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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.

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.

Ardent Mills launches plan to double US organic wheat acres in three years

Flour producer Ardent Mills has announced a plan that it hopes will more than double the number of organic wheat acres in the United States by 2019.

Clif Bar joins Connect the Drops initiative to protect California water supply

California-based snacking and nutrition brand Clif Bar has joined a campaign to help conserve the state’s water supply.

Kellogg tells suppliers to halve GHG emissions by 2050

Kellogg will work with its suppliers directly for the first time to help reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2050.

Mixed feelings from PRE, APEAL, EuPC, BPF

Debate rages on over revised Circular Economy Package

The debate surrounding the revised Circular Economy Package rages on as some associations are not happy with the decisions announced while others welcome the changes.

Allboxes Direct launches bio based polymer packaging

‘Consumers are becoming more sensitive to packaging and its impact on the environment’

Allboxes Direct, which works with Baked By Melissa, Milkbar, Farmigo, and Jacques Torres Chocolates, has launched a bio based polymer packaging to replace petroleum based polymers for the manufacture and...

Reaction from ACE, EuropaBio, European Bioplastics, CEPI, EUROPEN

Circular Economy: Part I – What does the future hold now?

The European Commission has adopted a revised Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers - "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use. ...

Circular Economy: Part II – Serious concerns over long-term plans for investment

EuropaBio said it has ‘high hopes’ for the European Commission’s Circular Economy strategy, but serious, ongoing concerns about the long-term framework conditions in place to attract business investment. 

Top five global F&B trends, Gulfood Manufacturing 2015

‘Sweetshop of the Future’ Part II: Cupcake vending machines, black water, edible packaging, & disruptive chocolate

“There are lots of questions about the quality of our water and where it comes from, the plastic packaging used to transport it, plus the shortage of water due to...

Not just quantity: Nofima says think about fiber quality

There’s frequently talk that consumers aren’t getting enough fiber in their diets; but are they simply not getting the best quality fiber?

Junk food not the biggest culprit for obesity: Study

While many people have snacks, sugar and sodas pinned as the bad guys in the war against obesity, one recent study found little to no correlation between consumption of junk...

Dow launches INNATE resins for bags, liquid packaging, and stand-up pouches

Dow Chemical Company’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business has launched INNATE Precision Packaging Resins, for flexible food packaging such as pouches, bags, liquid packaging, and stand-up pouches.

McDonald’s Europe reaches sustainability milestone to source 100% wood fibre from recycled or certified virgin sources by 2016

McDonald’s has announced all centrally-sourced packaging distributed across its 38 European markets is now chain-of-custody certified.

Kellogg cereal ‘building momentum’ with adult varieties, but still down in Q3

Although Kellogg’s CEO was positive during the company’s Q3 2015 earnings call, cereal sales and net sales were both down.

The 'premium piece': Snyder’s-Lance plugs portfolio gap with $1.9bn Diamond Foods acquisition, analyst says

Snyder's-Lance agreed to acquire Diamond Foods, Inc. last week and one Mintel analyst believes the acquisition helps Snyder’s up its game in premium.

Puratos CEO: The future of bakery in sourdough and innovation investment

The CEO of Puratos says an age-old ingredient of bread is key to future industry success.

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