FoodServiceEurope’s goal is to provide constructive and intelligent solutions to the key socio-economic challenges that concern our industry. Through this we aim to drive sustainable growth for the contract catering sector and for Europe as a whole.
- To provide valuable insight on EU policy initiatives and legislation and inform policymakers on the perspective of the European contract catering sector.
Contract catering is directly affected by many aspects of EU legislation. FoodServiceEurope promotes its members’ interests in areas including food hygiene and safety, public procurement and concessions, information to consumers and sustainability policy. By delivering over 6 billion meals annually, the industry provides an essential service to public and private organisations and society as a whole.
FoodServiceEurope aims to provide decision makers with a better understanding of the contract catering industry and the far-reaching role it plays, leading to better-informed EU policies.
- To provide an EU-level forum for contract caterers
FoodServiceEurope provides a platform to pool expertise and experience and exchange best practice across Europe on key topics of common interest.
- To cooperate with other EU stakeholders on areas of joint interest
FoodServiceEurope collaborates with other organisations at EU level on areas of joint interest. By partnering with other stakeholders, FoodServiceEurope is in a better position to achieve its mission and ensure that the interests of the contract catering sector are taken into account at EU level.
FoodServiceEurope brings together contract catering organisations in Europe and speaks on behalf of a significant share of the market.
Membership is made up of contract catering associations from various EU Member States with the objective of combining resources to contribute effectively to sound policymaking at EU level.
FoodServiceEurope is reinforced by Associate Members, which represent Europe’s leading contract catering companies. Associate Members meet twice annually in the Food Service Roundtable to provide direct input to EU policy proposals that affect the sector.
The positions of FoodServiceEurope are defined by the General Assembly, which meets twice a year and holds the decision making power within the organisation. The General Assembly appoints Board members, approves internal accounts and procedures, determines policy priorities and establishes working groups on areas of strategic importance.
FoodServiceEurope’s Board is composed of a President and at least three Vice-Presidents. FoodServiceEurope re-elected Norbert Hummel as its President in May 2012.
FoodServiceEurope’s Brussels-based secretariat manages the organisation’s daily activities on behalf of the Board and serves as the main contact point with the EU institutions. It is represented by the Secretary General, Rocco Renaldi, who was appointed by the Board in November 2011.
FoodServiceEurope’s membership is made up of ten national associations, represented in its General Assembly.
Belgium Union Belge du Catering (U.B.C.) United Kingdom British Hospitality Association (B.H.A.) France Syndicat National de la Restauration Collective (S.N.R.C.) Netherlands Vereniging Nederlandse Cateringorganisaties (VENECA) Hungary Turisztikai és Vendéglátó Munkaadók Országos Szövetsége Italy Associazione Nazionale Aziende di Ristorazione Collettiva (ANGEM) Portugal Associação da Hotelaria, Restauração e Similares de Portugal Spain Federación Española de Asociaciones Dedicadas a la Restauración Social (FEADRS) Sweden Visita Austria GV-Austria – Dachverband der Österreichischen Gemeinschaftsverpfleger
In 2012 FoodServiceEurope established the Food Service Roundtable to bring together CEOs and senior business managers of Europe’s leading contract catering companies. As Associate Members, these companies come together to discuss policy issues of mutual interest and provide direct input to EU policy proposals.
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FoodServiceEurope provides on-going contributions to the EU policymaking process and is in continuous dialogue with decision-makers on the perspective of the European contract catering sector on policy and regulatory developments.
In addition to cooperating on a bilateral and multilateral basis with stakeholders on issues of joint interest, FoodServiceEurope is engaged in the following activities:
Social Dialogue EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste European Business Services Alliance EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health