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Policy areas

Overview

We promote the ideas and policies that enable the European food and drink industry to make products that are not only safe but also contribute to a greener planet, healthier living and a thriving economy.

Food Safety & Science

Food fraud

Food fraud is an unacceptable, criminal activity and the food industry is working hard to fight against it. FoodDrinkEurope members are committed to fight against food fraud for the protection of consumers and robust food...

Food fraud

Food safety

An integral aspect of food production is ensuring it is safe for human consumption. It is key to sustaining life and prioritising public health. In the EU, robust regulatory measures and voluntary vigilance from the...

Food safety

Science, research & innovation

To be the global standard for food sustainability, the EU must commit more to research and innovation (R&I). Only with ambitious and science-based regulation can we make Europe the R&I capital of the world. The...

Science, research & innovation

Greener Planet

Biodiversity

The EU food and drink industry works to protect and improve ecosystems, particularly through better sourcing of raw materials within and beyond Europe’s borders. We are fully committed to building deforestation-free supply chains for food...

Biodiversity

Climate change

The EU food and drink industry is committed to the EU’s target for a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050. Every sector across Europe needs to work towards achieving climate neutrality by 2050, and the food and...

Climate change

Environmental information

Providing the right information to consumers in a clear and reliable manner can empower them to play a bigger role in the transition to more sustainable food system. Knowing what’s in our food and how...

Environmental information

Food waste

In Europe, 88 million tonnes of food produced is lost or wasted, whilst 43 million people can’t afford quality food every other day. The EU food and drink industry is committed to helping those in...

Food waste

Packaging & circularity

Food and drink packaging plays a vital role in protecting and preserving products for consumers. It also allows food and drink manufacturers to offer consumers a wide choice of safe products that meet their lifestyle...

Packaging & circularity

Sustainable food systems

We are at a critical time in our history. We must avoid a damaging rise in global temperatures and loss of biodiversity, while continuing to provide safe, affordable, high quality and nutritious food to a...

Sustainable food systems

Healthier Living

Consumer information

Providing clear and accurate information about food products to consumers is one of the tools to empower them to make informed choices that fit their individual diets and lifestyles.   Europe’s food and drink manufacturers...

Consumer information

Lifestyle

Food and drink products should be consumed responsibly as part of healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyles. The food and drink industry supports actions – often led by governments and other parties – to promote balanced...

Lifestyle

Marketing & advertising

Europe’s food and drink manufacturers recognise the need to ensure that all advertising and marketing communications is legal, decent and truthful. To this end, FoodDrinkEurope members have developed marketing initiatives that support parents in their...

Marketing & advertising

Nutrition

It may be a cliché, but you are what you eat. Over the years, Europeans have benefited from increased access and choice among a wide range of quality food and drink products, from ‘staple’ foods...

Nutrition

Thriving Economy

Agriculture

The EU food and drink industry works closely with farmers to facilitate the supply of safe and sustainable agricultural raw materials. Farmers are essential to the food and drink industry, which buys some 70% of...

Agriculture

Competitiveness & growth

As Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, the EU food and drink industry is a vital part of the European economy. The food and drink industry generates €1.2 trillion in turnover with a value added of €246...

Competitiveness & growth

Partnering with workers

As the largest manufacturing employer in Europe, the food and drink industry is also the biggest employer – with a workforce of more than 4.8 million. The industry has developed strong relations with workers and...

Partnering with workers

SMEs

The EU food and drink industry is comprised of 290,000 SMEs – making up 99% of the entire industry. We work diligently to ensure that SMEs are supported and remain at the heart of our...

SMEs

Trade

The EU food and drink industry is not only Europe’s largest manufacturer, but it is also the largest food and drink exporter in the world and a major importer. For us, continued free and fair...

Trade