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Sustainability

Processing, packaging, sourcing - demands are hotting up to ensure all of this is sustainable. Governments, consumers and NGOs are making tough calls and industry continues to inject efforts into making changes across all levels of business and in some instances communicate this.

General Mills: Protecting vulnerable watersheds critical to water policy

Most water used by General Mills happens outside direct operations in agriculture and improvements must be made in at-risk watershed areas, says the company’s chief sustainability officer.

Sustainable snacks? Production success but packaging woes, says SFA

Most snack makers convert waste into animal feed or have water reduction programs, but efforts need to be sharpened in the plight to find truly green, consumer-friendly packaging, says the...

Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

Corporate responsibility programmes may create a ‘health halo’

Consumers underestimate calorie counts for, and consume more of, foods from companies with positive corporate responsibility programmes, say researchers.

BI-AX International says its Evlon film is now close in price to petroleum-based products

The time is now: decreasing price and an eco-conscious generation opens doors for biodegradable packaging

BI-AX International is eyeing up opportunities for its Evlon biodegradable plastic film, which is made from corn, claiming the product is now comparably priced with petroleum-based products.

Henry's Humdingers wants to spread word about spicy honey and the problems afflicting bees

CEO Henry Miller had a vision for his company, Henry’s Humdingers, when he founded it. He wanted to give consumers a new take on honey and at the same time...

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Sustainable baking now a ‘cradle to grave’ concept

Consumers expect manufacturers to take responsibility for baked goods far beyond the production gate, says a sustainability expert.

FAO World Food Day 2014: Family Farming

ABA chief: Farming infrastructure critically important for wheat

Farming infrastructure in the wheat sector is critically important for bakers but there are a number issues threatening it, says the president and CEO of the American Bakers Association.

FAO World Food Day 2014: Family Farming

Family farm produce: An important ingredient in global snacks?

Local, family farms play a huge role in the global snacks sector – offering solid relationships and a keen focus on the environment, say industry association heads.

News in brief

Frito-Lay opens CNG station in US

Frito-Lay has opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in the US as part of its move to convert 20% of its diesel fleet.

Ebola outbreak threatens West African food security with severe inflation and labour shortages: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an appeal for $30m (€23,72m) to support food supply resilience and recovery in the three African countries most affected by the Ebola...

Dispatches: AACCI Annual Meeting 2014

AACCI president: Cereal scientists need to think 5-10 years ahead

The cereal and grain science community must think ahead in order to remain relevant and overcome challenges amid huge change, says the president of AACC International.

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

Mooncakes and China: Think cosmopolitan, fat-free and green

Young Chinese consumers have adopted global ideals around health and sustainability, driving a cosmopolitan edge to the country’s traditional Mooncake Festival, Euromonitor says.

Southeast Asia

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

General Mills targets further supply chain savings after net profit plunge

General Mills says the need to offset inflation is as strong as ever as it broadens the scope of cost saving measures across the value chain.

Ocean's Halo capitalizes on groundswell of popularity for seaweed chips with organic version

In a sign of how much American palates have changed, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chip is building on the success of its original seaweed chip line with a reformulated organic version...

Frito-Lay president: 'We’re laser-focused on productivity’

Improved supply chain productivity using automation and better go-to-market delivery systems has driven core operating profit up 6% CAGR, says the president of Frito-Lay North America.

Green Endeavor CEO: I’m an eco-industrialist; upscaling ‘green’ is simple

Bakers can take simple steps to go green by switching to eco-friendly cleaning products and it's surprising it hasn't happened already, says the CEO of Green Endeavor.

Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert....

Oxfam: Kellogg rises above General Mills on climate change

Kellogg has become the second food major to respond to a damning Oxfam report with a climate change revamp that pledges to disclose global greenhouse gas emission targets by December 2015.

Cassava bread could tackle food security in Africa

Africa has kick-started projects to improve the nutritional quality and production of cassava to enable better use of the woody shrub in bread.

Oxfam praises ‘bold’ climate change move from General Mills

Following a damning report published by Oxfam in May, General Mills has revamped its climate change plan; pledging to reveal global greenhouse gas emission targets by August 2015.

Hope for cheaper, more accessible wheat as genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome unveiled

There is hope for cheaper and more accessible wheat as a draft genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome is unveiled by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.

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