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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.

Walmart challenges suppliers over animal welfare and antibiotic use

Walmart is asking meat and poultry suppliers to stop using antibiotics and antimicrobials for non-therapeutic purposes (eg. to promote growth and boost feed efficiency rather than exclusively for treating sick...

Just scaling up alone without fundamental changes to farming practices could decrease costs by 25-50%

All Things Bugs: We’re having conversations with a lot of mainstream food manufacturers

While cost is a barrier – and regulatory issues need ironing out – mainstream food manufacturers “have been way more open to this [using edible insects in their products] than...

Meet execs from Sparkling ICE, Chobani, Tio Gazpacho, NASA

Innovate or die: Introducing Food Vision USA... from 3D printing to personalized nutrition

Imagine a place where you can meet the entrepreneurs behind new food & beverage categories and retail channels; pioneers in the field of nutrigenomics, edible insects, and 3D printing; food...

Experts untangle GMO developments and impact on firms at FoodNavigator-USA’s Going Non-GMO forum May 20

Pressure on food manufacturers to label genetically modified food and provide non-GMO alternatives is mounting as consumer concern and confusion about the technology increases in response to a deluge of...

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Tree-mendous: NPD boom in plant waters, with 'natural' and 'no preservatives' leading health claims

Plant waters such as aloe, birch, artichoke, maple, cactus, and almond water are starting to challenge coconut water’s pedestal, with NPD in this emerging category booming, according to Innova Market...

Consumer concerns about chemicals in food rise while their trust in food safety sinks, survey finds

Concern about “chemicals” in the food supply is growing among Americans, many of whom are changing how they buy food as a result, according to a recent survey. 

Nuts 101: From green machines to nutritional dynamos, 10 surprising facts about peanuts

30 years ago, nuts were perceived as the nutritional equivalent of candy. Today, they are widely recognized as a nutrient powerhouse. But why are peanuts – which have unique health...

Activist calls for 'real shared value' from coffee corporations

Entrepreneur, journalist, political consultant and campaigner Fernando Morales-de la Cruz is launching a coffee capsule brand he hopes will accelerate the eradication of poverty among coffee farmers by reinvesting 10...

Nestlé Carnation milk plant in drought-hit California to go 'zero-water'

Amid scrutiny over its water bottling operations in drought-hit California, Nestlé is spending $7m (€6.1m) to recycle wastewater at its Carnation Evaporated Milk plant in the Golden State.

Sharing the goodness: Hershey’s conveys progress its 2014 CSR report

The Hershey Company made significant progress against its responsible sourcing and sustainability commitments in 2014, according to its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

News in brief

Cargill and Evolva prepare for commercial launch of fermentation-derived stevia in 2016

Swiss fermentation specialist Evolva and sweeteners expert Cargill have agreed to start engineering work so they can produce next-generation stevia sweeteners via fermentation at a Cargill biofuel and corn milling...

Cargill eyes sustainable seaweed for carrageenan range

Cargill has introduced a new range of carrageenans for drinks makers in order to improve the sustainability of their sourcing.

EU regulatory deadlock welcomed by organic groups

EU ministers have failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU organic regulation, pushing back a vote until June – a standstill that is welcomed by organic farming associations....

Coffee by-products may have prebiotic, antimicrobial and antioxidant potential

More than 2 billion tons of coffee by-products that are currently thrown away could have applications in the food and nutrition sector, say researchers.

A strong social mission & unique nutritional profile helped Kuli Kuli Bars cut through the competition

Only a small fraction of the hundreds of nutrition bars that launch in the U.S. annually will survive the first year, but among those that have are Kuli Kuli Bars,...

Row intensifies over 'Eat less red & processed meat’ message in dietary guidelines report

The row over the health and sustainability of meat consumption prompted by the recent Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report has intensified this week as stakeholders rushed to submit comments...

Meat is made from plants, says Lightlife in new plant-based protein campaign: So cut out the middleman

How do you market plant protein? Until recently, it was all about ‘vegetarian’ options, ‘meat analogs’ or ‘meat-alternatives’, says Lightlife Foods, but today, marketers are presenting their plant-based wares as...

Guilt-free coffee: Compostable pods will appeal to many consumers, says Copper Moon Coffee

The amount of waste created by used coffee pods worries not just the die-hard eco-friendly, but coffee lovers at large, says US coffee roaster and packager Copper Moon Coffee. 

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Can organic feed the world?

Organic crops generally have lower yields than conventional crops – but that’s not the only way to measure their potential to feed the world.

Chipotle goes non-GMO, and embarks on ‘quest to eliminate additives’

Chipotle Mexican Grill has “achieved its goal of moving to only non-GMO ingredients to make all of the food in its US restaurants”, and is now embarking on a quest to...

organic and non-gmo trends

Sustainability generates substantial cost savings for Stonyfield Farm

Stonyfield Farm’s wide-ranging and forward-looking sustainability initiatives launched in the last decade have helped the firm save more than the environment – they also saved the organic yogurt maker more...

Jeremy Rifkin: Meat is ‘the most inefficient way of feeding the human race’

Europe needs to talk about moving down the food chain to feed people more efficiently and beat climate change, says renowned US economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin.

Edible insect potential hinges on identifying optimal diet, say researchers

If edible insects such as crickets are to deliver on their promise of providing a more environmentally-friendly source of protein, they may need to be put on a different diet,...

organic and non-gmo trends

GMOs, limited technology, dwindling farmers threaten organic growth, Sen. Tester says

The organic industry must overcome substantial hurdles to sustain its double digit sales growth, including the threat posed by genetically modified organisms, limited technological advancements and a dwindling farming population,...