Providing consumers with clear nutrition labelling
UNESDA is committed to supporting Europeans in leading healthy and active lifestyles. Soft drinks producers provide their customers with accurate, easily understandable information on the nutritional composition of the drinks that they buy for themselves and their families.
In 2008 the sector committed to providing sector-wide full ‘Guideline Daily Amount’ nutritional labelling front-of-pack – several years ahead of the EU Food Information to Consumers Regulation 1169/2011 which made full, ‘back-of-pack’ nutrition information mandatory.
Let’s take a closer look:
- Guideline Daily Amount labelling (also sometimes referred to as ‘Reference Intake’ labelling) includes the amount of calories and sugars provided per serving and per 100ml as a percentage of the independently assessed ‘Guideline Daily Amounts’ for an average person for calories and sugar. This transparent, at-a-glance information helps people to balance their intake of calories and nutrients (including sugars) throughout the day.
- The EU Food Information to Consumers Regulation 1169/2011 introduced mandatory nutrition labelling per 100ml and per serving, with a minimum font size and in tabular form.
- Europe’s soft drinks industry also indicates prominently on pack when products are low- or no-calorie – in line with the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (1924/2006).
- UNESDA believes we need an EU-wide, harmonised, evidence-based scheme that, above all else, is meaningful, informative and relevant to consumers.