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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBeverage packaging deposit system’s introduction in Latvia should be supported financially by either the state or European Union funds, says chairperson of Latvian Federation of Food Companies Ināra Šure.

Commenting on this year’s developments with food production in Latvia, Šure says businessmen together with Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry are working hard on beverage packaging deposit system’s adoption in Latvia. To adopt the system successfully, businessmen say support from the EU is needed. «We have asked the ministry to support the idea for adoption of the deposit system in Saeima committees with support either from EU funds or the state,» said Šure, adding that even though food producers and retailers would be directly responsible for the deposit system, the social function is just as important.

She stresses that a beverage packaging deposit system is vital for Latvia, especially considering EU’s goal to collect up to 90% of beverage packaging materials. As an NGO, LFFC could help adopt an efficient deposit system based on better practices from neighbouring countries. «Basically, we – food producers – definitely support adoption of a deposit system and we are socially responsible. Nevertheless, we do want to make it more efficient than what is employed in Lithuania and Estonia,» says Šure.

She also says the industry continues discussing the reduction of VAT for products like milk, eggs and fish. LFFC also offers reducing tax for bread. According to her, Latvian Agriculture Ministry has already spoken to Latvian Agriculture University on the need to assess possible fiscal influence on the state budget if VAT for those products in reduced.

Šure reminds that it is planned to continue the project that provides for using Food Industry Competence Centre’s assistance with receiving support for development of new products and technologies in the food industry and attracting support from EU structure funds. The end of December 2018 marked the end for the first stage of this project: nearly 200 new projects and 23 new technologies were created. The project also provided support for 30 businesses.

According to Šure, LFFC plans to continue actively developing the Green Spoon and Bourdieu Spoon logos. «We’ve received positive feedback about the National Food Quality Plan. Last year we also informed people about it in more detail to prove these products have high quality standards,» said Šure. In parallel to state and municipal procurements it is planned to promote Green Spoon and Bordeaux Spoon brand products in the HoRecCa segment and catering companies.


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