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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.

Small businesses and social scientists must collaborate for a sustainable food chain

Food labelling and ethical certification aren’t as effective as we think - for a sustainable food chain, small and medium businesses need to team up with social scientists to create...

UK's organic standards up for public consultation

The Soil Association is updating its organic standards to make them more practical and transparent and is calling on the public to give its opinion in an open consultation.

More than half of EU countries set to opt out of GM

Sixteen countries have requested to opt out of GM cultivation in Europe – but while the Commission says the opt-out clause is necessary for such a complex issue, campaigners are...

FoodNavigator's September News Quiz

How much do you remember from September's breaking news stories, latest food science findings and new product launches? Take our quiz and put yourself to the test....

Nescafé and Google in virtual reality coffee experience: ‘People feel as if they are right there in the plantation’

Transparency on sustainability needs to go beyond data on packaging if it is to really engage consumers, says Nescafé, as it partners with Google to launch a virtual reality coffee...

How can industry tap into consumer demands for local?

Nearly 80% of British consumers say buying local produce is important but only 30% actually do – why is this and can large-scale food manufacturers satisfy this desire for local?

Firmenich awarded for sustainable credentials

Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, vice president of sustainability partnerships at global flavour firm Firmenich has won “Head of Sustainability” at the Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards.

EU project aims to slash food waste by 30% by 2025

A new EU-funded research project involving partners across the EU, as well as in China, will help reduce food waste by 30% by 2025, say those behind the project.

UK government calls for more local labelling

The UK government is calling on manufacturers to use local county of origin labelling on its products – but unlike in Italy such measures would be voluntary.

DSM stays in leader zone of Dow Jones sustainability index

DSM has been named as one of its sector’s leaders in environmental prudence in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, but the company says it sees such lists as a...

‘No success model’ for new protein ingredients

Novel protein ingredients face a difficult future with too many barriers to entry to make success likely – but there are brighter prospects for Quorn and some potential for insect...

‘Problems abound’ for protein ingredients, says report

Protein ingredients are facing major challenges in developed markets, with stagnation in technical applications and uncertainty over health and sports markets, according to a report from Giract.

Costs of origin labelling are marginal, says German company

Industry says origin labelling is too expensive and would reduce competitiveness but one German company is listing the origin of all its ingredients voluntarily – and the costs are marginal, it...

Stopping ‘bad karma’ could save palm oil industry millions

Scientists have identified a genetic defect in oil palms, called bad karma, which reduces yields – a finding that could save industry both time and money, they say.

Back to the farm: Companies need to zoom in on climate risks in agriculture, says CDP

Many multinational food and beverage brands are missing their biggest chance to address climate risks, according to the global non-profit group CDP, which says companies need to work closer with...

KitKat commits to only sustainable cocoa by early 2016

Nestlé plans to source only sustainable cocoa for its global KitKat brand in order to strengthen consumer trust.

Brain study unravels why ethical labelling increases willingness to pay

Shoppers are willing to pay up to 30% more for ethically produced goods that carry the Fairtrade logo, according to a new brain study that suggests ethical foods produce a...

Diageo fails to reach its own pollution targets

Diageo has significantly missed seven of its 10 pollution reduction targets, the £11bn drinks giant has admitted in its annual report.

Evolva introduces fermentation-derived nootkatone

Swiss biotechnology firm Evolva has introduced its nootkatone citrus flavour and fragrance ingredient – made from fermentation rather than traditional extraction from grapefruit skin.

Beyond malnutrition: Food security means food supply

Food security is not just about hunger and poverty – it must move into the mainstream as the challenge of feeding nine billion people comes into sharper focus, according to...

Norwegians increasingly sceptical about organic

Norwegian strategies to up organic consumption are failing, say researchers. 

Sustainers and curtailers: Which type of sustainable foodie are you?

Sustainability isn't one size fits all. Some consumers buy sustainable products while others curb consumption of less sustainable foods, say researchers. 

Insect oil: Bugs aren’t just about protein

Is it time to look beyond insect protein to… insect oil? This is the next opportunity within edible bugs, says researcher.

Money talks! Norway withdraws from 4 Asian palm oil firms

The Norwegian national investment fund has cut ties with four major Asian companies, citing the risk of ‘severe environmental damage’ as a result of palm oil plantations.

Italian politicians defend palm oil

Italian politicians have submitted two resolutions to parliament defending palm oil in the face of anti-palm oil campaigns, calling it a raw material of fundamental importance for Italian industry.

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