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Europe’s spirits producers successfully deliver on energy on-pack target

Europe’s producers of spirit drinks have successfully delivered on the 2nd milestone commitment to provide a growing share of spirits sold in the EU with energy information on the label. According to a Progress Report released by trade association spiritsEUROPE, the sector succeeded in ensuring that, by 31 December 2021, around 1 in 2 bottles already featured such information, a share that is set to rise to 66% by the end of this year. In parallel, the sector also reported about rapid progress in developing bespoke digital consumer information tools.
The targets are part of a multiannual voluntary agreement – the so-called Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Consumer Information – that was facilitated by the European Commission in 2019. The MoU provides clear guidance on how nutrition information and ingredient listings should be made available to consumers on spirit drinks, given they are not mandatory under current EU rules.
Commenting on the progress, Ulrich Adam, Director General of spiritsEUROPE said: “Despite the difficult market environment and tremendous challenges over the last 2 years, we are proud to report that the sector is on track in delivering on our labelling commitments and providing European consumers with the information they are looking for.”
“Since 2019, more and more trade associations have signed up to the MoU and we are proud to announce that 59 mid-sized and small distillers from across Europe have signed the MoU and will start rolling out labels in line with this commitment. This shows that the approach is working,” Adam added.
In parallel, rapid progress has also been achieved in providing digital consumer information. In December 2021, was launched, a consumer-friendly E-label Platform enabling consumers across Europe to access information via QR code technology about the wine and spirits products they purchase, in their own language. U-Label is an innovation made possible through a unique collaboration between the European wine association CEEV and spiritsEUROPE. In 5 months, more than 30 spirits producers have registered to U-label, having generated more than 400 e-labels.

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