FoodDrinkEurope's mission is to facilitate the development of an environment in which all European food and drink companies, whatever their size, can meet the needs of consumers and society, while competing effectively for sustainable growth.
FoodDrinkEurope’s contribution is based on sound scientific research, robust data management and effective communication, working within the regulatory framework to ensure that all food and drink issues are dealt with in a holistic manner. The organisation promotes its members’ interests in areas such as food safety and science, nutrition and health, consumer trust and choice, competitiveness, and environmental sustainability.
FoodDrinkEurope’s permanent secretariat, based in Brussels, maintains close contacts with European and international institutions and is a major partner in consultations on all issues affecting Europe’s food and drink industry.
FoodDrinkEurope coordinates the work of more than 700 experts though its Committees and Expert Groups around four themes: food and consumer policy (food safety and science, nutrition and health), environmental sustainability and competitiveness.
Through these Committees and Expert Groups, Europe’s food and drink manufacturers provide broad and in-depth expertise. They contribute to FoodDrinkEurope positions on key issues which, once approved, are communicated to European and international decision-makers with a view to shaping legislative and non-legislative developments impacting on the industry.
UNICE (the Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe) founded the CIAA (Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EEC) in 1982 to replace their Commission of Food and Drink Industries.
Registered as an international association under Belgian law, CIAA’s creation provided Europe’s food and drink industry with its own independent organisation. Since then, CIAA became a key stakeholder, working with European and international institutions on issues impacting on the food and drink industry.
On 23 June 2011, CIAA opened a dynamic new chapter in its history, becoming FoodDrinkEurope. With its new, immediately identifiable name and logo, FoodDrinkEurope will continue to speak for the industry, representing both the industry’s traditions and potential.