Sustainability

Four food companies qualified for the new 'soaring' tier

Unilever takes top spot on climate responsibility scorecard

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Unilever has topped the Climate Counts scorecard for the second year running, as the corporate climate responsibility watchdog unveils a new ‘soaring’ tier in its scoring to reflect the nearly doubled average score since 2007.

We all need to have a view on the future of food, Bellini says

‘We need a revolution in the way we think about food’: Futurologist

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The future of food is an area that is often overlooked in the context of short political cycles, but we all need to have a view on how we can meet increasing and changing demand for food in the coming decades, according to futurologist Dr James Bellini.

Dutch companies have agreed to buy another 280,000 tonnes of RTRS-certified soy

Dutch companies to double use of sustainable soy from 2011 levels

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Dutch food companies and trade organisations have signed agreements with Brazilian growers to double the supply of RTRS-certified soy to the Netherlands from 2011 levels, according to the Foundation for Responsible Soy Transition.

John West rolls out can tracking scheme

John West rolls out can tracking scheme

By Rod Addy

John West has rolled out its Can Tracker scheme to include salmon, mackerel and sardine products by 2013, building on the launch of the service for tuna in 2011.

Partial fractionation could improve energy efficiency

How eco-friendly are meat analogues?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Many meat analogues derived from plant proteins may have environmental impacts comparable to animal protein because of inefficient water and energy use in their production, according to associate professor of Food Process Engineering at Wageningen University...

Martinovic called for greater harmonisation of food safety regulations

Harmonising food safety regs could make 'huge difference' to food wastage

By Caroline Scott-Thomas at EFFoST in Montpellier

Zero and very low tolerance of certain food additives and ingredients can lead to enormous - and entirely unnecessary - food wastage, according to Aleksandra Martinovic, Montenegro ambassador of the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI).

Tan says there is 'no key to the door' for outgrowers

Independent grower highlights flaws in RSPO system

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

If the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is serious about making the entire palm oil supply chain sustainable, it needs to address flaws in the system for plantation owners who do not own their own mills, according to one such grower, Daniel...

WikiCell targets Louvre as site for first outlet

WikiCell targets Louvre as site for first outlet

By Rod Addy

A snack bar next to the Musée de Louvre in Paris will be the site of the first outlet selling products in edible packaging from WikiCell Designs, the company behind the concept.

Sustainability 'should be the norm and not the exception'

Unilever and Walmart aim to transform sustainable palm oil supply

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Unilever and Walmart are hoping to drive increased production of certified sustainable palm oil, as they unveiled new purchasing commitments at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) annual meeting in Singapore last week.

Sustainable palm oil production can be a boon for smallholders

Dispatch from RT10 in Singapore

Ensuring sustainability at the new frontiers of palm oil production

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Palm oil producers and traders have been looking for new production areas as expansion in environmentally sensitive regions in Southeast Asia has become increasingly difficult - but Latin American and African production must embrace sustainable standards...

The Sial Innovation zone

Dispatch from Sial 2012

A future without packaging beckons

By Rod Addy

The food industry could be approaching a time when packaging will be completely eliminated from the supply chain, according to Olivia Milan-Grobois, business unit director, Sial Group.

Resource efficiency set to rise in prominence

Resource efficiency set to rise in prominence

By Rod Addy

Resource efficiency will be even more crucial for the food industry in the coming year as it fights to prevent production costs from being passed on to consumers.

World Food Day focuses on raising awareness of poverty and hunger

World Food Day

Food security is an industry issue, says Worldwatch expert

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The food industry could be a powerful player in ensuring food security - and that makes sense from both an ethical and a business perspective, according to Danielle Nierenberg, director of the Nourishing the Planet project at the Worldwatch Institute.

Monash University's Mark Wahlqvist

Study labels food security as important as world peace

By RJ Whitehead

New research suggests that securing a sustainable supply of nutritious food to feed the world’s fast-growing population is as big an issue as fighting wars, preventing disease and saving the environment.

Commissioners backtrack on crop-based biofuel targets

European commissioners backtrack on crop-based biofuel targets

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The European Commission has backtracked on biofuels targets, proposing 5% a cap on the amount of fuel that should be produced from food crops to 2020, on concerns that biofuels may be less eco-friendly than earlier thought and may contribute to higher...

French firms urged to back away from ‘no palm oil’ label claims

French firms urged to back away from ‘no palm oil’ label claims

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Products labelled ‘no palm oil’ have proliferated on French supermarket shelves in recent years but Malaysian officials have said that such labels misrepresent an industry that has made strides toward greater sustainability, in a meeting with French officials...

Eco-labels could 'overwhelm' consumers - study

Eco-labels could 'overwhelm' consumers - study

By Rod Addy

The number of eco-labels seems to be bamboozling consumers and the trade, according to joint research by the International Institute for Management Development and the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne.

Tofu is one of the most popular meat analog variants

Special edition: Meat alternatives

Firm growth for meat substitute products

By Rod Addy and Nathan Gray

The total market for analogs and meat free products is set to rise by 4.4%, from €2.85bn to €3.54bn, in the next five years, according to exclusive data from market analyst RTS Resource.

EU sugar quota supports ‘quasi monopoly’

EU sugar quota supports ‘quasi monopoly’

By Rod Addy

The EU sugar industry benefits from a “quasi monopoly” situation as a result of the current EU sugar quota system, according to the European Starch Industry Association, Association de Amidonniers et Feculiers (AAF).

PureCircle shores up stevia supplies

PureCircle shores up stevia supplies

By Rod Addy

PureCircle has diversified its supplies of stevia leaf, enabling it to step up global growth plans and defend its supply chain against future issues.

Palm oil-free may be emerging trend

Palm oil-free may be emerging trend

By Rod Addy

A shift towards palm oil-free foods and ingredients could be an emerging trend in Europe, according to market analysts.

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