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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.

UK food industry faces labour shortfall as Brexit fallout gathers pace

UK food manufacturers faces a shortage in labour skills and manpower fuelled by Brexit and low numbers of young people choosing the sector as a career, say food policy experts.

Meat-analogue switch could meet greenhouse gas targets, study suggests

Substituting beef for green beans has more of an effect in reducing greenhouse gases than placing restrictions on vehicle use or manufacturing processes, a study has found.

Confectionery industry can go beyond RSPO palm standards, says Palm Done Right

Confectionery firms can go further than RSPO standards by sourcing organic palm oil that meets the standards of Palm Done Right, claims the developer.

Firmenich weathers the vanilla supply storm with diversified sourcing

By diversifying its vanilla sourcing to Uganda, Indonesia and India as well as developing alternative natural flavours, flavour giant Firmenich says it is weathering the impact of Madagascan cyclone Enawo.

Barilla identifies Med diet and sustainability as the ‘new culture’ of food

A ‘new culture,’ in which food sustainability and the Mediterranean lifestyle form the pillars to this change, is required to safeguard the health of populations and land resources.

Do consumers really care about the ethical considerations of fishing?

Ethical and social considerations are not as important to consumers as nutrition and freshness when buying fish, according to a new survey conducted by TÜV SÜD.

Olam Cocoa to source 100% sustainable beans by 2020

Olam Cocoa has announced it will increase its volume of sustainably sourced cocoa beans by 20% over the next year, and ultimately reach 100% by 2020.

Rabobank launches investment initiative to promote innovation

In an effort to promote innovation, Rabobank announces launch of the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund (RFAIF), allowing companies to receive up to €3 million.

Co-op UK to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa under hybrid model for retailers

Co-op UK has invested in a women's leadership program in Côte d’Ivoire as part a move to source all cocoa for own label products as Fairtrade.

Food production can weather the storm, say sustainability project leaders

As climate change poses an increasing threat to food security, a project that combines innovation with food growing technologies believes sustainability is possible in this changing environment.

Spent coffee grounds: Unlocking a greener biofuel potential

Researchers say the high calorific value of spent coffee grounds could be exploited with a more efficient technique to produce a commercially competitive, greener biofuel.

NZ dairy farmers tackling water issues, says new report

An independently-audited report into New Zealand’s dairy farmers’ environmental challenges says ‘significant progress’ has been made in the three years since a water accord was adopted, but more progress is...

Cricket farming is sustainable but food source must be focus, study notes

Cricket farming can be a sustainable means of producing foods for human consumption, a study suggests, as its environmental impact compares favourably to broiler chicken production.

EFSA announce event dedicated to bee health

Improving and standardising the collection and sharing of data on bee health is the main objective of this year’s event, Towards a European Bee Partnership.

Interpack 2017

Battle of the sustainable packs: Germany Vs France

Germany and France have been recognized for their sustainable products at the ‘PackTheFuture’ Sustainable Plastic Packaging Awards at Interpack.

Interpack 2017

Treofan turns to phthalate-free packaging films and mineral oil barriers

Treofan has started to offer its customers phthalate-free packaging films on request using phthalate-free base polymers in the extrusion process.

Act now to ensure food security in the face of climate change, Obama tells entrepreneurs

Climate change represents a major threat to food security throughout the world, according to former US President Barack Obama, and entrepreneurs, scientists and the food industry must act to mitigate...

Make all agriculture and nutrition data available: says GODAN

A call for open and accessible data will be made at the Global Forum of Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) next week, by Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN).

Project Leche: School meals in Honduras get a boost of nutritional value

Enhancing the nutritional value of school meals in Honduras is the focus of Kerry Group’s most recent project.

Government and supermarkets urged to do more in reducing food waste

Governments and supermarkets must do more to prevent food waste, a report has urged as it reveals the cost to each consumer totals £200 (€237) per year.

Interpack 2017

Braskem presents ‘I’m green’ plastic packaging for coffee

Braskem will present applications for its ‘I’m green’ green plastic packaging, including coffee packaging for The Netherlands’ Peeze at Interpack this week (May 4-10).

Food insecurity’s mental toll extends beyond nutritional impact

The uncertainty of where a next meal is coming from is enough to bring about long-term changes to mental health, a global study has determined.

Healthy Profits: Boosting food sales by tailoring the store shopper experience

Small and low cost in-store changes have been shown to increase sales of healthy food, finds a new paper that aims boost sales of produce including fish, fruit and vegetables.

Thermo Fisher explores partial closure of Swiss site

Thermo Fisher Scientific is planning to relocate part of a production site in Switzerland to the Czech Republic.

MSC's 2020 strategy: One fifth of seafood certified sustainable by 2020

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) wants to see 20% of global fish and seafood certified sustainable by 2020, according to the strategy plan it released on its 20th anniversary.

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