An ambitious project
The European Green Deal was one of the biggest political challenges for the European Commission and its President, Ms Von Der Leyen. Back in 2019 when the new Commission started its work, the idea was to tackle climate change and environmental degradation by encouraging the switch to a more sustainable and resilient European industry in all its sectors, with the objectives for 2050 set by the Paris Agreement of 2015
On September 28, the European Flavour Association (EFFA) conducted its General Assembly 2023 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, transitioning from the hybrid format of previous years to an all in-person gathering. Company Members and National Associations convened to review the progress made over the year.
EFFA is thrilled to announce that our Flavour of Europe is now also a cocktail, adding one more twist to this captivating project. The Flavour of Europe, which represents the diverse tastes and traditions of Europe, has found its perfect companion in a Gin recipe that holds a rich family heritage dating back to 1838. Following current trends, we have also developed a non-alcoholic version of the drink.
The European Flavour Association (EFFA) has joined forces with other food and drink associations in signing a letter to the European Commission regarding the Sustainability of Food System Framework Initiative (SFSF).
On 30 November 2022, EFFA hosted a webinar for its membership on the EU Green Deal and its impact for the flavour industry. The event saw also the participation as guest of Sebastian Emig, Executive Director and Olivier Devaux, Senior Public Affairs & Communications Manager of the European Snacks Association (ESA). Mr Emig provided a presentation over the effects of the Green Deal on the snacks industry.
The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, unveiled by the European Commission (EC) on February 2022, is going to affect the whole EU business environment by introducing rules on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards on the whole supply chains of operators.
On the 30th of September, the European Flavour Association (EFFA) held its General Assembly 2022 on hybrid mode, in Istanbul (Turkey) and online. Company Members and National Associations gathered around the Bosphorus to review the work done by the Association this year and start planning the priorities for 2023.
Mr Andrea Occhionero joins the European Flavour Association (EFFA) as the new Public Affairs Manager. He brings to the role more than three years of experience in the field of public policy, government affairs, and advocacy in the public and private sectors.
Five years after the first Brussels FlavourDay, and following events in various European cities, including Paris and Berlin earlier this year, the FlavourDay reinvented itself for a full European audience with a Virtual FlavourDay. The challenge? To keep what makes the FlavourDay special: the possibility for the attendees to 'taste' the key messages of the event. The answer? The Flavour of Europe.
[Brussels, 25 October 2021] EFFA has officially signed the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices.
As one of the deliverables of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Business & Marketing Practices aims to tangibly improve the sustainability performance of all actors involved in the food supply chain. The Code was developed by involvement of all relevant agri-food stakeholders with the EU Commission. EFFA also participated to meetings in which the Code was under development and discussion.
On the 30th of September, the European Flavour Association (EFFA) held its General Assembly 2021 in hybrid mode (in Brussels and online). The EFFA GA appointed Mr Marc van der Duijs as the new EFFA President for the 2021-2023 term. Mr van der Duijs is Vice President, Regional Manager Flavours Europe at IFF and has been in the industry for over three decades.
The GA also appointed three new Board members: Mr Karel Stoschek (Firmenich), elected as EFFA Vice-President, Mr Arjan Stam (Givaudan), and Mr Walter Ribeiro (Symrise). Mr Jean Mane, representing the French Flavour Association SNIAA, was also elected as EFFA Treasurer.