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EU food labelling plans could kill off “Belgian chocolate”

first_imgIt has added a premium cachet to products for decades, but producers of goods labelled as using ‘Belgian chocolate’ could be dealt a blow by proposed EU country-of-origin labelling (COOL) regulations.Products with ingredients of specified origin chocolate, such as Swiss and Belgian chocolate, would have to carry the source of the cocoa beans. In practice, this could signal the end of terms like ‘Belgian chocolate’, which is generally blended using beans from many sources, as they would have to be qualified with unwieldy statements of the origins of the beans on pack. The wheels were set in motion to change the way country origins are labelled following a European Parliament (EP) Environment Committee vote on 19 April, which would make life hellish for cake manufacturers specifying Swiss or Belgian chocolate on labels.The issue’s slow transit through European bureaucracy means we will have to wait until a final decision is made by the European Council in the autumn. If it goes ahead, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) says the proposal is unworkable and admits that, while lobbying continues in the hope of urging the European Council to consider labelling of products on a case-by-case basis, the signs are “ominous”.“As it stands, all chocolate products, including coatings for biscuits and chocolate chips in biscuits, if labelled as being of specific origin, will need to comply with the COOL provisions,” says Martin Turton, manager of the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate & Confectionery sector group at the FDF. “This proposal breaks customary practice of many years whereby the term Belgian or Swiss as applied to chocolate is understood to refer to the place of production. Applying COOL to ingredients of chocolate is unworkable as they are sourced globally.”Simon Harris, of Belgian chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut, says the proposals would be a “nightmare” because its main brands use a blend of beans from more than one country of origin. “That will make a very interesting problem because most of [the chocolate used in bakery products] is blended. Just about every other chocolate manufacturer does as well, otherwise it would be called a ‘pure origin’ chocolate and labelled as such. There is a very good argument for blends on the basis that you are refining the taste to a preferred flavour as opposed to taking what you can get.”Mike Woods, MD of nut-free cake producer Just Love Food Company, which uses Belgian chocolate in several products, said the proposed legislation was a step too far.“Consumers definitely prefer products made with Belgian chocolate over those labelled just ‘chocolate’. They want to know that the chocolate has been blended by a Belgian chocolatier, not where every single ingredient has come from. That level of detail is just not relevant. More labelling is likely to put people off and make things confusing.”last_img read more


Six events make up ‘must attend’ Betting on Sports Week in September

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Events will invite more than 2,500 delegates to “feel the pulse of the sports betting industry” through six events at this year’s Betting on Sports Week in London.Taking place from 18-21 September at Olympia London, #boscon2018 will feature five conferences – Betting on Sports, ESI London, Casino Beats Summit, AffiliateFEST and Sponsorship Forum, as well as a lavish ceremony for the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, held as a standalone event for the first time since its inception at the SBC Awards in 2016.More than 200 speakers will address key topics such as leadership, sports, sponsorship, esports, affiliates, regulation, compliance, integrity, data and trading, making it a ‘must attend’ event for members of the sports, betting and gaming industries.The speaker line up, headlined by five-time snooker World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, also features a star-studded collection of industry CEOs including Sky Betting and Gaming’s Richard Flint, Betway’s Anthony Werkman, Mr Green’s Jesper Kärrbrink, Stoiximan & Betano’s George Daskalakis, PDC’s Matthew Porter, Pinnacle’s Paris Smith, Fortuna Group’s Per Widerstrom and BetBright’s Marcus Brennan.They will be joined by PGA TOUR Inc Chief Legal Officer Len Brown, FSB Tech Chairman Mark Blandford, SBOBET Executive Director Bill Mummery, OPAP Trading Director Thanos Riga, BetVictor Director of Sportsbook Matt Scarrott, Kindred Group Head of Sportsbook Erik Backlund, William Hill Head of Sponsorship Tony Kenny and Howard Chisholm, MD of Chisholm Bookmakers.The Betting on Sports conference agenda, made up by the following tracks – Sport in Focus, Future of Betting, Betting on Racing, Betting on Americas, Betting on Retail, Betting on Regulation and Innovation & Technology, will also be boosted by an exhibition area that has doubled in size from 2017.This area has been expanded to 6,300 sqm to house 140 exhibitors over two floors at Olympia London, while there will be no fewer than eight dedicated networking areas to facilitate business, networking and 1-on-1 meetings between delegates.Meanwhile, SBC has stayed true to its networking roots by booking two of London’s most iconic venues for networking drinks and parties throughout the week.The evening dinners and networking party on Wednesday 19 September will take place on the 28th and 29th floor of Millbank Tower, while the closing party on Thursday 20 September, featuring new inductees to the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, will be held at the prestigious Natural History Museum.Mybet CEO Markus Peuler said: “Betting on Sports is the perfect event to feel the pulse of the industry and get updates on the most interesting topics and developments in the sports betting sector.”Steen Madsen, Head of Sportsbook and Game Management at Nederlandse Loterij, commented: “Betting on Sports is one of the most important events in the Sportsbetting industry, and to participate, learn and share knowledge with like-minded people is vital for anyone in the betting world.”Nick Nocton, Partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP, added: “Betting on Sports is the premier conference focusing on sports betting – the breadth of coverage and quality of content is second to none.”Francesco Rodano, Chief Policy Officer at Playtech, commented: “Betting on Sports is the most reputable and best attended industry event for sports betting.”SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron concluded: “Betting on Sports has quickly become a must attend event for anyone involved in the betting business. This year, we’ve worked tirelessly to build and improve in all areas, to the point where the conference and exhibition now take up two full floors of Olympia.“We’ve no fewer than eight dedicated business and networking areas, providing endless opportunities for delegates to come together and discuss the burning issues of the day.”This biggest ever sports betting focused conference is reflective of a year of high growth for SBC, which attracted a record number of delegates to the fifth edition of Betting on Football in May, and recently made two additions to its portfolio of news portals with SBC Americas and Casino Beats.For enquiries regarding sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please contact us on [email protected] are available at the excellent Early Bird Discount rate HERE.last_img read more