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More than food
Europe’s food and drink industry is about offering safe and nutritious products for all to enjoy. But there is more to it. Explore our initiatives on nutrition, sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship because we are also about much More Than Food!
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Eat & Live Well
Helping you enjoy a healthy and balanced diet
Despite the variety and quality of food available today, people often find it difficult to eat a balanced diet. We all agree that what we eat plays an important part in our health, but so does our overall lifestyle. As an industry, we are working with food manufacturers, partners and stakeholders to tackle today’s health and nutrition related societal challenges, so you can continue to enjoy what you eat and drink, today and tomorrow.
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Fruit juices and nectars
Fruit juices are directly derived from fruit, and they are minimally processed. As such, their composition is very similar to the composition of the fruit itself, which does not allow for much reformulation. In addition, as per the Council Directive 2001/112/EC on fruit juices, addition of sugar to fruit juices is not allowed.In many EU countries a glass of fruit juice can count as one of the5-a-day portions of fruits and vegetables.NectarsIn the past years, the Fruit Juice sector has taken concrete steps to improve the composition of nectars:• UNIJUS (The French Association of Juice and Nectars producers) signed in 2006 a collective engagement to reduce by 5% the added sugar content in nectars. This engagement was achieved in 2012. The “Charte nutritionnelle d’engagement” was signed in the framework of the French PNNS program (Plan National Nutrition Santé).• The Eckes-Granini Group has a pledge on 10% added sugar reduction by 2020 per liter sold of nectars and drinksCoca-Cola performed nectars’ reformulation in particular in France, Belgium and Spain:In France & Belgium, between 2006 and 2012, Coca-Cola reduced the added sugar content of Minute Maid Tropical by 4%, and the added sugar content of Minute Maid Pineapple by 13.5%.In Spain, between 2010 and 2014, Coca-Cola reduced the total sugar content of Minute Maid Antiox-1 from 10.3g to 6g/100ml, from 10.9g to 7.4g/100ml in Minute Maid Antiox-2, from 11.3g to 10.8g/100ml in Minute Maid Duafrutos.The post Fruit juices and nectars appeared first on Eat and Live Well.
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Sugar reduction in soy and plant-based drinks
Fully aware of the need to contribute to the fight against obesity and associated diseases and to help consumers switch to healthy options, ENSA members are committed to provide consumers with healthy plant-based foods and beverages. That is why over the last decade, ENSA members have been working intensively to offer consumers a more diverse range of products including unsweetened versions.Soy-based foods are nutrient-dense products and sources of high-quality protein, that represent a nutritionally equivalent alternative to dairy products for people who choose not to consume animal-based foods for various reasons. Other plant-based foods and beverages (made from nuts, seeds and cereals) are also a source of important nutrients, such as calcium, vitamins B2 and D, and fibres, although they have a lower protein content than soy foods.Plain soy and plant-based drinks manufactured by ENSA members are generally low in sugars. However, ENSA members – composed of Alpro, Triballat, Nutriton&Nature, Valsoia and Liquats Vegetals – have decided to commit to further reducing the amount of total sugars in their overall portfolio of soy and plant-based drinks by 5% between 2015 and 2020.The reduction will be measured by the Secretariat of the Association on an annual basis. The Secretariat will report on the overall progress achieved by the Association.Read more about ENSA’s commitment here.The post Sugar reduction in soy and plant-based drinks appeared first on Eat and Live Well.
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10 percent sugar reduction between 2015-2020
The European soft drinks industry announced in February 2017 that it is tripling the pace of its added sugars reduction to deliver a further 10% by 2020.  The sector already reduced calories by 12% since 2000.This initiative meets changing consumer preferences for lower sugar products and also responds to the EU call for reformulation and sugar reduction across the food industry.  UNESDA is the first food and drink sector to respond to the EU Added Sugar Annex and its 10% sugar reduction target.  It hopes that others will follow suit in order to generate critical mass.The 10% added sugars reduction will be achieved through:–          Reformulating existing products–          Innovating to introduce new products with no or reduced sugar–          Increasing the availability of smaller pack sizes to allow portion control, and–          Placing promotion behind drinks with reduced and no sugar to encourage consumer choiceClick on the picture to open the infographicThe post 10 percent sugar reduction between 2015-2020 appeared first on Eat and Live Well.
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Estonian food & drink companies investing in product formulation
The Estonian Food Industry Association reported on food reformulation examples from local companies. Successful examples include:• Felix ketchup reduced its salt content by 30% and calorie content by 40%. In 2010, Felix also reduced the salt content of its pea soup from 1.8% to 1.2%. The recipe of Felix mayonnaise was renewed in 2012. It now contains 3% fat.• Leibur bakery products reduced salt to 1.0-1.1%.• Between 2009 and 2016, Farmi reformulated its blueberry yoghurt. The sugar content decreased by 23%, thus eliminating 19-20 tons of sugar in 8 years.• Valio committed to reduce the sugar content of all fresh products by 15% by the end of 2017.  In addition, in 2017, Valio will reduce the content of sugar in Alma yoghurts by 31% (average), in Alma curd cream by 20% (average) and in kefir by 16% (average).The post Estonian food & drink companies investing in product formulation appeared first on Eat and Live Well.
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Small Scale, Big impact
Making food and drink SMEs’ voices heard
Ninety percent of Europe’s 289,000 food and drink companies are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Essential to our economy, they employ local workforces and mostly source their raw materials from across Europe, often locally. We all know them and enjoy their products, whether they are guardians of culinary traditions or innovative start-ups. As a sector, we are working to ensure you hear their stories. After all, they may be small, but they have a big impact!
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Small Scale, Big Impact: SMEs in the food and drink industry project launched
At an event hosted on 24 November 2016 by the European Economic & Social Committee, FoodDrinkEurope launched its “Small scale, big impact” project, highlighting the key role Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises play in Europe’s food and drink sector. Commissioner Hogan welcomed the participants and SME representatives who presented their products and shared their experience with policy-makers.   “9 in 10 food and drink companies in Europe are SMEs”, explained Mella Frewen, Director General of FoodDrinkEurope. “They are present from the very North to the deepest South and represent not only tradition and know-how but also innovation and local employment. It was essential for us to seize the opportunity of the SME Week to put them in the spotlight”.     Europe’s food and drink SMEs represent half of the sector’s turnover (49.5%) and almost 63% of its employment. They are therefore a crucial actor in our economy. The “Small scale, big impact” project is supported by a website which presents individual companies from various Member States and sectors, who share their experience, challenges and successes.   The project will promote further dialogue with food and drink SMEs and help ensure that their preoccupations and needs are taken into consideration as part of a European sector policy.     The launch will be followed this afternoon by a roundtable with the contributing SMEs, relevant Commission services and national and sector associations representatives, held at FoodDrinkEurope premises.   Read full Press Release
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Europe’s food and drink SMEs
There are 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. These companies produce a vast range of foods and drinks, satisfying the diverse and constantly changing needs of Europe’s 500 million consumers, as well as of customers worldwide.   Food & drink SMEs employ local workforces – 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.   They may be small in scale, but they are big in impact.   Each of them has a story to tell…
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Bayernwald : abundance of scrumptious fruits
What springs to mind when you think of the Bavarian forests? For many, the answer is the abundance of scrumptious fruits that the region plays host to. This was the question that a family in the region posed at the beginning of the 20th century and the family-owned business Bayernwald was born, becoming a registered business in 1923.     Our customers trust in our expertise and experience in processing more than 35 cultivated and wild growing fruits. As we are still producing in Germany we have to keep up with the highest safety and quality standards, which makes our products much appreciated among customers. So even if it is quite time-consuming to meet all the strict controls of responsible authorities or customers, it is still seen as an advantage for our business.     From what started out as processing local fruits into preserves, the company today has advanced to two production lines that cover goods for the food industry and for consumers. From raw juices and purees that can be processed, to jams and Glühwein, Bayernwald works with over 35 different fruits making the brand not only diverse, but a key player in the field upholding the highest quality standards. Today, some of the popular fruits they process include strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, elderberries and peaches. Furthermore, wild fruits and tropical fruits are an important part of their vast product range.     Company Bayernwald is still a family-owned business. We succeeded not only in tightening our market position, but also in developing it further due to steady innovation and constant progress in various business areas. In the last years - since the eighties - the company has had to reinvent and open new markets.         Although there are undeniable competitive challenges from neighbouring countries in the fruit business, Bayernwald still maintains its mark operating worldwide with an export share of approximately 70%, and has a steady yearly turnover coming from both the EU and other markets; an area where the company feels the EU has contributed to making exporting easier in terms of customs and authorisations.     So what separates Bayernwald from the rest? In addition to +90 years’ experience producing semi-finished goods for the food industry, it’s their drive for quality and stringent abiding of the highest safety standards that is the recipe for their success.   More information: Bayernwald
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Croc’In : food manufacturer for food professionals
An important challenge is the complex regulation within the sector. If you spend time filling out all kinds of administrative paperwork, this is time that you don’t spend developing your business. If I summed up the time that my company spent filling out tax declarations, bank accounts, safety controls, hygiene/sanitary controls, and social security checks, I have ended up with thousands of hours working only on that.   Movie created by FEVIA – Fédération de l’Industrie Alimentaire/Federatie Voedingsindustrie   More information: Croc’In
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Circular economy
Mixing the ingredients for a Circular Economy
A Circular Economy for food and drink means preserving essential natural resources for as long as possible. It’s also about keeping ingredients fresher, turning waste into energy, sustaining value during the manufacturing of products and preventing food waste. This sustainable approach is in our DNA. Europe’s food and drink industry is making sure to enhance the Circular Economy in its daily work.
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A Circular Economy for the food and drink industry means preserving the value of resources (raw materials, water and energy) that go into producing food and drink products for as long as possible.
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Reference intakes
Helping you make better-informed choices
Clear and concise labelling provides the nutritional information that allows you to make informed choices about the foods you eat. Europe’s food and drink industry is working to give you a better understanding of how much energy and key nutrients a portion provides and how much of the recommended daily dietary intake this represents.
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Find out more about the European food and drink industry’s labelling scheme, how to use it and why it’s been chosen to appear on many of your favourite products.
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Food Waste
Ensuring that Every Crumb Counts
Food waste is a missed opportunity to feed the growing world population, a major waste of resources and a needless source of greenhouse gas emissions that impacts climate change. Wasting food means wasting resources and efforts put into improving the sustainability of food production.
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Food and drink manufacturers in Europe actively work to reduce food waste in their operations and along the food chain, for example through innovative supply chain partnerships.
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