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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.

Demand for organic meat on the rise, says Soil Association

UK sales of organic red meat are on a high, boosted by a belief that it is healthier than conventionally produced meat, according to the Soil Association.

Wild or farmed fish: will changing consumer attitudes be good news for aquaculture?

The question ‘farmed fish or wild fish?’ has leaned heavily towards the most natural option, but new studies suggest changing consumer sentiment could be good news for aquaculture.

spotlight on Ireland

Ireland – aiming to become a world leader in sustainability with Origin Green

In spite of low farmgate prices for milk, the Irish dairy industry – with its 18,000 dairy farmers – is seen as a world leader, thanks in part to its Origin Green program.

Food brands not quite in tune with consumers’ demands around trust and ethics

KPMG and the Consumer Goods Forum recently polled 400 consumer goods retail and manufacturing executives from 27 countries. They’ve pulled the data for the 34% of respondents that were from...

Eating whole insects preferred to bug-snack mixes: Study

Selling whole edible insects alone is preferable to mixing bugs with regular snack foods in a Western market, new research finds.

Groups rally to defend UK dietary guide after attacks by 'interested industry'

Over twenty health, consumer and professional organisations have joined together in support of the UK’s Eatwell guide following attacks by “maverick commentators and interested industry with an axe to grind”....

Feature: Alternative meat futures

The meat companies making vegetarian food: Mainstreaming sustainable eating or dangerous double standards?

Increasing numbers of German meat producers are launching vegetarian products with the support of VEBU, the country's Vegetarian Society - but as Topas, Europe's 'vegan pioneer', quits VEBU in anger...

Seafood shoppers place sustainability above price or brand

When shopping for seafood, consumers are prepared to put sustainability before price and brand, according to a 16,000-strong survey commissioned by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Fighting food insecurity: Collective narrative needed to drive change, says Food Foundation

A new approach for food and nutrition security in the UK is needed in order to deliver access to healthy, affordable and sustainable diets for all, according to the Food...

Products in 'eco-look' packaging seen as better quality

Shoppers believe foods are better quality when the packaging looks eco-friendly, and could be willing to spend more as a result, researchers say.

Brexit impact

FDF launches six-step manifesto to ease Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a six-step manifesto to help Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector cope with Brexit – the “UK’s most significant peacetime challenge ever”, according to its director...

IPOP disbands: A step backwards for sustainable palm oil in Indonesia?

After less than two years in existence, the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge has disbanded to the dismay of environmentalists who say its member companies were bullied by the Indonesian government...

NGOs call for soy, palm oil and beef deforestation laws

NGOs have urged the EU to expand regulations that curb deforestation beyond timber to encompass commodities like soy, palm oil and beef. 

UK dairy recovering after ‘dreadful’ two years: minister

The UK dairy industry may be turning a corner after a “dreadful” couple of years – but Brexit has created nervousness about the future of the market – the food...

Industry guidelines on surplus food donations aim to fight food waste

Manufacturers and retailers have teamed up with the European Federation of Food Banks to produce a framework for donating surplus food and cutting down on food waste.

Sustainability: A long-term investment and driver of innovation?

The food industry has taken notable steps to address the issue of sustainable sourcing, compelled by a corporate and social responsibility that ensures products that are produced in a safe,...

In-house sustainability and third party certification: Do they complement or cannibalise each other?

From Fairtrade to UTZ, Rainforest Alliance to RSPO, the number of third party certification schemes is on the rise. But alongside this proliferation of consumer–facing logos is the growing numbers...

Giant commodity carbon footprints show more action is needed

Rice, soy, corn, wheat and palm oil are the “new frontier” of climate action, said Oxfam this week, as it published new data detailing the “massive” environmental impact of the world’s major commodities....

Eastern promise: Is Central and Eastern Europe the solution to EU’s unsustainable soy imports?

Europe’s problematic reliance on “unsustainable” soy imports could be solved using Central and Eastern European farming land, the European Commission heard last week.

Food workers union backs Jeremy Corbyn

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has voiced strong support for embattled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, after a wave of resignations from his shadow cabinet, including food and...

French MPs drop palm oil tax - but accuse producer countries of blackmail

French politicians have dropped the proposed palm oil tax, leading some politicians to say the country is being blackmailed by producer countries. "We are legislating with a knife at our throats," said one....

EFSA: “Too early” to say whether microplastics pose food safety risk

Microplastics are “unlikely” to pose a health risk to humans said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this week but far more research is needed before a full risk assessment...

Project set to bring nutrient-dense baobab to mass market

Baobab is set to become a significant and sustainable food source for Africa as international project Baofood harnesses its economic value to benefit the local population.

Nestlé goes green, clean and lean with environment and health targets

Half of Nestlé UK & Ireland’s electricity will soon come from a new wind farm located in the Scottish borders.

EU sugar sector must retain strategic importance after reform: report

The liberalisation of the EU sugar market next year must be accompanied by market measures to maintain sugar beet production and allow the sector to retain its strategic importance, according...

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