On 29 April 2021, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) published its ruling in the case Natumi GmbH v Land Nordrhein-Westfalen. The case revolved around the question whether Natumi is allowed to use the alga Lithothamnium calcareum, an alga naturally rich in calcium, in its organic plant-based milks.
Published in April 2021, the “Marketing meat” report from Greenpeace takes a look at EU promotional funds between 2016-2019 for meat and dairy products.
On 26 January 2021, the research and campaign group “Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)”, which monitors corporate lobbying at EU level, leaked amendments for the report on the ‘Farm-to-Fork’ (F2F) Strategy suggested by Copa-Cogeca.
On 19-22 October, the plenary of the European Parliament will vote on two amendments within the framework of the Common Agriculture Policy reform, amendments 165 and 171, that would significantly affect the labelling of plant-based foods. Stakeholders are preparing for a last attempt to avert the ‘Veggie Burger Ban’ at EU-Parliament level.
Plant-based food sales figures have constantly been growing over the past years, but the market has seen a sudden steep increase in the first half of 2020.