This is a collection of information and links on all aspects relating to how to become a successful (or even more successful) food entrepreneur.

Information on Nutrition and Health Claims

Nutrition and health claims and regulations by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
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The Food and Drink Association (FDA) in the UK

The FDA represents the food and drink industry in the UK. Its website has a vast array of useful information.
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The balance small business

This website is a good source for all-things-small-business that is relevant to supporting start-ups. A more specific piece of information is on marketing using online content: Food and Beverage Content Marketing Case Studies
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Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network

Short supply chain knowledge and innovation network (EU project found by the H2020)
SKIN creates a European network of good practices in the short food supply chain domain, connected to overcome knowledge fragmentation and to support bottom-up innovation initiatives.
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Short food supply chains and local food systems in the EU

The current EU rural development policy 2014-2020 puts more emphasis than before on short food supply chains and defines them precisely for the first time. Producers wishing to involve themselves in local food systems can benefit from several measures co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
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EIP-AGRI Workshop: Innovation in the supply chain: creating value together

The EIP-AGRI workshop ‘Innovation in the supply chain: creating value together’ took place on 6-7 February 2018 in Lyon, France. It was organised in cooperation with the French National Rural Network, led by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, General Commission for Territorial Equality.
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Final Reports from this workshop

Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU. A State of Play of their Socio-Economic Characteristics.

JRC scientific and policy reports

Abstract

The present study aims at describing the state-of-play of short food supply chains (SFSC) in the EU understood as being the chains in which foods involved are identified by, and traceable to a farmer and for which the number of intermediaries between farmer and consumer should be minimal or ideally nil.

Several types of SFSCs can be identified, for example, CSAs (Community-Supported Agriculture), on-farm sales, off-farm schemes (farmers markets, delivery schemes), collective sales in particular towards public institutions, being mostly local / proximity sales and in some cases distance sales.

Such type of food chain has specific social impacts, economic impacts at regional and farm level as well as environmental impacts translating themselves into a clear interest of consumers. SFSCs are present throughout the EU, although there are some differences in the different MS in terms of dominating types of SFSCs. In general, they are dominantly small or microenterprises, composed of small-scale producers, often coupled to organic farming practices. Social values (quality products to consumers and direct contact with the producer) are the values usually highlighted by SFSCs before environmental or economic values.

In terms of policy tools, there are pros and cons in developing a specific EU labelling scheme which could bring more recognition, clarity, protection and value added to SFSCs, while potential costs might be an obstacle.

Anyhow, a possible labelling scheme should take into account the current different stages and situations of development of SFSCs in the EU and be flexible enough accommodate these differences. Other policy tools, in particular training and knowledge exchange in marketing and communication, are considered important and should continue to be funded by Rural Development programmes, as well as possibly other EU funds in view of the positive social and not specifically rural impacts.
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Agricultural Markets Task Force

Final report: Improving Market outcomes
ENHANCING THE POSITION OF FARMERS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
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Is the Short Food Supply Chain an Efficient Solution for Sustainability in the Food Market?

Author: Irene Canfora

Support

Food companies, particularly if they are SMEs, need to access a range of support information available to them

This section provides various support information regarding policies, regulations, government support, relevant funding, etc.

European Parliament  Policy briefing

Short food supply chains and local food systems in the EU

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2016/586650/EPRS_BRI(2016)586650_EN.pdf

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