Press Releases

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.