Why become an AIJN member

Benefits of observer membership with AIJN

  • Receive latest info on regulatory developments in the EU likely to affect the fruit juice industry
  • Updates on the monitoring of a wide range of issues which might influence the future of the fruit juice sector such as CODEX and WHO policies
  • Get access to the AIJN Website where members can find all the circular info notes to membership as well as the meeting documents and minutes of the different committees and expert groups
  • Possibility to participate in AIJN seminars and business sessions
  • Possibility to seek advice on technical and legislative issues
  • Possibilities to network with senior management from major European fruit juice companies at Committee meetings and General Assemblies
  • Possibility to participate in the AIJN Technical Committee in which industry positions are developed and activity reports are given from the following AIJN groups:

The Regulatory Affairs Expert Group
The Sustainability Working Group
The Code of Practice Expert Group (COPEG)
The Horizon Scanning Group
The Communications Group

The Regulatory Affairs Expert Group

Examines fruit juice relevant National, EU and CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (legislative) proposals and it drafts position papers for use by the AIJN and its members when lobbying authorities and stakeholders. Current issues being addressed include the revision of the EU Fruit Juice Directive, the use of health and nutrition claims, general labeling provisions, the use of additives, fortification rules and general nutrition policies.

The Sustainability Working Group

Works on sustainability issues likely to affect the juice industry from the grove to the shelf. The main objectives include:

  • developing a methodology for measuring and calculation of carbon & water footprint
  • follow up of EU and national initiatives affecting the industry such as eco- label, eco-design and other environmental issues

Currently there are two pilot projects:

  • data gathering for measuring carbon footprint of Brazilian orange juice
  • data gathering for measuring carbon footprint of German apple juice

The final objective is to draft guidance and develop a uniform assessment method that members can use to calculate the carbon footprint of their products.

The Code of Practice Expert Group (COPEG)

The main responsibility of the Group is to maintain the existing AIJN reference standards for fruit juices (21) and to develop new ones (currently pomegranate & cranberry). The standards set quality and authenticity criteria for fruit juices. The AIJN Code of Practice is a relevant international standard used as a reference for self-regulation in the fruit juice industry. The Code is worldwide used by national food inspection authorities, raw material producers and bottlers.

The COPEG also prepares draft industry guidelines and standards on a number of issues. Recent guidelines/standards include Microbiological Guidelines for Fruit and Vegetable Semi-finished Products, a Position Paper on Pesticides Residues in Fruit Juices and the Alicyclobacillus Best Practice Guideline.

On the agenda for this year are the revision of the AIJN Hygiene Code and the drafting of a Guidance document with general principles for carrying out a HACCP analysis and detailed info on Juice Hazard Analyis with practical examples.

The Horizon Scanning Group

The main task of the newly created Horizon Scanning Committee and hence the horizon scanning process is to capture industry-relevant issues as soon as possible in their issue lifecycle.
Priority issues to be addressed include GMO fruit (fruit growing) and possible use of nanotechnology in the juice industry.

The Communications Group

Develops and implements strategies for promotion of fruit juices in order to maintain and increase consumer confidence in the good and healthy image of the sector’s products. A major task is to ensure that fruit juices keep their status as one portion in the 5-a-day nutritional recommendations.