''When the whole of the food industry is focused on continuing to give hard-pressed families great tasting food at an affordable price in tough economic times, the discussion of adding 20% to food prices seems fanciful and likely to be unpopular with citizens.
FoodDrinkEurope welcomes the decision taken by the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) last Thursday (31 May) to conclude the scoping exercise with Japan.
In advance of Commissioner Ciolo? presentation of the Communication on future promotion policy for agri-food products to the Council on 26-27 April, FoodDrinkEurope's food manufacturers want to reiterate the importance of the promotion policy progressing in the right direction.
There are 274,000 food and drink companies in Europe, 99.1% of which are SMEs. SMEs accounted for 48.7% of turnover and 63% of employment in the food and drink industry in 2010.