The Food Chain Contract is a mutual commitment between firms and public authorities, including farmers, craftsmen, distribution centers, and industrial unions.
The Food Chain Contract is based on proposals created during the Regional Conferences launched by the French government last September. For five months, professionals in the field collaborated and shared their ideas at nearly 140 workshops, resulting in more than 1000 concrete proposals.
The Food Chain Strategic Committee then specified the main goals of the Food Chain Contract:
– Create jobs, and enhance attractiveness of jobs in the agrifood sector
– Promote the quality of food products, and encourage their export
– Encourage investment and innovation to modernize the sector and increase its competitiveness
– Improve relationships within the sector to create added value
-Become more economically and environmentally competitive
Among the proposed initiatives to improve food supply, the French Minister for Agri-food announced the launch of the “Quality Ingredient Pact” before the end of the year. Seven families of food products have already committed to the project: children’s breakfast cereals, non-alcoholic drinks, jams, pre-made dishes such as frozen dinners, and artisanal breads.
Improving the nutritional quality of a wide range of food products should enable everyone, including low-income families, to have access to a better food supply.
This Pact aims to:
– Reduce the use of ingredients that should be consumed in limited quantities
– Recognize organizations’ efforts to inform consumers about nutritional improvements
– Develop measures to increase dietary fiber consumption