Retailers and manufacturers sign European code of conduct for sustainable food chain

65 leading food producers and food retailers have signed a European code of conduct that should make the food chain more sustainable. However, cooperation between actors with divergent interests remains the big challenge.

Yesterday, the European Commission launched its code of conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices. The code is part of the European Green Deal and the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy that should lead to a climate-neutral food chain by 2050. At the launch, the code was signed by 65 producers, food retailers and sector organisations -among them big names such as AB InBev, Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Colruyt Group, Danone, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Tesco and Unilever. They call on their sector colleagues to join them.

The signatories make commitments in the field of sustainability, health and social conditions. The aim is to make sustainable and healthy food choices more accessible for everyone. This includes promoting the consumption of vegetables, fruit and legumes, attention to animal welfare, improving the nutritional composition of products and providing consumers with transparent information. Food loss and food wastage are also addressed.

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