Mathijs Peters ESA President
We believe that food systems should be sustainable, climate adapted, nutritious, and efficient whilst not losing sight of small-scale producers. This transition requires engagement and co-operation from all actors throughout the food supply chain and beyond, both individually and collectively, at national, regional and global level. There is a need for a holistic, fair, and coordinated approach. In this spirit, the ESA signed up to the EU Code of Conduct for Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices. We are convinced it has the potential to further stimulate broader engagement and be a valuable tool in accelerating the transition towards sustainable food systems. Growing sustainably makes good business sense. It is key to savoury snack companies’ long-term competitiveness, and our members have long since taken action to respond to the sustainability challenges within their own operations and along their supply chain. These actions lie within the scope of the European Green Deal and initiatives arising from it such as the Farm to Fork Strategy. This report showcases some of the commitments, initiatives and achievements of ESA members on their path to making snacking more sustainable - from the field to the packet!
T he European Snacks Association (ESA) to promote the savoury snacks industry as a responsible stakeholder that contributes to a more sustainable and healthier Europe. Our food systems are continuing to change at a dizzying pace as consumers are more aware of the stories behind the food they eat and how they are sourced. One of the most pressing questions they have is: “How can my food choices have a positive impact on the planet?” comprises more than 200 members, including savoury snacks manufacturers, their suppliers (ingredients, machinery, etc.), as well as national trade organisations. ESA’s mission is Global warming has undoubtedly transformed what and how we eat, both because of increased consumer awareness of sustainability and climate change and because of its growing impact on our wallets. These factors will deepen acceptance of sustainable food alternatives and increase consumer desire for more environmentally friendly products. The European savoury snacks industry is therefore determined to do its part to move towards more sustainable food systems, building on the significant achievements of manufacturers in recent years.
We believe that food systems should be sustainable, climate adapted, nutritious,
and efficient whilst not losing sight of small-scale producers.
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