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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.

Switzerland is on 'nose-to-tail' mission to make meat-eating more sustainable - and profitable

Pork hock, beef brisket and chicken legs used to be valued cuts of meat in Europe but now often end up as pet food. Swiss meat group Proviande has launched...

'This product is not against cheese'

Plant-based pioneers say lactofermented soy will enrich traditional cheese sector

"Soy is good, but lactofermented soy is better," says French firm Sojami which predicts its patented process for creating plant-based cheese will lead to a vegan cheese industry as rich and...

Embrace organic, say experts, who predict 9.2% growth

Sales of organic food will grow almost three times faster than non-organic, according to forecasts by Rabobank.

UK government launches food and drink export plan to boost economy by €3.5bn

A governmental strategy to encourage companies to export UK food and drink products worldwide could give the British economy a much-needed boost of almost €3.5bn.

Your trash is our treasure: InSymbio's digital marketplace for by-products

Coffee grounds used to grow mushrooms, orange peel transformed into clothes and hemp for 3D printing are just some of the food waste by-products traded on InSymbio’s digital marketplace for...

The antibiotic-free dilemma: How to tap into the trend without implying conventional meat is bad?

Consumer interest in antibiotic-free meat is rising and British pork processor Karro is upping investment. But how can you promote a premium antibiotic-free range without giving the message that the...

FPC urges UK Government to revise fruit & veg trading terms, post-Brexit

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has warned of an ‘unsustainable trading environment’ post-Brexit in which escalating supply chain expenses would ultimately mean higher food costs. 

Application deadline: 25 November 2016

AcceleRise promises accelerated 'Uberised' route-to-market for start-ups

Are you a food tech start-up looking to speed up your time to market, or an established industry player that could mentor a young company? AcceleRise business accelerator is calling on...

New UK targets include 55% carbon cut and zero waste

UK food manufacturers have committed to cut carbon emissions by 55% by 2025 and to send zero waste to landfill by the end of this year.

Smart food cities: 50 mayors meet in Rome to phase metro food maze

A UK project to tackle childhood obesity and Riga’s green treatment of food waste are two of the first initiatives to come out of a pledge to collaborate on food...

Olam offers big money for top food security innovation

Olam International is offering €45,000 in funding to the winner of its contest that celebrates innovation in food security.

130 cities unite to tackle urban food challenges

A UK project to tackle childhood obesity and Riga’s green treatment of food waste are two of the first initiatives to come out of a pledge to collaborate on food...

FoodDrinkEurope promotes healthy eating with new website

Industry trade group FoodDrinkEurope has launched a new website to highlight industry efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. 

Consumers hooked on sustainable fish as global sales pass €4bn mark

A total of $4.6bn (€4.2bn) was spent on 659,399 tonnes of sustainable seafood last year, according the latest data published by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Tate & Lyle to expand Singapore lab amid speciality ingredients focus

Tate & Lyle is to more than double the size of its Singapore laboratory, will new facilities including a pilot plant and wider analytical capabilities.

France ploughs billions into 'intelligent' proteins - seeks global leadership by 2030

France aims to become a leading world supplier of protein by 2030 with an agreement signed yesterday between government and industry pledging to boost investment into 'intelligent food' from both...

Do you eat meat? What about animals? Scientists slice open a carnivore's paradox

The way meat is prepared, advertised and labelled has led to a disconnect between animals and meat and fuelled consumption, according to new research.

Food industry urged not to lose sight of sustainability issue, post-Brexit

The UK's exit from the European Union is an opportunity to reshape its food and farming policies to ensure long-term sustainability of jobs, health and the environment.

What farmers want: Stability and investment for long-term future

Farming methods in Poland have improved considerably over the last ten years, helped by the country's membership of the EU. Now, what the farmers want most are long term contracts...

Niche beef could charge more for 'greener grazing' labelling

Niche beef products could fetch higher prices by carrying a proposed label which shows the cattle was raised with environmentally-friendly grazing methods, researchers say.

Interview with NGO ShareAction

‘Diversification into non-dairy does not need to be a threat’

A 40-strong group of investors worth $1.25 trillion recently sent a letter to 16 food companies to accelerate the switch to sustainable, plant-based proteins.

Alpro: 'we made a mistake and we’re really sorry'

Twitter storm blows up Alpro's dairy problem

Belgian manufacturer of plant-based dairy alternatives Alpro has been caught in a Twitter storm after it tweeted that a healthy diet consists of one third animal-based products. Disgruntled vegan followers referenced the company’s...

News in brief

Poland joins Fairtrade movement

Poland has become the latest country to join the Fairtrade movement.

Good palm oil is possible. This is what it looks like, says Palm Done Right CEO

At a time when the conversation around palm oil centres on deforestation, fires and habitat loss – and global demand shows no signs of abating – several companies have come together...

Tetra Pak: Top 10 markets for 100% juice, 2015 & 2018

The top 10 markets for 100% juice have declined over the last three years, with the exception of China, which has seen CAGR of 11% between 2012 and 2015, according to Tetra Pak.

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