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News & Positions - July 2021

AIM and other associations warn the Commission against reforming the block exemption on dual distribution

Representing several industries and sectors across Europe, AIM and six other associations wrote to EVP Vestager yesterday to raise their concerns over the envisaged reform of dual distribution under the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER). In its last public consultation,...

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- June 2021

AIM supports Commission goals to adapt competition rules to current market reality

AIM welcomes the EC’s willingness to consider policy changes to reflect the new omni-channel market reality: online players no longer need the protection over the brick-and-mortar channel that the EC granted when it revised the VBER/VGL package in 2010. Brand...

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News & Positions - June 2021

AIM welcomes European Parliament’s call to address retail alliances’ unfair behaviours

Press release, Brussels, 9 June 2021 - The Plenary of the European Parliament adopted yesterday its annual own-initiative report on EU competition policy setting out its policy recommendations for the European Commission in the area. AIM, the European Brands Association,...

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News & Positions - May 2021

AIM recommends futureproofing and adapting competition rules to reflect the new market dynamics of an omnichannel world

Press release, Brussels, 23 April 2021 - AIM has published its response to the European Commission’s questionnaire for the public consultation on a block exemption Regulation and guidelines on vertical agreements. AIM, the European Brands Association, has been an active...

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News & Positions - April 2021

Swift transposition of the Unfair Trading Practices Directive necessary for robust EU recovery

Press Release, Brussels, 30 April 2021 - The 1st of May deadline for the transposition into national law of pioneering EU legislation to ensure a fair and competitive food supply chain will unfortunately pass without this achievement in most EU...

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News & Positions - March 2021

Musical chairs of retail alliances could spread further unfair business conduct across EU

Press release, Brussels, 26 March 2021 - Edeka, the 55.7 billion euro German retail giant, announced its departure today from powerhouse retail alliance AgeCore, to join yet another newly formed alliance Everest, under AgeCore’s previous leadership. AgeCore, with a gross...

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News & Positions - February 2021

AIM calls for EU investigation into European Retail Alliance AgeCore as French authority targets it and Intermarché for unfair trading practices imposed on suppliers, seeking EUR 150 million fine

Press Release, Brussels, 19 February 2021 - The French government today has acted on the abusive unfair trading practices imposed on 93 suppliers by French retailer Intermarché through its international alliance, AgeCore, and Intermarché Belgium. Seeking a fine of over...

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News & Positions - December 2020

DSA and DMA – a starting point to deliver a clean and fair platform ecosystem

Press Release, Brussels, 15 December 2020 - AIM, the European Brands Association, welcomes the publication of the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and looks forward to engaging in the debates to ensure Europe takes the...

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News & Positions - December 2020

AIM’s updated Position on the Digital Services Act & Digital Markets Act

The Digital Services Act is the opportunity to update the online platform economy legal framework to encourage all actors to play fairly and to comply with EU standards, to protect consumers and safeguard trust in the digital environment. Europe has...

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News & Positions - November 2020

EU Commission study on retail market concludes “no hard or documentary” evidence of Territorial Supply Constraints

PRESS RELEASE - The European Commission’s study on the Single Market in the retail sector published today concludes that “there is no hard or documentary evidence available” on the use of territorial supply constraints i.e. such as refusals to supply...

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News & Positions - September 2020

Packaging value chain calls on the EU institutions to protect the integrity of the Single Market

AIM, the European Brands Association, and other key industry associations of the packaging value chain have come together under the Packaging Chain Forum to voice their common concerns about the integrity of the Single Market for packaging and packaged goods....

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News & Positions - May 2020

Joint Statement – More vigilance required on retail alliances for a stronger EU agri-food supply chain

Together with Copa-Cogeca, representing farmers and agri-cooperatives, and FoodDrinkEurope, representing food manufacturers, AIM, the European Brands Association, has issued a...

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News & Positions - March 2020

COVID-19: Transport keeps us going #TransportisEssential4all

Together with 32 organisations, AIM, the European Brands Association, co-signed a declaration highlighting the key role transport and logistics are playing for the supply of essential goods in the coronavirus crisis. The transport sector has a crucial role to play...

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News & Positions - February 2020

Digital Services Act – the opportunity for Europe to lead in the platform economy

We must aim for a legitimate digital economy framework that encourages all actors to play fairly and to comply with EU standards, to protect consumers and safeguard trust in the digital environment. Such a framework for trust will give Europe the chance to lead in this space for the future.

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News & Positions - February 2020

AIM Position on the review of the Horizontal Guidelines

AIM has published its contribution to the EU Commission's Open Consultation on the review of the horizontal guidelines . AIM agrees with the Guidelines that joint-purchasing agreements may, in the right circumstances, generate procompetitive efficiencies. At the same time, the...

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News & Positions - November 2019

European industries unite to call for an ambitious EU industrial strategy

Industry4Europe, a coalition of 149 sector Associations representing the diversity of the EU’s industrial base, today published its new Joint Paper ‘A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action’. Through cross-sectoral recommendations, the Industry4Europe coalition contributes to...

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News & Positions - November 2019

AIM welcomes Malcolm Swift as new President

Malcolm Swift, President Global Flavour Solutions and McCormick International, has been recently elected as President of AIM by the AIM Board. Malcolm, one of the longest serving Board members of the association, has assumed the position as of 1 November...

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News & Positions - July 2019

8th Annual AIM-PROGRESS benchmarking survey on Responsible Sourcing in the FMCG sector

AIM-PROGRESS members continued to demonstrate progress in their responsible sourcing programs in 2018 with an impressive maturity leap: 50% of members are now identified as having ‘Integrated’ responsible sourcing programs, thereby being in the upper half of the maturity scale,...

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News & Positions - June 2019

European food brand manufacturers welcome European Commission report finding no evidence of East-West divide in food quality

AIM and FoodDrinkEurope, representing European branded food manufacturers, welcome today’s publication of a comprehensive analysis by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) of 128 branded and private label food and drink products across 19 EU Member States, which confirms...

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News & Positions - May 2019

AIM position paper on the Review of Vertical Block Exemption Regulation

A VBER and VGL that fit for the Consumer Ecosystem Era: Consumers are engaged today in a vastly different brand ecosystem experience. On the other hand, Brands strive to deliver in one seamless environment the necessary elements to meet and...

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News & Positions - March 2019

An important step closer to a fairer food chain for everyone

Today, Members of the European Parliament strongly voted in favour of promoting a fair food supply chain, delivering on their promise to #CutTheUnfair. The signatories welcome this historic vote for banning unfair trading practices in the food value chain. This...

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News & Positions - December 2018

FoodDrinkEurope and AIM acknowledge the significant progress made to combat UTPs

FoodDrinkEurope and AIM acknowledge the agreement reached today between the European Commission, Parliament and the Member States on the proposed Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) Directive. After decades of discussions, and many months of intensive debate, we appreciate the efforts made...

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News & Positions - November 2018

Industry calls on EU negotiators to safeguard the Internal Market for packaging & packaged goods

The undersigned organisations represent interests in a wide range of packaging materials, including plastics, and sectors at different stages of the packaging value chain in Europe. Building on earlier joint statements, we remain committed to working with EU policymakers to...

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News & Positions - October 2018

Let’s put industry at the core of the EU’s future – Industry4Europe Joint Call

The Industry4Europe coalition has issued a Joint Call to the candidates for the 2019 European Elections. The Joint Call sets out the Coalition's aim to make industry the priority for EU policy makers, including future Members of the European Parliament...

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News & Positions - October 2018

AIM welcomes EU Parliament’s clear move to ban Unfair Trading Practices in the food supply chain

The EU Parliament Agriculture Committee voted with an overwhelming majority for a fair food supply chain benefiting all actors and consumers. This historic vote is welcomed by the entire European food supply chain as a key step towards ensuring fairness...

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News & Positions - September 2018

Unfair Trading Practices: Joint key statements ahead of the Special Committee of Agriculture

Ahead of the upcoming SCA of the Council and EU Parliament discussions on the Proposal for a Directive on Unfair Trading Practices, AIM – the European Brands Association, CEJA – the European Council of Young Farmers, Copa-Cogeca – the European...

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News & Positions - September 2018

Unfair Trading Practices: European Parliament supports a fair and well-functioning food supply chain

The 11 million farmers and 293.000 food producers of Europe welcome today’s vote by Members of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on the UTPs Directive as a clear step towards ensuring a fair and well-functioning food...

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News & Positions - July 2018

AIM comments on European Commission Communication – A European Retail Sector fit for the 21st century

As the European Brands Association, we represent 2,500 branded consumer goods manufacturers, small, medium and large, across the European Union. A European retail sector fit for the 21st century is critical to brands manufacturers as retailers are the route by...

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News & Positions - July 2018

Joint statement welcomes Parliament’s drive to support farmers, businesses and consumers across EU

On 10 July 2018, MEP Paolo De Castro presented his draft report on the proposed Directive to fight unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain to Members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. AIM, Copa...

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News & Positions - June 2018

Position Paper – AIM supports fairness for all players in the supply chain

AIM supports a “fairness for all players in the supply chain” approach. We believe that the current proposal for legislation on Unfair Trading Practices should apply to all players in the food supply chain. Unless the entire supply chain is...

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News & Positions - April 2018

AIM and FoodDrinkEurope welcome EU-harmonised methodology for assessing food quality characteristics

AIM, the European Brands Association, and FoodDrinkEurope, the European food and drink industry organisation, welcome the release of a new harmonised methodology for comparing the quality related characteristics of foods by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Announced last...

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News & Positions - April 2018

New proposal on UTPs is a step forward but promoting fairness in the whole chain remains a challenge

Today, the European Commission has published a proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain. The European Brands Association AIM, the European Council of Young Farmers Ceja, the Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing...

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News & Positions - March 2018

Eight EU associations and NGOs call for EU legislation on Unfair Trading Practices

Together with seven associations and NGOs from the food supply chain, AIM calls on the European Commission to propose legislation to combat unfair trading practices in Europe. The letter signed by the European Brands Association AIM, the European Council of...

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News & Positions - October 2017

AIM appoints Michelle Gibbons as new Director General

The Board of AIM, the European Brands Association, has today appointed Michelle Gibbons as Director General with effect from January 1, 2018. Ms Gibbons succeeds Alain Galaski who will leave the Association after 25 years as Director General in December...

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News & Positions - September 2017

Joint AIM-FoodDrinkEurope statement on alleged “dual quality” of food products

In his State of the Union address, Commission President Juncker said he "cannot accept inferior food for consumers" in certain markets - we fully agree. Practices which are not in line with existing EU legislation, if any, should be clearly...

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News & Positions - April 2017

AIMing for delivering brands’ full potential to Europe’s society and economy

Unilever’s President of Europe, Jan Zijderveld is to bring his expertise to bear as he has been voted President of AIM – the European Brands Association. Jan outlines what he hopes to bring as he will represent the branded goods...

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News & Positions - January 2017

SCI: Year 3 – keeping momentum and bringing change

The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) presented its third annual report at an event in the European Parliament sponsored by MEPs Dita Charanzová and Ivan Štefanec, on 24 January 2017. The...

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News & Positions - January 2016

AIM welcomes the pragmatic approach of the European Commission in its report on unfair practices

The Commission’s report issued on 29 January on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain provides valuable clarifications on existing frameworks for tackling unfair trading practices in the EU. Although there is room for improvement, measures to combat UTPs...

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News & Positions - January 2016

Supply Chain Initiative: Achievements and Perspectives

On 27 January, at Thon Hotel EU, the Supply Chain Initiative will release its annual report of activities two years after its launch. The Supply Chain Initiative aims at promoting good trading practices in the food supply chain. It was...

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News & Positions - September 2015

The Supply Chain Initiative makes it easier for micro and small enterprises to join

As a founding member of the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI), AIM is very pleased that the Governance Group of the SCI decided to further simplify the procedure for the registration of SMEs. As a further encouragement to micro and small...

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News & Positions - March 2015

AIM elects Poul Weihrauch from Mars as President

On 13 March, the Board of AIM, the European Brands Association, unanimously voted Poul Weihrauch, Global President of Mars Petcare, as the Association’s new President. He takes over from Laurent Freixe, Executive Vice-President of Nestlé. Mr. Weihrauch will hold office...

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News & Positions - February 2015

Future-Proofing your Supply Chain through Horizontal Collaboration

Bundling freight flows across multiple manufacturers to create logistics synergies and achieve significant improvements in cost, service level and sustainability is a strategic driver of AIM’s supply chain activities. This was the theme of a joint workshop by AIM and...

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News & Positions - January 2015

AIM & FoodDrinkEurope comments: Commission study on economic impact of modern retail in EU food sector

The economic impact of modern retail on choice and innovation in the EU food sector – AIM & FoodDrinkEurope comments on the study commissioned by DG Competition of the European Commission. DOWNLOAD

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News & Positions - January 2015

SCI one year on: keeping the momentum

Unfair trading practices adversely affect companies’ capacity to innovate and invest for the long term. This innovation and investment is needed to improve constantly value to consumers and fulfil the EU’s objective to create smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Therefore...

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News & Positions - April 2014

Last but not least: Thank you European Parliament!

For the last plenary, AIM would like to thank the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for their constructive spirit in their discussions with consumer brand manufacturers to get Europe ‘back to growth’. During our meetings and exchanges, they supported...

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News & Positions - April 2014

European Consumer Summit 2014: Boosting consumer trust in the digital market place

This year’s Consumer Summit focused on how we can ensure that consumers reap the full benefits from the digital market place. AIM participated to share consumer brand manufacturers’ ideas on the best way to achieve this objective. This year's Summit...

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News & Positions - January 2014

The contribution of brand manufacturers to retail competitiveness

The High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness aims to assist the European Commission in developing policies to improve the long-term competitiveness of the EU retail sector. Its first meeting on 20 January 2014 focuses on retail innovation, a subject of...

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News & Positions - December 2013

Support from the European institutions for the Supply Chain Initiative

On 16 September, AIM and six other EU level associations launched "The Supply Chain Initiative, together for good trading practices”, with the aim to increase fairness in commercial relations along the food supply chain. Since then, this initiative has gathered...

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News & Positions - September 2013

Self-regulation should be given a fair chance

On 26 September the European Parliament held a first Retail Market Roundtable on a more efficient and fairer retail market, initiated by MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt. The objective of the Roundtable was to bring together different stakeholders to discuss...

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News & Positions - September 2013

Brands call for a fair and sustainable digital market place

The debate on the digital economy and innovation that will be held at the next European Council (26-27 October) is an important step towards ensuring the completion of the Digital Single Market. For the branded goods industry that AIM represents...

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News & Positions - September 2013

The Supply Chain Initiative – one step closer to fair and efficient markets

At a special event in Brussels on 16 September 2013, The Supply Chain Initiative was formally launched in the presence of 150 representatives from manufacturers, retailers, the European Commission and the European Parliament. On the day of the launch 82...

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News & Positions - September 2013

Supply Chain Initiative ready for launch

On Monday 16 September 2013, AIM and six other EU level trade associations will be launching "The Supply Chain Initiative - together for good trading practices". The Initiative promotes fair business practices in commercial relations throughout the food supply chain....

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News & Positions - August 2013

AIM publishes data on consumer spending on brands

Based on data from Euromonitor International, AIM is publishing 2012 data on consumer spending on brands within food, drink, home and personal care. For the EU the figure amounts to as much as 640 bn €. AIM also provides a...

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News & Positions - July 2013

Momentum for voluntary initiative on Fair Trading Practices

As a steady flow of companies, both manufacturers and retailers, are joining the stakeholder-driven initiative on fair trading practices, a date for its formal launch has now been set. On 16 September top industry representatives will present the initiative to...

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News & Positions - May 2013

AIM invites members to join voluntary initiative on Fair Trading Practices

At this week's ECR Europe conference in Brussels, AIM and EuroCommerce called on their members to implement a code of fair trading practice developed by the organisations representing the food supply chain, from farmer to retailer. Companies can now commit...

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News & Positions - April 2013

Unfair Trading Practices – AIM responds to Commission consultation

In parallel to the work of AIM and food chain stakeholder associations on Principles of Good Practice and a voluntary framework for their implementation, the Commission has conducted a broad consultation on possible measures at EU level to tackle unfair...

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News & Positions - April 2013

A Single Market for Green Products

Today, the Commission released its long-awaited Communication on a Single Market for Green Products and a recommendation on the proposed methodologies for Product and Organisation Environmental Footprinting. AIM is supportive of the Commission's approach for a single EU wide methodology...

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News & Positions - April 2011

AIM Position Paper “Actions not Acts – Practical Steps to Complete the Single Market”

Please find here the AIM Position Paper “Actions not Acts – Practical Steps to Complete the Single Market”:

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