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Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, has been appointed Vice President of the International Council of Beverages Associations (ICBA)

Nicholas Hodac has been appointed Vice President of the International Council of Beverage Associations (ICBA), an international nongovernmental organisation that represents the interests of the global non-alcoholic beverage industry.

Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, highlights the main challenges and needs of the soft drinks sector at the Strategic Forum of the Slovenian Beverage Sector in Portorož

On 19 October, UNESDA’s member association Gospodarska zbornica Slovenije (GZS) organised a Strategic Forum of the Slovenian Beverage Sector in the Slovenian city of Portorož. The event brought together national ministers and the heads of European associations representing soft drinks, natural mineral waters, winemakers and brewers with the aim of debating the main challenges and

UNESDA responds to an EU consultation on a roadmap on the EU environmental law implementation review

UNESDA, jointly with Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE) and the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), responded to the European Commission’s consultation on a roadmap on the EU environmental law implementation review. UNESDA’s comments focus on specific aspects of waste and packaging legislation, including the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive. We raised concerns about an

It’s time to acknowledge the role of Deposit Refund Systems (DRS) in achieving a Circular Economy for beverage packaging in the EU

Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe call on the EU to facilitate the beverage industry’s transition to circularity by developing a legal framework for setting up new efficient DRS for beverage packaging. Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) urge the

Beverage industry needs priority access to its recycled plastic material to close the bottle loop and accelerate the transition to a more circular economy

The non-alcoholic beverage industry, represented by the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE) and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, calls on the European Commission for “priority access” to its recycled plastic (PET) material, or a similar mechanism that guarantees “right of first refusal”, to be incorporated in the upcoming revision of the

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe joins three other leading PET value chain trade associations to call on the European Commission to speed up the authorisation recycling processes for PET food contact applications

Leading PET value chain Trade Associations, namely Committee of PET Manufacturers Europe (CPME), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), PETCORE Europe, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, recently addressed Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans expressing concerns for the slow procedure on the authorisation of recycling processes for PET in food contact applications. Regulation 282/2008

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe submits its commitments to the EU Code of Conduct on responsible business and marketing practices

On the occasion of the launch of the EU code of conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices, UNESDA, representing Europe’s soft drinks industry, submitted its commitments to the EU Code of Conduct, underlining the need for the European Commission to create an enabling framework that helps achieve the goals of UNESDA’s commitments. UNESDA’s

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe announces new commitment to reduce average added sugars in its beverages by another 10% across Europe

On the occasion of its 63rd anniversary, UNESDA, representing Europe’s soft drinks industry, has announced new and enhanced health and nutrition commitments to continue to help Europeans manage their intake of added sugars from soft drinks. At a time of evolving consumer preferences and increasing public health expectations, these commitments are the industry’s contribution to making

UNESDA responds to an EU consultation on a roadmap to improve education for environmental sustainability

UNESDA sent its response to the European Commission’s consultation on a roadmap on education for environmental sustainability. With this contribution, UNESDA highlights Europe’s soft drinks industry’s focus on education on recycling, the need for stakeholder collaboration and the role of the consumer in participating to a circular economy. We support fully the objectives of the

Major European hospitality industry stakeholders call for stronger focus by the EU institutions on the sector’s recovery

11 associations and trade unions representing the European hospitality industry and its value chain warmly welcome this week’s discussions at EU level on the survival of the sector. COVID-19 severely impacted the hospitality industry and its value chain, with establishments being forced to shut down at short notice as part of the collective fight against