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(drinks media wire) - There are 274,000 food and drink companies in Europe, 99.1% of which are SMEs. SMEs accounted for 48.7% of turnover and 63% of employment in the food and drink industry in 2010.
FoodDrinkEurope aims to develop the competitiveness of the EU food and drink industry, and, as such, puts a special emphasis on the specific needs of SMEs by; simplifying policies and reducing administrative burdens across food safety and science, health and nutrition, competitiveness and environmental sustainability; improving access to finance and research programmes and facilitating SME access to international markets.
Speaking about the importance of SMEs, FoodDrinkEurope's board member and Vice-President with special responsibility for SMEs - Attilio Zannetti, said;
"FoodDrinkEurope represents large, medium and small food and drink companies, our current President is from an SME. Personally, as CEO of an Italian SME, Zanetti SpA, and Vice President of FoodDrinkEurope, I am tasked with the specific responsibility to ensure that the interests of SMEs are top-of-mind in everything the organisation does. Currently, 5 CEOs of SMEs are on the Board of FoodDrinkEurope, out of a total of 17 members. It is fundamental and indeed obvious that SMEs, form the backbone of the industry and are fully represented by FoodDrinkEurope. I am completely satisfied that this is the case."
Definition of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) for Eurostat: micro=less than 10; small=10-49; medium-sized=20-249; large=more than 250 employees.
FoodDrinkEurope Data & Trends 2011 (forthcoming)
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