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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.

Scientists create natural grapefruit flavour from oranges

The grapefruit flavour and fragrance compound nootkatone is one of the most expensive and challenging ingredients to source in the world – so a new way to create a naturally...

Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative

Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar - but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.

Election 2015

Food to be highlighted ahead of election

A nationwide campaign to highlight the contribution of food and farming to British national life and the economy, ahead of the general election will be launched by the National Farmers...

Mars bar goes Fairtrade in UK under new sourcing program

Mars bars in the UK and Ireland will use Fairtrade cocoa under the certification body’s new Cocoa Sourcing Program.

Aldi in £1.2M deal with rapeseed producer

Aldi has seized 8% of the UK rapeseed market through a single £1.2M deal with Phoenix Speciality Oils.

Western diet is ‘incompatible’ with targets to avoid climate disaster

Too little is being done to limit global meat and dairy consumption in light of its impact on climate change, says UK think tank Chatham House.

News in brief

Unilever eliminates waste to landfill

Unilever has met its target of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its 240 factories around the world.

Guide urges industry action on ‘pirate’ fish

A new guide has urged industry to ensure illegal fish is kept out of supply chains.

Majority MEP vote sends meat origin labelling to the Commission

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted by majority to create legislation that could see country of origin labelling used for all meat used in processed foods.

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

Allied Bakeries: 'Our ultimate palm oil aim is 100% segregated sourcing'

Allied Bakers, the maker of Kingsmill bread, said today that the palm oil and derivatives used in its products are now 100% sustainably sourced through physical supply chains.

‘Ohmic heating’ method backed for natural colour production

The use of ohmic heating technologies, which pass electrical currents through foods to heat them, could provide opportunities for the industrial scale production of natural food colourants, researchers have suggested. ...

Algae and plant protein potential limited by scale, says Mars agriculture chief

Lack of scalability still prevents algae and plant proteins from being used as major food sources, according to Mars chief agricultural officer Howard-Yana Shapiro.

Denmark launches ‘most ambitious’ organic plan

The Danish government has announced a plan to double its organic farmland by 2020 and to increase demand for organic food.

Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

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.

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