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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.

Bug food makers join forces to create North American Edible Insects Coalition

A new trade organization devoted to expanding the use of insects in food and feed will meet for the first time this week as bug enthusiasts gather for a three-day...

US organic food & beverage sales rose 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, says OTA

US sales of organic food and drink surged 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, significantly ahead of the 3% growth in the overall food market, with some segments up more than...

NAS GM crops report will 'provide fodder for friends and foes of GE,' says plant scientist

There is no evidence that foods from genetically engineered (GE) crops are less safe to eat than their 'conventional' counterparts, according to a new report from The National Academies of Sciences, which will "provide fodder...

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Courts, controversy and CSR – the palm oil story

There were more twists and turns this week in the controversy surrounding the IOI group, which was suspended by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) last month.

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Nestlé to cut all ties with IOI over palm oil action plan: 'It doesn’t go far enough'

Nestlé is cutting ties with palm oil supplier IOI. No new contracts will be awarded to the Malaysian firm and all existing ones will be “phased out” by the end of August,...

$5 million investment will help meal kit service Purple Carrot better extol virtues of plant-based diet

An infusion of $5 million will help vegan meal kit delivery service Purple Carrot refine its branding and expand consumer awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet, according to...

Fungi-based protein can give soy and pea a run for their money, says Quorn

Marketers of meat-alternatives like to talk a lot about sustainable protein, and how we’re going to feed the world in 2050. But are these things really primary purchase drivers today?...

Tech solutions to show health effects in real time seen as new hope in supplement investment picture

Having the right team to execute on an idea is the key to attracting investment capital, experts say. But finding the right idea, that’s a bit more of a stretch...

OTA pushes for strengthened organic seed sourcing as a next step in creating seed purity standard

USDA should strengthen organic seed sourcing practices as part of a multifaceted approach to prevent unintentional contamination of organic crops with genetically modified organisms, the Organic Trade Association argues in...

Sophie’s Kitchen sees opportunity in plant-based seafood alternatives

The global market for plant-based meat alternatives is growing fast, but most players in the space are focused on replacing land animals – leaving the potential for seafood alternatives wide...

WHERE NEXT FOR ORGANICS?

From croplands to chicken coops, organic manufacturers get their hands dirty to anticipate looming shortage

Companies from Chipotle to Costco are creatively coming up with ways to keep their organic supplies steady, but mid-sized, natural category veterans are concerned about the big fish jumping into...

Millennials chose coffee based on emotional, “elevated needs,” survey finds

For most millennials, selecting coffee is an emotional decision that goes beyond meeting basic needs such as freshness and affordability to include the social and environmental impact of how it...

Icons communicate claims faster to on-the-go shoppers than words, Vermont Smoke & Cure exec says

Few shoppers in today’s on-the-go culture have time to read lengthy descriptions or claims on packages, which is one reason why Vermont Smoke & Cure recently switched to recognizable icons...

Earth-friendly strategies help capture consumers’ attention

Environmentally friendly practices can do more than help the Earth – they can also help product sales and increase brand value as more consumers care about sustainable practices and how...

Zero deforestation and meat-rich diets – possible but very tricky

Fear not – nine billion people can be fed by 2050 without further deforestation. The claim comes from researchers at the Global Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, Austria.

More plant-based products are needed to fuel a “market-revolution” away from animals, expert says

America is on the “cusp of a market-revolution” to replace animal products with plant-based alternatives, but consumers need more choices that are convenient, affordable and tasty in order for long-term...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From MALK to Grainful, Thrive Market and Michel et Augustin

FoodNavigator-USA's latest pick of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market features a clutch of firms developing truly innovative concepts from HPP babyfood and nut milks, to...

Aspire Food Group: Right now, our goal is simply to make eating insects – in any form – ‘normal’

If the edible insect movement is to meaningfully impact the protein market (and the planet) by displacing less sustainable animal-derived protein sources (beef, poultry, dairy), cricket companies will have to...

Tiny Farms gears up for its first harvest: 'We're going to transform the economics of cricket-farming'

Tiny Farms – which has spent the past three years researching feed formulation, habitat engineering, farm automation and management software to drive scale and lower costs in insect production –...

Consumers want more local food, but are retailers geared up to give it to them?

While interest in many food trends tends to ebb and flow, consumer demand for ‘local’ food – which taps into many other movements, from organic to specialty – continues to...

USDA wants to strengthen animal welfare rules under the organic standard

A proposed regulation that would strengthen and clarify organic animal welfare standards would align consumers’ expectations with production practices and improve their confidence in the organic seal, according to USDA.

Heavenly Organics' shows "profits can create peace" by providing ethical jobs in conflict areas

Under cover of darkness, deep in Northern and Central India and the Himalayans, harvesters for Heavenly Organics gently brush away sleeping bees from wild hives to collect the velvety, organic...

Entomo Farms rides the edible insects wave: ‘Things really exploded for us in 2015’

2015 was a difficult year for some in the embryonic edible insect ingredients business, with Big Cricket Farms suspending activities due to water supply problems and All Things Bugs facing...

Walmart & Otis Spunkmeyer join cage-free egg movement in the US

Retail giant Walmart and baked sweets manufacturer Otis Spunkmeyer join the swelling ranks of companies switching to cage-free eggs, but both are doing so cautiously with long timelines that likely...

USDA reports 12% increase in US certified organic operations between 2014 and 2015

New data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals a 12% increase in US certified organic operations between 2014 and 2015, while the total retail market for organic products...