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UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe’s statement following plenary vote on the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR)

Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote on the proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe recognises that the EU institutions have taken important steps to further harmonise packaging waste management rules and bring more predictability to businesses as well as to support the circularity of beverage packaging.

UNESDA releases its Manifesto for the 2024-2029 EU political term

As the European Union prepares for a new legislative cycle, the European soft drinks sector, represented by UNESDA, has published its Manifesto, outlining its key ambitions and policy priorities for the 2024-2029 EU political term.

UNESDA statement on the Council’s General Approach on the proposal for an EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

Today, the 27 EU Member States have adopted their General Approach on the proposal for an EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). These efforts fall short of fully addressing the critical elements that will help move circularity forward.

UNESDA statement on the European Parliament’s vote on the proposal for an EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

The European soft drinks sector, represented by UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, commends the positive efforts of MEPs, under the leadership of Rapporteur Frédérique Ries, in fostering a circular economy with the creation of some essential enablers through the adoption of their amendments to the draft EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR).

Industry-NGO coalition calls on MEPs to support mandatory DRS in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

Ahead of the plenary vote on the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), The Minderoo Foundation, The Reloop Platform, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe call on Members of the European Parliament to reject any amendment aiming at turning the mandatory setting up of Deposit Refund Systems (DRS) into a voluntary measure.

Why priority access to recyclates should be secured in the proposed EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

With just one week left until the plenary vote on the proposed EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), the European natural mineral water and soft drink industries call on all MEPs to secure a priority access right to recyclates in the PPWR proposal.

UNESDA statement on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee’s vote on the proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

The European soft drinks sector, represented by UNESDA, has deep concerns with the outcome of today’s vote by the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment (ENVI) on its amendments to the draft EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). While the Environment Committee makes several critical improvements to the Commission’s proposal to support the circularity of beverage packaging, UNESDA believes there is also a considerable setback to the EU’s efforts to create a single market for circular beverage packaging.

European Parliament’s IMCO, ITRE and AGRI Committees voted on amendments to the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

This week, three European Parliament’s Committees – the Committees on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) – voted on their amendments to the proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). UNESDA, representing the European soft drinks sector, considers that the votes represent a good first step towards improving the proposal but further work is needed to fully support beverage packaging circularity.

Aspartame is safe, reaffirm WHO and FAO

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have re-affirmed that aspartame is safe. UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe applauds the conclusions of the new, comprehensive safety review of aspartame by the WHO/ FAO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), the world’s leading food safety body for additives.

Unesda announces new President

Peter Harding, CEO of Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, has been elected as the new President of Unesda Soft Drinks Europe, representing the non-alcoholic drinks industry in Europe. He takes up his two-year mandate from 1 July 2023, taking over the presidency from Ian Ellington of PepsiCo Europe.

Unesda welcomes two new members

The Maltese Beverage Producers Association and the Croatian Chamber of Economy bring the total number of member associations of Unesda to 25.

Unesda Soft Drinks Europe announces new sugar reduction achievement and solid progress on its marketing practices and actions in EU schools

The European soft drinks sector achieved an impressive average 7.6% sugar reduction between 2019 and 2022

Let’s put circularity into practice!

NGO-industry coalition urges decision-makers to take action to prioritise closed-loop recycling in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

UNESDA statement on the publication of the revision of the proposal for the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe takes note of the European Commission’s publication of the revision of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), which was released today.

Draft reuse requirements for drinks packaging are an existential threat to beverage industries and effective existing recycling systems

Our four leading European beverage associations (AIJN – European Fruit Juice Association, The Brewers of Europe, Natural Mineral Waters Europe, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe) are united in expressing our profound concern at the mandatory targets the European Commission intends to set for the reuse of our beverage containers.

Target 90%: Unprecedented European coalition calls for EU ambitious proposal for circular beverage packaging

Today, a broad coalition representing European beverage producers, material and technology suppliers, recyclers, NGOs and public entities have called for ambitious action to enable full circularity of beverage packaging in the anticipated draft amendment of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), due at the end of November 2022.

Call for EU Action: SMEs in the beverage industry call for a fairer access to recycled PET

In the EU, recycled PET is becoming almost as rare and expensive as white truffles or gold. The reason is everybody wants qualitative recycled PET from beverage bottles, and the demand significantly exceeds the offer.

The European soft drinks sector has achieved a 17.7% reduction in average added sugars since 2015

Just one year after releasing ambitious new health and nutrition commitments, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe announces that the European soft drinks sector has delivered a further 3.6% reduction in average added sugars between 2019 and 2021.

Efficient waste collection schemes, closed-loop recycling and access to recycled content are crucial to accelerating the transition to a circular economy in Europe

Europe’s non-alcoholic beverage industry, represented by the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE) and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, together with leading NGOs, including Changing Markets Foundation and Zero Waste Europe, call on EU decision-makers to create the right enabling policy framework to help accelerate the transition to a circular economy in Europe.

PET packaging moving steadily towards circularity

New data for collection, recycling capacity and production for 2020 show increases in all measured factors, indicating a steady move towards circularity of the PET industry in Europe. Major growth is observed, in particular, within the PET recycling market, with an overall 21% increase in the installed capacity and totalling 2.8mt in EU27+3.

PET Bottles: From recyclability to circularity

Following the numerous commitments of the industry players to increase uptake of recycled plastics, including the new mandatory target of 25% in PET bottles by 2025, the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) and RecyClass decided to join efforts to further support the value chain actors in making the right design decisions in PET bottle production so that its recyclability, and therefore, circularity is guaranteed.

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe partners with the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to support aspiring artists

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe signed a partnership agreement with the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to support six musicians with an opportunity to produce original music video and perform concerts in 2022. This will be part of the Foundation’s www.concertwithyou.com initiative, a streaming concert platform that allows artists to share their music and engage with the public.

Capri-Sun joins UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe

Today, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe announced that Capri-Sun has joined its association, becoming its 10th corporate member. This brings UNESDA’s membership total to 33 members with 10 companies and 23 national associations.

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

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

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe announces new Circular Packaging Vision 2030

Today, UNESDA announced its new Circular Packaging Vision 2030 which aims to achieve full circularity of our beverage packaging (plastic, aluminium and glass) by 2030. Our sector wants to demonstrate its responsibility and commitment to accelerating the transition to a circular economy. Beverage packaging can be fully circular and has a central role to play

The hospitality sector and its value chain calls upon the EU institutions to set up a structured dialogue to discuss the impact of COVID19 and its recovery

UNESDA calls, together with other actors in the hospitality sector and its value chain, for a structured dialogue with the European institutions to discuss the impact of the COVID19 pandemic and develop a roadmap towards recovery. The core objective is to create some predictability for the hospitality sector and its supply chain, through a safe,

UNESDA submits its official response to the EU public consultation on reducing packaging waste – review of rules

UNESDA sent its response to the EU consultation on the review of packaging waste rules. The Commission is planning to review the requirements on packaging and packaging waste in the EU, including by promoting reuse and recycling, increase recycled content in package and reducing packaging waste. UNESDA contribution aims to address a number of the

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe announces new President, Ian Ellington of PepsiCo Europe assumes role as of January 2021

Ian Ellington, SVP and Chief Category Officer, PepsiCo Europe, has been elected president of UNESDA, Soft Drinks Europe, representing the non-alcoholic drinks industry in Europe.  He takes up his two-year mandate from 1 January 2021. Assuming the presidency from Tim Brett of The Coca-Cola Company, Mr Ellington acknowledged that UNESDA faced a full agenda over

Soft drinks sector delivers 14.6% added sugars reduction between 2015-2019

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has announced that the sector reduced added sugars by 14.6 % between 2015-2019. It is the only sector to have committed to the EU added sugars reduction target of 10% by 2020 as laid out in the Added Sugars Annex. The latest research – conducted by third party auditors GlobalData –

Making the healthier choice the easy choice – our preliminary contribution to the Farm to Fork Strategy

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has published its preliminary contribution to the EU Farm to Fork Strategy.  The newly released position paper represents our sector’s initial summary viewpoints on key issue areas including front-of-pack nutrition labelling; marketing practices; reformulation and nutrient profiles.  The document can be found on the website here. We support the EU Farm

Packaging value chain calls on EU to protect the Single Market to deliver on the Green Deal and circular economy objectives

September 2020:UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe – together with 58 other stakeholders from across the packaging supply chain have co-signed a joint statement calling upon the Commission and Member States to protect the integrity of the Single Market for packaging and packaged goods. The signatories make the case that protecting the EU single market and the free movement

UNESDA submits response to EU consultation on the inception impact assessment on empowering consumers in the green transition

UNESDA sent its official response to the EU consultation on empowering consumers in the green transition. Our sector fully supports the Commission’s approach that consumers must be at the heart of the green transition and that providing them with the better tools to contribute to this transition will be crucial, building a partnership between producers

UNESDA submits response to EU consultation on the inception impact assessment on reducing packaging waste

UNESDA sent its official response to the EU consultation on the inception impact assessment on reducing packaging waste. The Commission is planning to review the requirements on packaging and packaging waste in the EU, including by promoting reuse and recycling, increase recycled content in package and reducing packaging waste. Our sector insists in particular on

Industry calls for revenue from EU Plastic Levy to be earmarked for circular economy projects

July 2020: UNESDA has cosigned a joint statement on Fiscal Measures related to Packaging Materials & Applications - together with 40 other actors from across the packaging supply, food and drinks industry. The letter has been sent to EU stakeholders and sets out the need for investment, along with concerns around introducing further fiscal measures

Soft drink producers in the Netherlands achieve commitment to reduce calories in their products by 25% – a year in advance of the deadline

The Dutch Association of Soft Drinks, Waters & Juices has announced that the industry hasreached its interim target of a 25% reduction in calories in its products compared to 2012.  The reduction was achieved in 2019 – one year ahead of the deadline. According to Taco Juriaanse, director of FWS, the figures show that the soft

Over 60% of soft drinks sold in Norway in 2020 are sugar-free

Today Bryggeriforeningen, the Norwegian Beer and Soft Drinks Producers association, announced that so far in 2020, over 60 percent of the soft drinks consumed in Norway have been sugar-free. “We have delivered’’, said Hege Ramseng, head of communications at the Norwegian association. “The industry in Norway has worked systematically on product development and campaigns. It

Farm to Fork Strategy is released

The EU Farm to Fork Strategy is out. It sets a roadmap for delivering sustainable production and consumption and we look forward to reading it in detail and engaging with all stakeholders in the future. Our industry welcomes EU-wide approaches that are evidence-based, continue to place food safety centre stage, and also secure the competitiveness

Soft drinks industry publishes position paper on Circular Economy Action Plan

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has published its position paper on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan today. The sector supports the Commission’s agenda to accelerate the transition towards a green economy and is itself taking a range of actions to achieve full circularity – including improving the recyclability of its packaging, using more recycled content

UNESDA joins ‘Close the Glass Loop’ platform

2 April 2020; UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has joined the Close the Glass Loop platform, the European ambition to collect glass more and better, together, led by FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation. With its mission of achieving an EU average 90% ‘collection for recycling’ rate by 2030, as a milestone towards a 100% collection

UNESDA comments submitted to European Commission Farm to Fork consultation

Today UNESDA submitted comments to the European Commission’s consultation on its Roadmap for the new EU ‘Farm-to-Fork’ strategy.  Europe’s soft drinks industry is keen to play a constructive role in the transition to more sustainable food systems and in facilitating the shift towards healthy and sustainable diets. Our submission focuses on some of the key

UNESDA position on Roadmap on New Circular Economy Action Plan

UNESDA – Soft Drinks Europe is calling for Roadmap on New Circular Economy Action Plan to build on existing EU legislations to accelerate the transition towards a circular model while ensuring legal and regulatory stability UNESDA sent comments on the Roadmap for the new Circular Economy Action Plan. It underlined in particular the need to:

European soft drinks industry welcomes EU Green Deal in working towards a carbon neutral Europe

We welcome the EU Green Deal UNESDA member companies have been driving sustainability throughout their value chain for the past 30 years and we fully support the EU Green Deal and its ambition of making Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.  We agree that achieving a circular economy requires the full mobilisation of

Sustainable and responsible – how we are walking the talk

Europe’s soft drinks industry is embracing sustainability and responsibility, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe’s Nicholas Hodac explains. https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/partner_article/unesda-union-european-soft-drinks-associations/how-soft-drinks-industry-0#.XeZErMDvK9w.twitter

UNESDA appoints Nicholas Hodac as Director General

Brussels, 24 September 2019; UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has appointed Nicholas Hodac as Director General. He will take up his role on 14th October. Nicholas joins UNESDA having spent the past six years at IBM as EU Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive. He previously held positions as Head of the Brussels EU Affairs Office for

UNESDA co-signs Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration

Brussels, 20 September 2019 Today, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe co-signed the Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration at a launch event held in the presence of Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and representatives from across the value chain. UNESDA joined other stakeholders in co-signing the Declaration which commits signatories to the Commission objective of having 10 million tons

UNESDA President outlines our 2019-2024 aspirations: sustainability, responsibility, competitiveness

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European soft drinks industry on track to meet commitment to reduce added sugars by 10% by 2020

Brussels, 20 June 2019 UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has announced that it is on track to meet its voluntary commitment to reduce added sugars by 10% by 2020. A mid-term evaluation – conducted by third party auditors GlobalData – found that the average sugar level in European soft drinks has been reduced by 11.9% from

UNESDA attends ICBA meeting in Lisbon, Portugal

Last week, UNESDA attended the biannual meeting organised by the International Council of Beverages Associations in Lisbon, Portugal. It was the opportunity to exchange with associations coming from all continents on how to contribute positively to policies and make a difference through our actions. Of particular importance, we discussed environmental sustainability: the industry believes zero

UNESDA sponsoring and attending 2019 Petcore Europe Conference

UNESDA sponsored the annual Petcore Conference on the “EU Plastics Strategy 2.0: Taking the PET industry to the next steps”. The two-days session gathered an audience with representatives from industry, civil society and authorities. The speakers present included PET producers, recyclers and users debating in particular solutions to reach the objectives of the Single Use

UNESDA to participate to first meeting of Circular Plastics Alliance aiming to make EU economy more circular

On 5 February, UNESDA will join the Circular Plastics Alliance high level launch event hosted by European Commission Vice-President Katainen. UNESDA will be one of 30 organisations to attend from the among the 70 which have pledged through the formal EU register to support the uptake of 10 million tons of recycled plastics by 2025.

UNESDA Elects Tim Brett, The Coca-Cola Company, as President of European Soft Drinks Association

Coca-Cola Western Europe leader to oversee association’s efforts, including commitments to advance sustainable soft drinks packaging and create a healthier food environment Tim Brett, President, Coca-Cola Western Europe, has been elected President of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, the industry association representing the non-alcoholic soft drinks sector in Europe. He will commence his two-year tenure with

New report highlights environmental and economic impact of tethered bottle caps

A study undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers finds European Commission’s proposal to introduce mandatory tethered caps on plastic beverage bottles (article 6 of the Single Use Plastic Directive) could create between 50,000 to 200,000 tonnes more plastic; create additional CO2 equivalent of 58 to 381 million kg and an economic cost of at least €2.7 billion. The

MORE PLASTIC, MORE CARBON EMISSIONS, MORE COST: Report highlights environmental & economic impact of tethered bottle caps

A study undertaken by PwC finds European Commission’s proposal to introduce mandatory tethered
caps on plastic beverage bottles (article 6 of the Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive) could create
between 50,000 to 200,000 tonnes more plastic; create additional CO2 equivalent of 58 to 381 million
kg and an economic cost of at least €2.7 billion

The joint meeting of the High Level Group and EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health takes place in Luxembourg

On 26 October the joint meeting of the High Level Group and the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health took place in Luxembourg. The meeting was given in the presence of the Austrian EU Presidency that presented the political commitments made so far at European level to tackle obesity and other

Euractiv lunch debate discusses the key factors to create a healthy environment in schools

On 25 September UNESDA supported a lunch debate organized by media portal Euractiv on the subject of ‘Creating a Healthy Schools environment’. The discussion brought together experts from the European Commission, academia and industry associations to explore meaningful actions to help create a healthy environment both inside schools and in the family environment. Addressing the

UNESDA co-signs joint cross-industry statement on the Single Use Plastics proposal

UNESDA has cosigned a joint cross-industry statement on the Single Use Plastics (SUP) legislative proposal, along with 74 other European and national industry associations. The statement provides a wide-industry position on single use plastics and promotes the need for: legal certainty, avoiding fragmentation of the single market, clarifying definitions within the directive, avoiding that litter

European soft drinks industry sets ambitions to make its plastic packaging more sustainable

By 2025 100% of soft drinks plastic packaging to be recyclable with PET bottles containing a minimum of 25% recycled content on average Brussels, 13 September 2018; UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has today announced a set of EU-wide1 ambitions to make the sector’s plastic packaging more sustainable. The ambitions aim to contribute towards building a

“How to promote a healthy environment in schools?” – Take part in this debate on 25 September

Join us on 25 September to discuss which tangible actions should be taken to support schools and communities in realising a healthy school environment for all young people across the EU. The workshop will explore: – How can we work together to make healthier school environments a reality? – How do we ensure that the

New website on food and drink taxation

Our new ‘tax website’ brings you up to date with the very latest academic studies and press articles on taxation from across Europe and beyond. Check it out here.

Check out our new infographic on low-calorie sweeteners

We have recently issued a new infographic on the use of low-calorie sweeteners in soft drinks. You will find more information about how they work, what their benefits are, and which ones are the most frequently used in soft drinks. To find out more: click here.

UNESDA has a new member

UNESDA is happy to welcome the Estonian beverage association as its newest member! Estonia is the first Baltic country to join UNESDA and we look forward to having a fruitful relationship and work together on key issues for our sector at EU and Estonian level. UNESDA now represents 23 national associations and 9 corporate members.

EU Health Ministers discuss the future of health in the EU

On June 21-22, the EU Ministers for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) met in Luxembourg to discuss, among others, the future of health in the EU. Member states highlighted that EU action aiming at promoting health is particularly useful when there is a cross-border dimension or when it facilitates improving national measures

UNESDA presents its secondary schools commitment at the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Last week, UNESDA formally presented its recent commitment in secondary schools at the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. The presentation was given in the presence of a representative of the upcoming Austrian EU Presidency and generated strong interest, triggering a series of questions and comments from Platform members around the

European Soft Drinks Industry Boosts Progress throughout the European Economy

A study released this week illustrates how the European soft drinks industry is rooted in the European economy and boosts progress throughout its value chain. The sector generates €185 billion revenue – equivalent to 1.24% of EU GDP, indirectly supports 1.7 million jobs and delivers almost €30 billion in tax contributions to EU member states.

The European Commission releases its proposal for a Directive to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

On 28 May, the European Commission released its proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment that will now go through the usual ordinary legislative procedure and be submitted to the European Parliament and Council for discussion. UNESDA acknowledges this proposal and reiterates the fact that

On the road to GDPR compliance

This week UNESDA attended a workshop which addressed the most pressing compliance issues for EU Trade Associations in the context of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In order to understand the impact of the GDPR in practice and how to comply with it, UNESDA took part in various simulations to get prepared to properly

EU Health Ministers discuss the EU contribution to healthy nutrition for children during informal meeting

On 23 April, the European Ministers of Health gathered in Sofia for an informal meeting under the auspices of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU and in presence of Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety. After the meeting, the Bulgarian presidency published a press release summarising the key elements from the

Revision of the Drinking Water Directive 98/83/EC: UNESDA submits its comments to the public consultation

Last week, UNESDA submitted its comments to the European Commission public consultation on the revision of the Drinking Water Directive 98/83/EC. The document, which consolidated feedback from members, was inputted via the Commission’s ‘Have Your Say’ website, ahead of the closing date on 2 April. In its contribution, UNESDA insisted on the need for legal

UNESDA’s Director General participates in the 2018 edition of the EU Sport Forum

On 22 March, UNESDA’s Director General, Sigrid Ligné, took part in the 2018 edition of the EU Sport Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria on the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Organised yearly, the EU Sport Forum is ‘the place to be’ and the main platform for structured dialogue between

UNESDA submits contribution to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) consultation on its draft protocol on sugars

UNESDA has submitted comments to EFSA during the recent stakeholder consultation on the EFSA proposed protocol for their upcoming assessment on sugars. EFSA is due to issue its final protocol in a few months’ time and the final assessment in 2020, after a further rounds of stakeholder consultation.

UNESDA submits contribution to the public consultation on marine litter & single use plastics

Last week, UNESDA submitted its formal contribution to the European Commission’s consultation on reducing marine litter and single use plastics. We expressed our support to a holistic and multi-stakeholder approach to tackle the complex issues of marine litter by strengthening waste management and enforcing waste legislation to ensure effective household collection. In particular UNESDA called

Country of Origin Labelling: UNESDA submits its comments to the European Commission

Earlier this month, UNESDA submitted formal comments to the European Commission on its proposed Implementing Regulation for voluntary country-of-origin labelling. In its contribution, UNESDA has expressed its support for the comments made by FoodDrinkEurope, including the need for guidance on interpretation of some articles. In particular UNESDA highlighted the importance of having an extended transitional

Spanish food & drink industry commits to a major pledge to cut salt, sugar and fat by 2020

The Spanish food and drink industry announced on Monday a far-reaching voluntary commitment agreed with the Spanish Department of Health to significantly reduce the salt, sugar and saturated fats content of more than 3,500 products over the next three years. The plan (known as the Collaboration Plan 2017-2020) includes a 10% sugar reduction target for

Journal of the American Medical Association’s opinion finds taxation alone is ineffective to tackle obesity and calls for broader measures

Last month, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), published a dedicated issue on obesity: it includes a broad range of articles including a piece related to the taxation of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs). In his editorial entitled “Reimagining Obesity in 2018”, Dr. Edward Livingston notes that “although much attention has focused on SSBs, singling

UNESDA responds to EU Plastics strategy

  The European Soft Drinks Industry welcomes the publication of the Commission’s Plastics Strategy, and ambitions to eliminate waste and create a circular economy for all materials, including plastic packaging. Food and drinks packaging are an essential part of modern lives across the EU, yet recognizing the environmental challenges society faces, UNESDA members have taken

2018 marks UNESDA’s 60th anniversary

UNESDA celebrates its diamond anniversary this year and throughout the next 12 months we will be highlighting some of our key milestones and achievements over the past six decades. Set up in Brussels in 1958 to represent the interests of the European Soft Drinks Sector towards the EU, UNESDA has grown from just a handful

European Soft Drinks Industry to Stop Sales of Sugary Drinks in Secondary Schools across the European Union

Voluntary move expands existing 10+ year policy of no soft drinks in primary schools impacting 50,000 secondary schools and more than 40 million young people in 28 countries Brussels, 6 September 2017; The European soft drinks industry[i], represented by UNESDA, today announced that it will voluntarily cease sales of drinks containing added sugars[ii] to secondary

European soft drinks sector commits to reduce added sugars by a further 10% Beverage industry joins forces to triple pace of sugar reduction by 2020

The soft drinks sector is an early mover in added sugars reduction with its journey beginning in the 1970’s when the first no sugar and calorie soft drinks were introduced. In soft drinks, reduction in added sugars leads directly to reduced calories. The industry reduced sugar in still and carbonated soft drinks by 12% from

UNESDA statement on European Parliament Caffeine Claims vote

The European Parliament’s vote on 7 July 2016 rejected the Commission proposal on the authorisation of claims for caffeine. The Commission proposal aimed to establish a legal framework across Europe for caffeine claims, providing protection for consumers – with a particular focus on children and adolescents, as well as legal certainty for businesses. This vote,

Stanislas de Gramont of Suntory Beverage and Food Europe takes over Presidency of European Beverages Association

Stanislas de Gramont, CEO, Suntory Beverage and Food Europe (SBFE), has been elected president of UNESDA, Soft Drinks Europe. He takes up his role with immediate effect and his tenure will run until May 2018. Assuming the presidency at the UNESDA board meeting in Ljubljana last week, Mr de Gramont pledged continuity and support for

What’s on a label? FoodDrinkEurope launches new Reference Intakes website

In view of the entry into force of the EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers on Saturday 13 December, FoodDrinkEurope launches a website to explain the concept of Reference Intakes i.e. the recommended types and quantities of foods and drinks per day for an average person. The purpose of this new