Copenhagen FlavourDays

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC) and the Danish Flavour Organization (DFO) hosted the EFFA Core and Flex meetings on the 4th and 5th of October in Copenhagen-. Additionally, under the title “Copenhagen Flavourdays” they introduced the European flavour experts to the flavours of the Nordic cuisine.

Nordic flavours

After a constructive regulatory meeting of the EFFA Core Group meeting, the FlavourDay programme included a journey through the Nordic cuisine, including a speech from Niels Hald, CEO of the Danish Brewery Association, coupled to a visit to the Carlsberg factory to provide the history and insights into the flavour universe of the Danish beer and soft drink market and its latest trends such as local and historic foundation and craftmanship and manual work. We continued with a visit to the popular Copenhagen Market and a famous Nordic Cuisine restaurant to explore and be inspired by these trends. Nordic cuisine takes advantage of the many possibilities that are inherent in traditional Scandinavian recipes for fish and meat as well as the raw materials traditionally grown in the Northern countries.

A flavour of European regulatory issues

On the 5th of October it was the moment for the FLEX Meeting, where flavour experts from all over Europe representing both flavour companies and national associations met to discuss regulatory issues such as the Food Improvements Package and the update of the EFFA Guidance Document, issues of EU-wide impact such as the Union List and exchange on national issues from all the countries present, including Turkey.

The day started with an inspiring speech of Karen Hækkerup, CEO of the Danish Food & Agriculture Council, at the Copenhagen FlavourDays welcoming the representatives of the European flavour industry and speaking about the importance of communicating about flavours and the flavor industry: There is still a communication work to be done towards the general public on flavourings. It is important to demystify our products and tell about their role and benfits”.

The audience also had the opportunity to listen to a lecture from Arvid Fromberg, Senior Advisor at the Technical University of Denmark in “Authenticity using analytical chemical methods’ which included a tasting session with different types of kefir water and few special beers.   

The meeting was closed by the EFFA Executive Director, Alexander Mohr, who thanked the Danish Flavour Organization for hosting the meeting: “Thank you to our partners in Denmark for having us and creating such a unique experience. Food is very important in our industry, and being able to explore the Nordic flavours with you as part of our FlavourDays initiative has been very enriching. I want to thank also Jan Demyttenaere, our Director on Regulatory and Scientific affairs for chairing this constructive meeting and to all our members for the time they dedicate to these meetings, these exchanges really empowers our association and industry”.