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Sustainable sourcing

Sustainable sourcing

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.

Sustainable chocolate: Mid-lifers like quality and ethics

Mid-life consumers aged 45-54 purchase chocolate regularly and sustainable messaging should capture their attention, says Canadean.

ICN2 'framework' document outlines action plan for better food and nutrition systems

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 60 point plan as part of a ‘framework for action’ to improve global food and...

Companies cannot expect consumers to pay for sustainability

Companies cannot expect consumers to pay for sustainable food supply chains, a report has found.

Mediterranean, vegetarian or pescetarian: Which is best for health and the environment?

The global drive toward more meat and dairy consumption could increase diet-related disease and boost greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, but other dietary patterns could provide answers, claims a study...

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

CONFERENCE STRIVES TO 'DEFY CONVENTIONAL THINKING' ON WINE

Meet the Glitterati of the Wine World! Wine Vision 2014 in Pictures

Wine Vision 2014 brought together the glitterati of the wine world - including the likes of Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine president and CEO - Jean-Guillaume Prats - to discuss issues...

Sustainable palm oil milestone in sight for Unilever

Unilever will be able to guarantee 100% sustainable palm oil for its European food business by the end of this year, it has announced.

Deforestation-free commitments need to turn into actions: CDP

Companies make commitments to deforestation-free supply chains but some are still failing to take action, according to a report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Healthy planet, healthy people: Balancing carbon footprint and optimal nutrition

Plant-derived foods have been suggested as preferable to those of animal origin from an environmental perspective as well as for health – but nutrient density must be taken into account,...

UN helps RSPO strengthen palm complaints platform

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have partnered to raise awareness on sustainable palm oil and strengthen frameworks like that for complaints...

Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

French retailers make ‘responsible suppliers’ pledge

Several major French retailers have committed to a nationwide responsible supplier initiative, four years after it was first proposed.

Corporate responsibility programmes may create a ‘health halo’

Consumers underestimate calorie counts for, and consume more of, foods from companies with positive corporate responsibility programmes, say researchers.

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Investors are demanding more focus on sustainability, says report

Analysis released today shows that nearly three-quarters of global companies see risks associated with sourcing commodities that are linked to deforestation.

French trade dispute dents Mondelēz Q3 earnings

Mondelēz International third-quarter earnings fell 11% compared to last year due to disputes with French retailers over wholesale pricing changes and 'soft' developed market demand.

Water challenges could restrict business growth, major companies predict

More than four-fifths of food and consumer goods companies say that water poses a fundamental risk to their business, according to a new report from CDP.

Juncker accused of leading ‘big business push for deregulation’

Anti-lobbying campaigners have accused new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker of putting the environment, consumers and workers at small companies at risk with a red-tape-cutting agenda.

Gender inequality not just social but structural and choc giants must realize this: Oxfam

Confectionery giants Mondelēz International, Nestlé and Mars must do far more to ensure women are not blocked from day-to-day commercial cocoa operations because of issues like land rights, according to...

Insects could feed growing global appetite for protein, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International is the latest organisation to back the potential of insects to help meet growing global demand for protein.

What is palm oil’s economic impact in Europe?

The palm oil sector makes a clear contribution to the economies of producer countries – but it also contributes to the economy in importing markets, according to a new report.

DuPont: ‘We will launch 4000 products by 2020’

DuPont’s nutrition & health division will play a big part in the launch of 4000 food-related products in the next six years, its chief said as the company celebrated 50...

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Smoothie brand Froosh warns of ‘social washing’ on supply chain sustainability

Scandinavia’s top-selling smoothie manufacturer Froosh has called for ‘trade not aid’ in developing countries and insists beverage brands should do more to understand their supply chains.

Launching a baobab brand is about educating consumers and telling a story, says drink startup

Consumers need to be taught what the ‘unknown’ baobab fruit is, according to beverage newbie Matahi.

Bunge commits to deforestation-free palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge is the latest multinational company to commit to deforestation-free palm oil supply – going beyond the requirements for RSPO membership.

Mobile apps ‘will take consumer awareness to the next level’, says Mintel

Consumers are exploring new ways of educating themselves about food and increasingly are using mobile apps to make well-informed choices, according to Mintel's 'Consumer Trends 2015' report.

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