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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.

Renewed call for bakers to end use of wheat sprayed with glyphosate

Campaigners are urging major UK bread manufacturers and supermarkets not to use flour from wheat sprayed with glyphosate immediately before harvest.

Tesco to make all its own-label chocolate Rainforest Alliance certified

Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket chain – has pledged to use only cocoa from Rainforest Alliance sources in its private-label chocolate.

BREAKING NEWS

House approves federal GMO labeling bill that nullifies Vermont law

The US House of Representatives has voted to pass a federal GMO labeling bill (306:117 votes) that would pre-empt and nullify all state-led GMO labeling laws including the one that...

Dow launches recyclable stand-up pouch suitable for cereals and snacks

Dow Chemical Company is aiming to tap growing demand for stand-up pouches with a flexible, recyclable version using its RecycleReady technology.

UK launch for plastic packaging that can be 'thrown away like an orange peel'

Biodegradable plastic packaging designed to behave like an orange peel when it is thrown away is launching in the UK next month.

French MPs drop palm oil tax - but accuse producer countries of blackmail

French politicians have dropped the proposed palm oil tax, leading some politicians to say the country is being blackmailed by producer countries. "We are legislating with a knife at our throats," said one....

Heard of himanthalia? Dutch start-up aims to replace carb-heavy pasta with seaweed

Himanthalia - or sea spaghetti - may not be commonly known. But as a healthy like-for-like pasta replacement that boosts vegetable intake and is harvested in a sustainable way, it...

Lesaffre and Meiogenix to develop yeasts for ‘new and existing’ bakery processes

Biotech firm Meiogenix and yeast supplier Lesaffre are to work together to develop new baker’s yeasts.

IOI damage raises questions about RSPO standards

The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in...

Pepperidge Farm aims to make a splash with organic wheat Goldfish crackers

Pepperidge Farm is hoping to widen the audience for its Goldfish crackers with the launch of the brand’s first lines containing organic wheat.

Changing supply chain

Interconnected diets: Two thirds of crops we consume are result of ‘food globalisation’

'Foreign' crops dominate national food consumption patterns and farming practices, according to new research that finds nearly 70% of fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains in an average country's diet originate...

Bosch creates dust-tight packaging for sugar, grains, flour and powders

Bosch Packaging Technology has partnered with BillerudKorsnäs to create a Sealed Paper Packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains, flour and powders.

Organic brands Dave’s Killer Bread and Alpine bring growth to Flowers in Q1

Recent acquisitions Dave's Killer Bread and Alpine Valley Bread have prevented a year on year dip in sales at US bread giant Flowers Foods in the first quarter of 2016.

Can Kellogg's new Kashi cereal help encourage more farmers to go organic?

Kashi has launched a breakfast cereal using wheat grown under a new initiative supporting farmers transitioning fields from conventional to organic crops.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a...

Wheat rusts: Renewed push by FAO and partners to combat crop disease

Activity by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) and partner groups is being ramped up to combat the threat of wheat rusts.

EQUInom gains funding for process that may bring 'healthier' breakfast cereals

Start-up EQUInom has secured financing for a seed breeding program that it says might help food businesses cheaply and efficiently develop products such as more nutritious breakfast cereal.

Palsgaard celebrates CO2-neutrality milestone

Palsgaard, which makes emulsifier/stabilizer blends, which are used in products from cake mixes to chocolate, confectionery, dairy and ice cream, is the first Danish food producer to achieve CO2-neutrality....

Eggshells to create ‘first-of-its-kind’ biodegradable packaging

Adding tiny shards of eggshell to bioplastic could create a first-of-its-kind biodegradable packaging material that bends but does not easily break, according to The American Chemical Society (ACS).

Global wheat production to fall in 2016 season, reports FAO

Global wheat production for the 2016 season is tipped to be below last year’s record levels according to new data from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Mondelēz pledges to switch to cage-free eggs in North America and Europe

Mondelēz has revealed plans to source 100% cage-free eggs in North America by 2020. 

US wheat prices tipped to stay low despite reduction in planted area

US wheat prices have been tipped to stay down despite a fall in plantings and an expected rise in global consumption.

Ardent Mills meeting with farmers to drive organic wheat initiative

Flour milling and ingredient business Ardent Mills is hosting a series of meetings with farmers as part of its bid to double US organic wheat acres by 2019.

New microbes can increase US corn and soy yields, claims The BioAg Alliance

A microbe developed by The BioAg Alliance – a collaboration between Novozymes and Monsanto – is claimed to have increased corn yields by around four bushels per acre in US field tests.

Campbell Soup Co calls for mandatory national GMO labeling scheme in US

Pepperidge Farm and Arnott’s owner Campbell Soup Company has announced its support for mandatory GMO labeling on foods in the US.

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