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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.

RSPO issues first ever RSPO Next palm oil certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued its first RSPO Next certification, a stricter voluntary add-on, to Colombian-based agribusiness Daabon Group.

Could banning cargo offloading put an end to seafood malpractice?

A worldwide ban on transshipment of cargo on high seas maybe the only answer to endemic environmental and human rights abuses in the seafood supply chain, despite an inevitable rise...

Orkla cuts palm oil from 98% of its Nordic sweets and snack brands

Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Sweden has removed palm oil from 98% of its products, meaning 1,500 fewer tons of saturated fat in consumers' food. But what were the technical challenges and...

Algae and insects: Are they still the next big ingredients in cooking oils?

The majority of UK adults (85%) use edible oils, according to Mintel, but what are these consumers preferring to buy? FoodNavigator looked into the world of speciality, artisanal and innovative...

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Water-based inks projected to fuel future growth of snacks industry

Water-based technology could lead to an increase in environmental sustainability, according to Toyo Ink.

EU launches new sustainable fisheries project to fight climate change threats

The EU has launched the ClimeFish project, which will evaluate data streams to encourage European fisheries to adapt to the changing risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Wilmar announces partnership to end labour violations in palm oil supply chain

The world’s number one palm oil supplier Wilmar International has announced a new initiative to combat "systemic labour issues" occurring in its supply chain.

Italy proposes €18,000 fine for firms failing to indicate Italian origin

New legislation could require manufacturers to give detailed origin labelling for all pre-packaged food on Italian shelves or face heavy fines – but does the move undermine EU law and...

Mediterranean overfishing risks reaching ‘a point of no return,’ report warns

Mediterranean Sea fish stocks are rapidly deteriorating with one third of commercial and non-commercial fish over-exploited and some on the verge of depletion, according to a report.

Pulses are popular but don't stop investing in consumer awareness, say researchers

The Year of the Pulse may be over but pulses are still a trending ingredient, although industry needs to invest in greater consumer awareness if it is to benefit from the...

Food tech: the future is now, say investors

Food prices are rising, corporates are failing to innovate and diets are shifting – it’s the perfect recipe for a food tech start-up.

Lab burgers, lentils and locusts: is it boom-time for the meat-free protein market?

What’s next for the €250k lab burger? Can bugs and canola really replace beef and chicken? And why might novel proteins come up short when it comes to shifting consumer...

Palm oil and cocoa commitments undermined by poor regulation

Food manufacturers are struggling to tackle deforestation because of failures by governments both at home and overseas, according to candid interviews with a number of high-profile firms.

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Ingredia and La Prosperité Fermière partner with WWF France on sustainability

French company Ingredia and its parent group, the cooperative Prosperité Fermière, have signed a strategic partnership with WWF France to reduce the impacts and negative environmental factors of dairy production....

European Parliament votes in favour of strict new palm oil measures

Today the European Parliament voted to implement tough new palm oil resolutions, which if enforced would see its elimination from use in biofuels and enforce stricter regulations on production and...

UN slams Thailand for 'government corruption' behind slavery in fisheries

Thailand’s fisheries have been caught out yet again after the UN released an unusually critical report of the Kingdom’s failure to stamp out slavery and human rights abuses in its...

Conflict a key driver behind soaring food insecurity worldwide

Over 100 million people worldwide are severely food insecure in 2016 - a jump from the 80 m recorded in 2015, despite the progress made in reducing food security, according...

DSM opens new Dutch biotechnology centre

Global food and nutritional ingredients supplier DSM continues its €100 million investment in R&D with the opening of a new biotechnology facility near its Delft HQ for food.

A quarter of families struggle to afford food in the UK: Gov survey

Almost one in four low-income families have difficulty eating regularly or healthily, finds a UK government survey that lays bare the extent of issues of affordability and food insecurity.

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Nestlé "very concerned" over deforestation links to Wilmar palm oil

Nestlé says it is "very concerned" by allegations that its palm oil supplier Wilmar International has again been implicated in sourcing palm oil from the protected Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia, according...

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Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

This week saw the International Food Exhibition (IFE) come to London. The mega-show brought out the latest offerings from small traders, multinationals, and food service. From the latest meat-free offerings,...

Cocoa price for Ivorian farmers may drop 30% amid widespread poverty

Ivorian regulator Conseil Café Cacao (CCC) says it may lower guaranteed farm gate prices for cocoa in the primary growing nation. 

France's food waste ban: One year on

Has the French system of penalties for supermarkets wasting surplus food really worked? 

Scotland's sustainable circle: CuanTec trials seafood packaging made from seafood waste

Eco-friendly plastic for seafood made from...seafood. Scottish start-up CuanTec's chitosan-based plastic made from langoustine shells uses inedible seafood parts, replaces petro-chemical plastic and even cuts out the need for preservatives. ...

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