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Crucial understandings for companies in the sports food and beverage industry

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The European Commission’s proposed Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) will have significant implications for the food and beverage industry. The legislation aims to promote sustainable practices by imposing stricter rules on reducing, reusing, and recycling packaging and waste. It also proposes new targets for packaging design and composition to minimize waste. However, stakeholders have raised concerns about the feasibility of implementation and potential economic burdens.

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) supports the recyclability targets introduced by the proposal, which align with the industry’s sustainability objectives. However, the industry faces challenges in accessing secondary raw materials and investing in recycling technologies for hard-to-recycle materials.

Recent policy developments have seen various committees adopting positions on the PPWR in the European Parliament. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supports more relaxed reuse ambitions than those proposed by the Commission. Additionally, the Spanish Council Presidency has expressed concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed regulations and called for more flexibility in their implementation.

With final positions from Member States and the European Parliament expected soon, now is the best time for the industry to engage with the regulatory process to ensure fit-for-purpose legislation. Businesses interested in influencing the PPWR and staying informed about policy developments can reach out to ESSNA for assistance.

It’s essential for businesses in the food and beverage industry to stay informed about food and beverage industry trends, food processing technology, food distribution trends, and food and drink regulations. Additionally, staying ahead of food and drink industry innovation, sustainability, packaging, marketing, and consumer trends is crucial for long-term success.

Luca Bucchini, Chairman of ESSNA, emphasized the importance of engaging with lawmakers to secure appropriate and proportionate legislation that supports the industry’s growth and sustainability goals. Businesses must stay proactive in shaping the regulatory environment to promote a more sustainable and competitive food and beverage industry.

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