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Flavours & fragrances Flavours & fragrances


From farm to fork From farm to fork Evolving legislation inevitably poses challenges, but it also poses opportunities – the ingredients


industry in general, and industry body the European Flavour Association (EFFA) in particular, being no exception. Martin Morris speaks to EFFA president Antoine Kastler and EFFA public affairs manager Bo Dohmen to discuss how legislative change is impacting members across Europe.


gainst the backdrop of the European Green Deal – and its stated aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions across the EU by at least 50% by 2030 – Antoine Kastler, president of EFFA likens the European flavourings and ingredients industry to being ‘in the middle’ of the food value chain; somewhere with inevitable impacts both upstream and downstream. For the food industry, the European Green Deal translates into the farm to fork strategy that aims to provide a holistic approach to EU food systems by making them fair, healthy and environmentally- friendly, according to Kastler. But as EFFA public affairs manager, Bo Dohmen points out: “The notion isn’t new, but it has never been so concrete, deriving into so many legislative initiatives from the farm – the sourcing of raw materials – to the fork, the consumer’s information on labelling.” She adds, “This will have a great impact on the food and beverage industry at large – organic,


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provenance, transparency, sustainability, you name it, all the current consumer trends are having an impact on these EU policies and vice-versa.” Hence, for ingredient companies it’s important to be able to inform both suppliers and their clients about how their ingredients will impact final food and drink products, according to the upcoming legislation. “Fortunately,” says Kastler, “this comes at a time in which EFFA is also broadening its scope, a bit in ‘farm to fork style’, to have a more comprehensive approach. “We are now more active regarding public affairs and communications, making sure we can inform our membership at the right time and be part of the discussion from the beginning.”


Looming legislation


Emerging from the horizon, though, is new legislation coming into effect from 1 January 2022, stating that flavourings be regarded as agricultural


Ingredients Insight / www.ingredients-insight.com


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