Funding and governance

EUFIC is a non-profit organisation, with funding coming from the European Commission, food and drinks companies, academia, NGO’s, foundations, umbrella organisations, and from sales of publications. In 2018 about 60% of our funding comes from public sources, and 40% from membership.

EUFIC’s mission is to provide impartial, science-based information on food and health, in an accessible, appealing and actionable way, aiming to inspire and empower people to make healthier choices.

EUFIC works according to the following operating principles that all EUFIC funders subscribe to:

  • EUFIC is rooted in science, and stands behind its core values: transparency, honesty, and scientific integrity.
  • EUFIC addresses a balanced mix of food and health related subjects that are relevant for society.
  • EUFIC's communications are based on peer reviewed science that reflect the views of the scientific community at large. 
  • The Scientific Advisory Groups, comprised of independent leading scientists, provide direction and oversee accuracy, relevance, and independence of EUFIC’s work.
  • EUFIC works in partnership with credible and recognised organisations and experts, welcome to bring their own views to the table.
  • EUFIC does not lobby for specific interests, nor promote individual companies' views, brands or products.
  • EUFIC funders do not determine the output of EUFIC’s publications or activities. Every funder supporting EUFIC, or its specific activities, abides by a Code of Conduct.

Governance

EUFIC is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected from funding companies. Current EUFIC members are: Bunge, Cargill, Cereal Partners, Coca-Cola, Dow Seeds, DSM, Ferrero, General Mills, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pinar, Tereos, Ülker, Unilever.

Become a member

Membership is open to organisations and companies from throughout the food chain from food producers, ingredients suppliers, food manufacturers, food retail, food service and sports industries.

In December 2017, by introducing an Associate Membership category, EUFIC officially opened its door to academia, research institutes, NGOs and other European organisations and SME’s in the field of food and health. This has set a scene for a more versatile dialogue and different angles being brought into the discussion.

So far, EuroFIR aisbl, The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), WWF EU Policy Office, NUTRIS - Nutrition Institute Ljubljana, Food2Know - Excellence Center for Animal Nutrition, Nutrition & Health, MAPP Centre – Research on value creation in the food sector - Aarhus University, LEiTaT - Technological Center, FINS - Institute of Food Technology and University of Leeds have joined, while applications of several other organisations are in progress.

For more information about membership or associate membership contact Aleksandar Sokolović, our Business Development Senior Manager (aleksandar.sokolovic@eufic.org).