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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.

Nestlé CEO: Business should not lead the social agenda

Business plays a crucial role in meeting sustainable development goals – but it should not lead the social agenda, according to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking at the World Economic...

Partnership to tap unexplored potential in seaweed extracts

French firm Eviagenics has partnered with Chilean seaweed specialist Gelymar to produce new and traditional seaweed-derived ingredients for the European market.

MEP vote backs meat origin labelling

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted 48 to 15 to introduce legislation on origin labelling on meat used as an ingredient...

Productivity may have peaked for many food crops, researchers warn

The days of assuming that natural resources can be interchanged when one comes under pressure may be over, according to new research warning that ‘renewable’ does not always mean ‘unlimited’.

Changing diets: Plant protein sustainability crucial for food security

Meeting demand for sustainable plant-based protein is set to be a key challenge for future food security, according to a new report.

FAO chief urges ‘paradigm shift’ toward sustainable food

The whole world must make huge effort and investment to shift toward sustainable farming and food production, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has said.

What does the roadmap to food security really look like?

Food security is vital to the food industry in both developing and developed countries, but what does ‘food security’ really mean, how do we measure it, and can we really...

Fairtrade, organic, low air miles: What does sustainability really mean?

European food companies increasingly are using exotic fruits like dried mango, papaya and pineapple to differentiate their products in a crowded marketplace – but at what cost to local farmers...

What are industry’s science and technology needs?

Food fraud, healthy diets and sustainability are among the issues needing innovation in science and technology, according to a major survey from Campden BRI.

Meat without murder: How commercially viable is lab-grown meat?

Lab-grown meat could solve many of the world’s environmental problems, says the co-founder of an Israeli non-profit organisation studying the feasibility of mass-produced cultured chicken meat.

Whale testicle beer brewer backs controversial drink: ‘We don’t consider the fin whale endangered here’

The owner of an Icelandic brewery poised to launch a controversial whale testicle-flavored beer tells BeverageDaily.com the beer has a ‘unique smoked flavor’ and insists Icelandic whaling is sustainable.

‘Regulations and incentives’ needed to reduce trillions of tonnes of hidden water use globally

Governmental and institutional actions are needed urgently to reduce the estimated 1.8 million tonnes of water – per person - used in food production around the globe, a UK group has urged.

Brands lead on sustainable cocoa goals, Cargill and Barry Callebaut suggest

The leading cocoa processors say they will support brand manufacturers to achieve fully sustainable cocoa, but decline to publicly set their own targets.

GRAS status opens up market for Ahiflower, a plant-based omega 3-6-9 oil with high SDA levels

A new competitor has arrived on the plant-based omega-3s scene with the announcement of FDA no-objection GRAS status for Ahiflower oil, an ingredient from Technology Crops International.  The oil offers...

FoodNavigator predicts top industry drivers for 2015

It’s time to get out our crystal balls and predict the hottest trends in the European food and drink sector for the year ahead. What’s in store for 2015?

Looking back on 2014: How did we do with last year’s predictions?

As 2014 draws to a close, let’s take a minute to look back and ask, how accurate was our forecast for the year? FoodNavigator looks back at its trend predictions...

FDF guide aims to boost sustainable palm oil use

The UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published a guide to help food companies switch to sustainably sourced palm oil.

Commission urged to retain resource efficiency plans

Fifteen companies and environmental campaigners have joined forces to urge the European Commission to retain an action plan on efficient resource use.

How much pesticide residue is in our food?

98.3% of foods in the EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits, but there were “significantly higher” maximum limit exceedance rates for products from outside of Europe, according to a report from the...

Health Ingredients Europe

New proteins are creeping on trend

Alternative proteins are a “hot area” of interest and products such as sandwich spreads made with meal worms could be a thing of the future, according to one food trend...

Cargill opens $100m Indonesian cocoa plant

Cargill has opened its first cocoa processing facility in Asia in the East Java region of Indonesia.

Comment

Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Ingredient origin labelling should remain voluntary under FIC regs, say suppliers

Food Information for Consumers (FIC) legislation should allow manufacturers to choose whether to label ingredient origins to avoid costly, complicated and unnecessary changes, say suppliers.

FIC vegetable oil labelling rules have not led to mass reformulation, says EPOA

Fears that manufacturers would reject palm oil in the wake of FIC regulations have proven to be unfounded, according to the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA).

'Dramatic' carrageenan supply chain shake up as Indonesia eyes domestic processing

Indonesia plans to process half of its seaweed domestically by 2020, meaning the carrageenan supply chain could see massive geographic diversions in the future. 

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