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A healthy future for Europe's food and drink sector?

Colin Blackman (Editor of foresight, an independent consultant and associate of PREST, University of Manchester. He may be contacted at 13 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge CB4 8SA, UK (E‐mail:


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 December 2005




The purpose of this paper it to explore the future of Europe's food and drink manufacturing sector


Using mainly secondary sources, the paper identifies trends and drivers of change, explores possible alternative futures through scenarios, and considers policy implications.


Europe's food sector is undergoing dramatic change and future policies will be increasingly geared towards preventing non‐communicable diseases resulting from poor diet while ensuring the safety of food and feed. This will require a radical shift away from the productionist paradigm of the past, with emphasis in the future being placed on the impact of food on health and the environment.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is based mainly on existing sources.


Provides a broad overview of the wide range of issues facing the food and drink manufacturing sector.



Blackman, C. (2005), "A healthy future for Europe's food and drink sector?", Foresight, Vol. 7 No. 6, pp. 8-23.



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