Conclusions of Caobisco Roundtable Discussion on the “Role and engagements of the European chocolate, biscuits and confectionery industry in the nutrition and health debate”, Brussels, 09.06.2016
On June 9th, 2016, CAOBISCO presented its engagements on health & nutrition, with a particular focus on portions, to an assembly of Stakeholders in Brussels.
Nikolakopoulou (DG SANTE), P. Castres (BEUC) and Prof D. Benton (Swansea University, UK) presented their views and priorities for the Confectionery sector in tacking up the current public health challenge.
The main conclusions from this roundtable can be summarized as follows:
- Speakers agreed that Caobisco product categories are about bringing enjoyment to consumers. Consumers are aware of the place of confectionery in the diet
- Speakers also agreed that the confectionery products are very diverse, linked to culture, tradition and local savoir-faire. Hence taking a tailor-made approach as Caobisco did through its “menu of options” makes sense. There is no “one size fits all”. Providing flexibility to companies within a clear framework for action so that they can adapt their interventions according to their specific portfolio of products but also to consumer’s needs, the eating occasion and the European diversity in culture, taste and traditions.
- Education was identified in the discussion as an important area for action moving forward: while the main responsibility here lies with national Governments and Health professionals, industry can also play a role, particularly through Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs).
- The extremely narrow margins for reformulating products in the chocolate, confectionery and biscuit sectors were acknowledge by participants, calling on our industry to provide full and detailed nutritioninformation and to be particularly careful not to market our products directly to children.
- The concrete examples of company member actions in the different areas foreseen by the Caobisco “Menu of options” were welcomed and appreciated by all participants.