Labelling of alcoholic beverages in the EU: some facts?
- The EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers (1169/2011) became applicable in December 2014
- The Regulation includes the obligation to provide the list of ingredients and nutrition declaration (the nutrition declaration became applicable on foods in December 2016)
- Alcoholic beverages containing more than 1.2 % by volume of alcohol are exempted from the mandatory listing of ingredients and nutrition declaration
- Nonetheless, the Regulation requests the Commission to adopt a report addressing whether alcoholic beverages should be covered by the requirement to provide the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration, and the reasons justifying possible exemptions.
13 March 2017: the Commission adopted a report to the European Parliament and the Council regarding the mandatory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration of alcoholic beverages. This report is based on data collected by the Commission through Member States and stakeholders consultations.
4 April 2017: the report was presented to stakeholders in the context of a meeting of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain, Animal Health and Plant Health. For more information on this, please refer to the minutes of the meeting.
12 March 2018: the alcoholic beverage industry submitted a self-regulatory proposal to the Commission and presented it to Commissioner Andriukaitis.
The self-regulatory proposal consists of:
- Joint self-regulatory proposal from the European alcoholic beverages sectors on the provision of nutrition and ingredients listing (guiding principles)
- Spirits sector annex
- Detailed wine and aromatised wine products annex
- European brewers' commitment to listing ingredients and nutrition information
- European cider and fruit wine association annex
The proposal will be assessed by the Commission.