FoodDrinkEurope and its European food and drink industry members regret, but respect, the choice of the citizens of the UK to leave the EU. As a consequence of the Brexit referendum, both the UK and the EU27 are facing an unprecedented and challenging situation, and a considerable level of uncertainty. On 29 March 2017, the formal two-year negotiation period starts in which both parties will have to negotiate the exit conditions; comprehensive transitional arrangements should also be negotiated as early as possible, as well as an ambitious and balanced future EU27-UK agreement. Prolonged uncertainty must be avoided at all costs.
Food fraud is of increasing concern to society including the food industry. As such the membership of FoodDrinkEurope considers it important to clarify its position on the issue. Food fraud is an unacceptable, criminal, activity and the food industry wishes to distance itself from any such activity.
FoodDrinkEurope members are committed to supporting government efforts to fight against food fraud for the protection of consumers and robust food supply chains.
In parallel, FoodDrinkEurope appeals to its members to continuously strengthen their food safety/quality management systems in order to mitigate the impact of food fraud.
Climate change affects the food and drink sector, both in terms of production and price stability, of the agricultural raw materials it transforms. Food production will come under increased pressure in the future. Europe’s agri-food sector is actively working to try to mitigate and adapt to climate change through actions such as investing in low-carbon technologies and proactively engaging with our consumers and partners along the supply chain’.
Food and drink exports to non-EU countries have almost doubled over the past decade to reach €91 billion in 2014. Thanks to steady export growth since 2009 the industry registered last year a trade surplus of €25 billion. Despite this strong track record, access to third country markets remains constrained by trade barriers and the decline of market share in foreign markets is a matter of concern. In the face of increased competition from new and established competitors, EU market share in global food and drink exports has declined from 20% in 2003 to 18% in 2013.