FDBusiness.com

EC Proposes to Combine and Reinforce Existing School Milk and School Fruit Schemes

 Breaking News
  • Administrators Appointed to Russell Hume KPMG Restructuring has been appointed as administrators to Russell Hume, the UK specialist meat supplier. Headquartered in Derby and operating from six production sites in Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Boroughbridge, Exeter and Fife, the company supplied meat to a number of hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK. It employed a total of 302 people. Last month, [...]...
  • Heineken Delivers a Solid 2017 Performance Heineken has posted a 5% increase in organic revenue (beia) to €21.91 billion for 2017 with revenue (beia) per hectolitre up by2.1% as consolidated beer volume rose by 3.0% with growth in all regions. Operating profit (beia) grew 9.3% organically during the year, primarily reflecting higher revenue and cost efficiencies. The group’s operating margin improved [...]...
  • Coca-Cola European Partners Reports First Full Year Coca-Cola European Partners has reported a 21% increase in revenue to €11.1 billion – up 3.0% on a comparable and foreign exchange neutral basis – for the full-year ended 31 December 2017. Volume was up 0.5% on a comparable basis. Full-year reported operating profit at €1.3 billion was up 9.0% and by 10.5% on a comparable [...]...
  • New Micronutrient Premix For Target-group-specific Drinks Health is one of the twelve central megatrends identified by the Frankfurt Future Institute’s Food Report 2018. A healthy lifestyle is important to all age groups, and nutrition plays a major role alongside various other components. Using its new premix for healthy bones and heart as an example, SternVitamin shows how beverage manufacturers can address [...]...
  • Lete SpA – A Compact Line of 44,000 bph For Square Bottles Lete is an internationally recognised trademark, thanks to the peculiarity of the naturally sparkling water and also because it is the main sponsor of Napoli Calcio. The collaboration with ACMI dates back more than twenty years and the famous Italian supplier of end-of-lines has always considered Lete SpA to be one of its most prestigious [...]...

EC Proposes to Combine and Reinforce Existing School Milk and School Fruit Schemes

EC Proposes to Combine and Reinforce Existing School Milk and School Fruit Schemes
January 31
13:49 2014

The European Commission has published a proposal bringing together two currently separate school schemes, the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, under a joint framework. In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and to contribute to fight against obesity. With the slogan “Eat well – feel good”, this enhanced scheme from farm to school will put greater focus on educational measures to improve children’s awareness of healthy eating habits, the range of farm produce available, as well as sustainability, environmental and food waste issues.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş, says: “With the changes proposed, we want to build on the existing schemes, to reverse the downward trend in consumption and raise awareness among children of the potential benefits of these products. This is an important measure for bringing about sustained changes in children’s eating habits and improving awareness of important challenges that society faces. I also hope that is will be a great opportunity to strengthen links between the farming community and children, their parents and teachers, especially in urban areas.”

The new scheme will operate under a joint legal and financial framework, improving and streamlining the administrative requirements under the two existing schemes. Having this single framework will reduce the management and organisational burden for national authorities, schools and suppliers and make the scheme more efficient. Participation in the scheme will be voluntary for Member States, which will also have flexibility to choose the products they wish to distribute.

As already programmed in last year’s deal on future EU spending, the new scheme, once agreed, will have a budget of €230 million per school year (€150 million for fruit and vegetables and €80 million for milk). This compares with a budget of €197m (€122m and €75m respectively) in the 2014 budget. The proposal, which will now be submitted to the European Parliament and to the Council, builds on the findings of evaluation reports and the public consultation that was carried out in 2013 in the context of the Impact Assessment process.

The School milk scheme was set up in 1977 and the School fruit scheme in 2009. Both programmes benefit nearly 30 million children every year (over 20 million for the milk scheme and 8,5 million for the school fruit scheme). The need for these schemes seems even more relevant today, in the light of the declining trend in the medium-term F&V and milk consumption and emerging nutrition challenges. In most countries children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables is declining and remains below the recommended daily intake. Drinking milk consumption is also declining and children’s consumption is shifting towards highly processed products. Overweight and obesity are real concerns: In 2010 the WHO estimated that around 1 in 3 children between 6 and 9 in the EU are overweight or obese. This trend is increasing quickly: estimates for 2008 were 1 in 4.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • February 18, 2018Vinisud
  • February 25, 2018fish international
  • February 27, 2018Int'l Food Fair
  • February 27, 2018Warsaw Gastro Show
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements