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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.

UK law to fight slavery in big firm supply chains

New legislation will require all large firms in the UK to report on their fight against slavery in the supply chain - but experts say the 'opt out' clause means...

FoodNavigator's July quiz

How much do you remember from this month's news? Take our quiz to find out!

Why are companies hiding their sustainable credentials?

A sustainable logo is known to add value to a brand – so why are so many manufacturers not showing their Fairtrade, organic or sustainable credentials?

Don't count on industry goodwill: Tax for healthy, sustainable food

Don’t count on industry goodwill or informed consumers for a healthier, sustainable food system – it's time to try food taxes, says one report.

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

How is Californian drought affecting almond supply?

California provides 83% of the world’s almonds, but drought is affecting supply. FoodNavigator spoke to the Almond Board of California about how the industry is tackling water shortages – and...

Lights, camera, action! Edible insects in focus at IFT 2015

No self-respecting food conference would be complete these days without a session on edible insects. But are they a gimmick or a serious source of alternative protein? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine...

Quinoa's protein potential: From healthy whole food to versatile ingredient

After years in the making, quinoa protein concentrate will be the latest plant-based protein to be commercialised, competing with the likes of whey, soy and pea.

Animal welfare will be ‘decisive criterion’ for lab-grown meat

Most people accept that animals have been slaughtered for meat because they have no choice – but lab-grown meat could change that, says Professor Mark Post.

Desert-inspired flavours and water-saving innovation: How climate change will shape the food industry

The water crisis affecting the food industry is set to get worse –  but food companies are finding ways to overcome it, say experts.

IFT 2015 highlights: 3D printing...the killer app; lab burgers... for less than $300k, and meals with meal worms

Check out our gallery of highlights from the 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting & expo in Chicago, spanning 3D printing, edible insects and cultured meat, to the...

Big issues and even bigger stakes: the importance of transparency and good communication

From GM to junk food, many food industry issues go beyond the realm of the industry itself – they shape, and are shaped by, our world view says one expert at IFT. So...

Marketing to millennials: Mass-produced food with a personal touch

The food industry has evolved to mass produce food in complex supply chains – so how can it appeal to millennials’ desire for personalised, authentic and artisanal food?

Food and drink firms plug water use by 24%

Food and drink manufacturers have slashed their water use by nearly a quarter in the past eight years, as it emerged water deregulation in England could save firms millions.

European food industry calls for ‘urgent agreement’ on climate change

European industry association FoodDrinkEurope has called for an ambitious global climate deal to help justify investment in low carbon technologies, it said in a report released at Expo Milano last...

Unilever becomes first company to report on human rights using UN guidelines

Unilever has become the first company to report on its own human rights record using UN guidelines, drawing praise from Oxfam - but much remains to be done, says the...

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

Climate change risk is a ‘medical emergency’, experts warn

The health risk from climate change is so great that it could reverse 50 years of advances in health and nutrition, according to a major Lancet Commission report.

Nestlé, Unilever pledge to halve food waste by 2025

Members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have committed to halving food waste over the next ten years at an event in New York this week.

Can sustainable foraging go mainstream?

Commercial foraging is on the rise, influencing mainstream flavour trends and giving companies a sense of heritage, say market analysts - but is it as eco-friendly as it seems?

Unsustainable standards? Questioning the ethics of sustainable sourcing

A growing trend for sustainability certifications and on pack ‘branding’ could mean manufacturers are missing the wider point of sustainability issues and may confuse consumers so much they no longer...

Antibiotic-free - Is this the next ethical food label?

British meat has been found to contain MRSA and consumers are concerned. So would an antibiotic-free label reassure the public,  or are there already enough ethical food labels?

Quiz: Are you sustainable sourcing savvy?

How clued up are you on all the issues surrounding sustainable sourcing - and how closely have you been reading FoodNavigator?Take our quiz and find out! (Need to revise a little...

Beyond protein: How will we meet growing demand for sustainable fats?

A growing global population won’t only affect protein demand – sustainable fat production is also a major challenge, says food traceability expert Dr Heiner Lehr.

Natural red without the bugs? Chr Hansen develops fermentation-derived carmine

Danish ingredients firm Chr Hansen claims it has produced carmine through fermentation, meaning a cheaper, vegetarian, halal and kosher version of the natural red colouring could be just a few...

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