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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.

Trailblazers: Sustainable hummus, barista-style superfood tea & healthy noodles win innovation award

Hummus made from surplus vegetables, barista-style rooibos tea with superfoods and gluten-free noodles with a difference have won the Trailblazers contest hosted William Reed Business Media’s Food Vision event.

What connects crickets, coffee & mushrooms in a sustainable urban food loop? This Danish start-up's protein juice

Another month, another insect start-up? Maybe, but Danish firm Insekt KBH's apple, ginger and cricket juice is different: it's sustainable not only thanks to its ingredients but because it's produced...

Will acacia gum finally get the clean-label recognition it wants?

Acacia gum is 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, gluten-free and applicable in almost every area of the food industry. Why does it have a chequered past, and how can it obtain...

Organic and free-from in rude health as shoppers study labels

Sales of free-from and organic foods have rocketed in Europe as more and more shoppers spend time looking at labels in order to identify “guilt free” purchases, according to new data from...

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Good time to push sustainability schemes

Can voluntary certification schemes really play a “crucial role” in the food sector's progress towards 2030 Sustainable Development Goals? Maybe, but they have to keep up with the pioneers, says David...

Voluntary certification schemes essential to meet SDG targets, say WWF & ISEAL

Voluntary sustainability standards covering everything from palm oil to fish and tea to sugar will play a significant role in helping food businesses meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according...

UK misses 100% sustainable palm oil target

The UK failed to achieve a commitment to source 100% sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015, according to new data published by the government.

‘Potentially full scale-up’: Cargill pilots cocoa child labor monitoring system

Cargill has begun trialing the International Cocoa Initiative’s (ICI) child labor monitoring and remediation system in cocoa growing communities in Côte D’Ivoire.

FOOD VISION 2017 PREVIEW - MARCH 1-3, LONDON

Recipe for success: Why bugs & social innovation are on the menu

What kind of food will be on our plates tomorrow? Worms and crickets? And what will it take for the industry to pick up on this trend and make headway...

Instagram could be fuelling food waste epidemic, study says

Millennials’ 'live to eat' mentality could be one of the reasons why household food waste is higher than ever, according to a survey commissioned by UK supermarket Sainsbury’s, yet the report...

EU seafood survey: 28,000 polled. Italians most adventurous

Most Hungarians never buy fish, adventurous Italians are most willing to try new species, Greeks wants more on-pack origin information and one third of Europeans have no preference for wild...

Quinoa gene tinkering key to meeting worldwide food demand

Quinoa has the potential to provide a highly nutritious food source to the world’s growing population and a new genetic map can help researchers to breed in useful traits.

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The secret to making insects a snack staple? 'Make a shareable, social product,' says Jimini's

Alternative proteins are in high demand, but can consumers stomach the thought of eating insects whole? French start-up Jimini’s is on a mission to put crickets, worms and grasshoppers on...

A ‘sustainable food pact’ between industry and government is the only way to save UK farms: Green Alliance

Efforts to drive food prices down and increase production have resulted in major degradation of UK farmlands, and Brexit may be a golden opportunity to restore health to British agriculture...

Industry reacts to RSPO's Impact Report

FoodNavigator approached industry and campaigners for their reflections on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)'s 2016 Impact Report. What are the challenges and opportunities in the next 12 months?

Good year, bad year: 2016 was challenging for RSPO; Will it fare better in 2017?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) faced a number of well-publicised challenges last year. Consumers remain confident in the scheme, it appears, but can the same be said for...

Wageningen University launches task force to fight food waste

A new organisation aimed at reducing food waste has kicked off in the Netherlands, but how will it succeed where a plethora of other initiatives have failed?

From algae ice cream to veggie sandwich slices: Ecotrophelia gives industry NPD inspiration

Lacking inspiration for new product development (NPD)? Look no further than Ecotrophelia, where Europe’s brightest young minds pitch ideas for innovative and sustainable foods, and have commercialised over 40 products in Europe so...

European Commission launches public consultation on Common Agricultural Policy

The EU commissioner for agriculture has called for all stakeholders in the European food and agriculture industry, and the public, to collaborate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy...

Supermarket denies farmers' accusations of 'anti-meat agenda' over sustainable food research

UK supermarket Sainsbury's will take part in a multi-million euro research project to promote sustainable foods such as vegetarian food, triggering accusations of "an anti-meat agenda" from British farmers. ...

Retailers call for 'smart legislation' on food waste

European retailers have welcomed a draft EU report on food waste, reiterating its calls for for "smart legislation" that incentivises action to prevent food waste in the supply chain....

Lack of UK policy on food security could be costly, warns charity

The UK government has been accused by an NGO of “playing Russian Roulette” with climate change as it downplayed the risks that global warming could have on food security....

Belorussian confectioner turns wasted 'sweet water' into valuable fruit fillings

Belorussian confectioner Kommunarka is reusing its ‘sweet water’ - water used to rinse production lines which contains traces of sugar and sweeteners - to make fruit fillings for its chocolates,...

Laser loving: Dutch and Swedes team up for plastic-free laser label trial

Laser labels or 'natural branding' are increasing in popularity as Dutch fruit and vegetable supplier Nature & More teams up with a Swedish supermarket in saying no to plastic labels on...

NGOs publish best practice guide on transparency in palm oil supply chain

Environmental and scientific organisations, including Ceres and Oxfam, have published a best practice guidance on how to improve transparency in the palm oil supply chain.

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