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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.

Unilever slaps palm oil supplier SMS with suspension following damning deforestation report

Unilever has suspended buying palm oil from Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), after concluding the supplier had been in breach of its no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation policies.

Does the future of sustainable eating lie in plant-meat blends?

Could be the future of sustainable eating be plant and meat protein blends? We put the question to three experts at this year's IFT.  "There’s an untapped market there," says one...

EU agricultural outlook sees cereals dip but quota-free sugar surge

Cereal production in the EU is likely to dip in the short-term, as heatwaves and drought in various regions have a bearing on EU exports and on existing stocks, the...

Politicians need to push plant-based diets, say Swedish researchers

Governments are trivialising climate change by encouraging people to re-use their shopping bags rather than encourage high impact lifestyle changes like eating less meat. 

Brands go for ethical certification to protect reputation, not maximise profits

Food manufacturers sign up to traceability schemes like Fairtrade and Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) to improve their supply chains and traceability rather than bump up the price of their...

Unknown faces: Who are the farmers behind your cocoa and palm?

Confectionery companies should collectively push suppliers to make traceability the norm rather than a premium service, as it is the only way to guarantee sustainable cocoa and palm oil, says...

Food growth must think sustainable to protect biodiversity, report states

Farming practices used to grow agricultural products such as bananas, sugar, palm oil and soybeans must adopt a more sustainable approach in order to halt the loss of biodiversity, a...

EC action plan to address antimicrobial resistance in food supply chain

The European Commission is to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the food supply chain with the adoption of a new action plan. 

Big names join forces to drive sustainable coconut oil production in South East Asia

A quartet of key industry players have come together to drive the production of sustainable coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Food prices could surge as climate change and conflicts hit commodity chokepoints

The price of key commodities like soy and wheat could surge unless the vulnerabilities at the world’s most important trade “chokepoints” are assessed and the risks mitigated.

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Caobisco encourages deadlines for 100% certified cocoa and palm oil

EU confectionery trade body Caobisco is encouraging its members to set a date by which they will source all cocoa and palm oil from a certified sustainable source.

Supply chain performance not profitability at heart of food firms’ voluntary sign-up

Motivations for voluntarily implementing food traceability schemes stem not from the need to maximise profits but enhance information, safety and quality management within the supply chain.

Foreign Trade Association announces name change for 2018

To coincide with its new strategy for the future, the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) announces it will change its corporate name to Amfori in January 2018.

Industry giants unite to eradicate forced labour in global supply chains

Brands such as The Cola-Cola Company, Unilever and Tesco have shared their stories on how they eradicated forced labour in their global supply chains in a recently published report.

US withdrawal a ‘benefit in disguise’ as sustainability efforts remain defiant

The US’ recent withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement has inevitable repercussions worldwide for meeting agreed environmental targets, addressing climate change and curbing emission levels.

'We will react and respond to any discriminatory measures against Malaysian palm oil,' warns minister

With a recent European resolution calling for tariffs and trade barriers against any palm oil linked to deforestation, Malaysia's minister for plantations and commodities warns: "We will react and respond accordingly...

Demand for annatto colouring provides work for women in Latin America

Local women farmers in Latin America are being offered a secure income due to the increased demand for natural annatto colouring.

New €7 m project aims to ensure all European aquaculture businesses are sustainable and competitive

A new research project, funded by the European Commission, is hoping to create a more innovative, sustainable and competitive space for aquaculture businesses.

Project TRUE gets bean counting to boost EU pulse cultivation

A €500,000 project aims to expand the cultivation of pulses in Europe to use less fertilisers, promote sustainability and rely less on imports, whilst promoting the health benefits of the...

Palm oil sector moves to save orangutans and put child rights into RSPO standards

Three major new initiatives have been launched to tackle human rights, wildlife conservation and concessions’ data across the palm oil supply chain.

European Commission's “early warning” system predicts food production issues

The European Commission has launched an “early warning system” which aims to detect agricultural production hotspot countries so it can mitigate the impact of drought and other disasters on food...

Rice production database better equipped to tackle food security issues

A publicly available database that provides added insights into rice cultivation could address security issues arising from its production, shaping policy in the process.

Eight companies chosen for PepsiCo Nutrition Greenhouse

PepsiCo announced today the eight European nutrition start-ups it has chosen for the first Nutrition Greenhouse programme, offering one winning company €100,000.

Cargill and Olam backing in FReSH momentum to address food challenges

The ‘Food Reform for Sustainability and Health’ program is to welcome 10 new members to its ranks as industry support gathers momentum in achieving sustainable change in global food systems.

Big Food endures the slow harvest of supply chain initiatives

“Big Food” sustainability claims may fall short of expectations, a Dartmouth researcher claims, as food firm’s supply of corn, wheat and soy come from commodity traders and not from farmers. ...

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