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Sustainable sourcing

Sustainability is no longer an optional add-on for food manufacturers and their suppliers. Climate change and shrinking resources mean a responsible approach is called for – and shareholders and customers want to know what is being done to safeguard food supplies and the interests of future generations.

Edible insects: Create consumer demand – even where there is none

Successful development of insect-containing foods will not be led by consumer demand – it will create it, according to an industry expert.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

CSPO may remain a niche unless it penetrates China and India, says expert

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil could remain a niche product unless it gains importance in India and China, according to former RSPO director Jan Kees Vis.

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO

Demand for fish and seafood is growing – but better ocean management is needed to ensure global food security, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Recipe for success? Top companies link sustainability to business performance

Unilever, Nestlé and Diageo are the most sustainable companies in the food and beverage industry – but more needs to be done to link sustainability efforts with business performance, according...

Insight

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there...

News in brief

French firm produces world’s first MSC-certified baby food

French firm Yooji has become the first baby food company to carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) seal, the certification body has said.

Southeast Asia

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

Morocco’s argan oil story: Feminism, food and encroaching deserts

The Moroccan government and export markets are finally sitting up and paying attention to the country's argan oil production, according to the founder of a network of all-female co-operatives....

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. ...

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Turning emotions in to actions: Why do consumers spend more on ethical products?

Ethical consumption, and consumer willingness to pay more for ethical products, is motivated by a need to turn emotions about unethical practices into action, say researchers.

Wasted potential? FAO review highlights food and feed uses for fish and shellfish by-products

The huge amounts of waste produced from fish and shellfish processing have potential for use in food production and as animal feed, say researchers.

Oxfam calls for greater controls on huge agri public–private partnerships

The increasing trend towards government investment partnerships with large multinationals threatens land rights, equality and the environment in Africa, an Oxfam report warns.

Arla Foods launches sustainable dairy farming plan

Arla Foods has launched Growing Together, a three-year sustainable dairy farming initiative, involving its 3,000 British farmers. 

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte D’Ivoire and has allowed a US...

‘Expect the unexpected’ when inspecting food, FERA tells industry following Elliott Review

The food industry needs to take a holistic approach when examining supply chains and not just target specific contaminant risks, the UK government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) has...

European meat market stable despite Russian embargo, Brussels expert says

The European meat market is not in crisis following the embargo imposed by Russia on meat from the European Union (EU), a European Commission expert has told GlobalMeatNews.

Fairtrade certified goods on the up in producer countries

Consumers in producer countries are increasingly interested in Fairtrade certified products as a means of supporting their domestic economy, according to Fairtrade International’s annual report.

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‘Then there were two’: Cargill takes risk by entering industrial chocolate ‘duopoly’

Cargill joins Barry Callebaut as the joint industrial chocolate powerhouse after its acquisition of ADM’s chocolate operations, but the move is risky in the volatile cocoa economy, says an analyst....

Commission ups CAP budget by €30m to alleviate Russian ban on EU agri products

The European Commission says it will increase its €60m Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget by a further €30m to ease market difficulties expected as a result of Russian measures against some European...

News in brief

Vietnam opens market to Irish pigmeat imports

Veterinary authorities in Vietnam have given the green light to the importation of fresh and frozen pork meat from Ireland.

FAO warning: Ebola outbreak threatens cereal production in West Africa

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has threatened upcoming cereal harvests across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as it issues a ‘grave food...

Unilever-Solidaridad supply chain partnership grows from sugar to gherkins

A Unilever agreement with Solidaridad is set to extend supply chain sustainability beyond the usual suspects of tea and cocoa to vegetables like gherkins.

Will Russian embargo impact whey and lactose prices?

While the impact of the Russian embargo on whey and lactose exports is “limited”, the price of these ingredients will likely be affected, says 3A Business Consulting. 

Meat industry in Lithuania suffers heavy losses over ASF and Russian sanctions

Meat producers in Lithuania have reported heavy losses due to the continuing spread of African swine fever (ASF) and the sanctions on meat supplies to Russia.