders continue to work towards feeding the future as well as ensuring sustained economic growth across the developing world.

In 2014 we will bring together a high-level group of policy-makers, industry chief executive officers, NGOs, scientists and agricultural pioneers from all over the world to explore the crucial business measures and public-private cooperation needed to create sustainable solutions for future food security.

 

FoodDrinkEurope members and subscribers save 20% on the full delegate prices. Quote ‘FDE/DC’ at the checkout.

Event website:  http://www.economistinsights.com/sustainability-resources/event/feeding-world-2014?utm_source=FoodDrinkEurope&utm_medium=Event%20listing%20&utm_campaign=EM0167%20Feeding%20the%20World%20

NEW PUBLICATION
 
Competitiveness Report 2013-2014: Promoting an EU Industrial Policy for Food and Drink

FoodDrinkEurope recently launched its Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, calling on policymakers in the EU to help bring about the reality of an EU Industrial Policy for food and drink, to benefit consumers and actors along the food supply chain.


FoodDrinkEurope recently launched its Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, calling on policymakers in the EU to help bring about the reality of an EU Industrial Policy for food and drink, to benefit consumers and actors along the food supply chain.

Download the report here.

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