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Changing life quality through nutrition

SNE is a European association representing
the views of its members, who are the dietetic
food industry associations of the EU Member States.


European Institutions

Decisions taken at the European level impact the daily lives of citizens and also regulate the companies that operate in Europe. The specialised nutrition industry is one of the most strictly regulated sectors in the European Union, with legislation covering safety, additives, labelling, and advertising, among other areas. Several EU institutions are relevant for the specialised nutrition industry:

  • European Commission: the executive body of the EU responsible for proposing laws and is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the EU. The European Commission is divided into different Directorate-Generals (DGs) that are responsible for specific policy issues. DG Health and Consumers is of particular interest for the specialised nutrition industry, as it is responsible for most of the legislation governing our sector.
  • European Parliament: The directly elected parliamentary body of the EU. Together with the Council and the European Commission it has legislative powers and co-decides on many issues of interest to the specialised nutrition industry. Members of European Parliament are elected by the EU citizens. The European Parliament works within Committees focusing on specific policy areas. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee takes the lead with many issues relevant for the specialised nutrition industry.
  • Council of the European Union: represents the Member States that are part of the EU and is the third institution that decides over the laws of the EU. The Member States’ government representatives are sitting in the different meetings of the Council.
  • European Food Safety Authority: is the independent EU risk assessment body for food and feed safety. It provides independent scientific advice to risk managers and therefore also gives scientific opinions on specialised nutrition produced by SNE members.

International organisations

Although SNE represents the interest of its members at European level, international organisations play a role in influencing decisions at European level, and SNE therefore follows the work of several international organisations quite closely.

  • World Health Organisation: is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations. It shapes the global agenda onhealth issues articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. SNE members support the work carried out by WHO.
  • Codex Alimentarius: representspart of the WHO and FAO food and veterinary standards activities. It develops harmonise international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in food trade. SNE Members regularly give expert input and advice to the working groups of Codex.

Other relevant stakeholders

Different interest groups are represented at International and European level:

European groups in alphabetical order:

  • Association of European Coeliac Societies: AOECS is the umbrella organisation of European national coeliac societies. It represents people who are affected by the coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and who require gluten-free foods.
  • BEUC: represents the interest of citizens in Europe, and work includes also public health and food issues.
  • European Dairy Association: EDA is the association of the European dairy industry.
  • European Federation of Associations of Dieticians: EFAD is the umbrella organisation of the national associations representing dieticians
  • European Food Information Council: EUFIC is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality.
  • European Nutrition for Health Alliance: ENHA is an independent organization that pursues a multi-stakeholder partnership in the EU healthcare arena.
  • FoodDrinkEurope: represents the general food and drink industry in Europe. Members can be national federations, sectors or companies. SNE is also an active member of FoodDrinkEurope.
  • Medical Nutrition International Industry: MNI represents companies that provide products and services to optimize patient outcome through specialized nutritional solutions. Many MNI members are also part of SNE.

International groups:

  • International Special Dietary Foods Industries: ISDI is the international expert association on special dietary foods. It brings together national and international associations that are active in this food sector from more than 20 countries over 6 continents.
  • International Life Science Institute: ILSI is a global non-profit organisation that provides science that improves public health and well-being, such as science on specialised nutrition.



About 5% of turnover is invested in research:

the food industry average is 0,53%

The annual turnover of the specialised nutrition industry across the European Union (including exports) is around €24bn


The specialised nutrition industry is a world leader:

each year, exports total around €8bn