Big food is turning its innovation engine towards developing sustainable solutions - and plastic packaging is a top priority, representatives from Coca Cola Partners Iberia, McDonald’s, Capsa Food, Damm and Nomen Foods told a conference in Spain.
Greenpeace has said that meat consumption in the European Union needs to drop by 71% by 2030 and by 81% by 2050. The NGO wants regulators to act – but could these aggressive targets alienate consumers and food makers alike?
The Food and Drink Federation has complained that the UK’s newly announced plastic tax will penalise food and beverage producers and called for efforts to instead improve the country’s recycling infrastructure.
Efforts to create synthetic replacements for palm oil are likely to require ‘several years’ of development before they are commercially viable, meaning emphasis should be placed in the ‘immediate’ drive to make existing production more sustainable.
As concern builds for farm animal welfare, we look at whether an EU-wide scheme is on the cards, what such a labelling matrix might look like, and ultimately, whether high welfare labels make a difference.
Rising public awareness of the problem of plastic pollution can help polymers such as polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) make more headway in the food sector, believes Mark Lapping, CEO of PVOH polymer manufacturer Aquapak.