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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.

Maximum sustainable yield frameworks need to be adaptive, Myfish concludes

Maximum sustainable yield is not the same for every country and adaptable frameworks are therefore key for fisheries to meet CFP goals, the four-year Myfish project concluded.

Best-before-dates are bad news, say German food companies

Product defects (73%), technical faults (54%) and expiry of the best-before-date (43%) are the major causes of food waste in the German food industry, according to a study.

Leftover coffee grounds: Unlocking 6m tonnes of unused antioxidant dietary fibre

The use of leftover coffee grounds as an antioxidant dietary fibre is a low-cost value-added opportunity for an otherwise waste product, say Spanish researchers.  

UK shoppers will spend more for fairer groceries: Survey

UK shoppers would pay more for groceries in the knowledge producers were getting a better deal, a new survey suggests. 

South America & Africa biggest growth risks for palm oil - but upping market initiatives could curb deforestation

Voluntary market initiatives from the largest buyers and sellers of palm oil could help curb deforestation linked to the crop, researchers say, noting South America and Africa are most at...

Study delivers blow to nutrigenomic hopes – but damage not fatal

Results of a huge EU-backed project have dashed hopes that phenotypic and genotypic information could boost the effectiveness of personalised nutrition programmes. But one of the researchers behind the project...

Africa and Asia set to become UK’s biggest suppliers in wake of Brexit

Africa and Asia could take the EU’s place as exporters of fruit and veg for the UK following Brexit, retailers say.

Palm oil plantations moving in on lowland forests can damage ecosystem functions

Replacing tropical lowland forests with oil palm plantations can damage 11 out of 14 functions of a healthy ecosystem, some of which will be irreparable, researchers say.

UPM Conveyors helps Tims Dairy ramp up yogurt production

UPM Conveyors has worked with UK company Tims Dairy to deliver the necessary expansion required to meet commercial demand.

IOI starts long journey to win back major customers

IOI took just four months to regain its certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but convincing major customers to take it back could take much longer, according...

Epi Ingredients looks to sustainability through ‘Passion du Lait’

French company Epi Ingredients has launched a corporate initiative it is calling ‘Passion du Lait,’ or Passion for Milk.

BREAKING NEWS

RSPO lifts IOI's suspension

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has lifted the suspension of Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI citing "good progress" made by the group.

EU's appetite for foreign land to produce its food is unjust & unsustainable: FOE report

The EU requires almost 270 million hectares of agricultural land to produce its food and almost 40% of this land lies outside Europe. It is unjust, irresponsible and unsustainable, according...

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...

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