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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.

Unilever open innovation platform targets sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging has been highlighted as a key priority for Unilever as it launched an online innovation platform in a bid to uncover a raft of technical solutions to boost growth...

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Unilever: We know there’s frustration, but ‘breakthrough is near’ on sustainable palm oil

While the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) has not been as fast as many stakeholders had hoped, a “breakthrough is near” according to Unilever’s director of sustainable sourcing...

Manufacturers moving steadily towards sustainable palm oil - WWF

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that food manufacturers are making progress towards ecologically friendly palm oil practices.

Special Edition: Stevia

Stevia supply chain is built on sustainable values, say suppliers

Greater ownership and management of the stevia supply chain has helped to build a system that is sustainable, responsible, and scalable, say leading global suppliers PureCircle and Cargill.

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Asda exceed sustainability targets through supply chain reduction

Asda has exceeded a 10% carbon emission reduction target for 2015 through the elimination of 17 million miles from its supply chain to date, according to figures released by the UK retailer.

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Ambitious sustainability goals are a ‘real challenge’, Arla

As part of our special edition newsletter examining supply chain sustainability, spoke to Jan Dalsgaard Johannesen, corporate environmental director at Arla Foods, about specific challenges facing the dairy sector....

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Challenges and benefits of implementing a sustainable supply chain

The incorporation of sustainability throughout the supply chain involves constant innovation, commitment from company leadership and a realization that it is an indefinite process, said Datamonitor.

TIC Gums launch sustainable guar gum substitute to counter price and supply instability

A texture and stabilisation formula for bakery products can be used as an alternative to guar gum, according to texture and stabilisation firm TIC gums.

Bayer CropScience gains access to sustainable wheatplasm for cereals

Bayer CropScience has reached a license agreement with a Romanian research institution for access to a wheat germplasm it says can ensure high baking quality and give manufacturers a constant...

Indonesian palm oil group ditches sustainability roundtable in favour of national scheme

The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) has withdrawn from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which currently offers the only international audit scheme for producers of certified sustainable...

Dutch proposal to end EU duty on sustainable palm oil gains momentum

A call from the Netherlands to end European import duty on sustainably produced palm oil has been welcomed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The proposal is designed...

Industry hails first global measurement system for packaging sustainability

New global guidelines on packaging sustainability will help companies reduce their carbon footprint while boosting efficiency and spur more effective communication between players throughout the supply chain, said Unilever’s Nigel...

Cargill extends sustainable palm oil commitment

Cargill has upped the ante in the sustainable palm oil stakes with a commitment that all palm oil products (excluding palm kernel oil products) it supplies to Europe, the US,...

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Malaysia is model for sustainable palm production: RSPO

Malaysia, which accounts for over 50 per cent of the world’s total Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, should serve as a model for other markets, according to the RSPO.

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International project to aid sustainable rice development

An international consortium of 22 research institutions has begun an international project to aid the sustainable development of rice ecosystems in Southeast Asia.

Sustainability not just about 'cost savings', says Barilla Group

Paola Barilla, vice president of pasta and bakery group, Barilla, is taking on the presidency of the Italian packaging trade show – IPACK-IMA – in 2012. We caught up with...

Special Edition: Alternatives to carbon heavy processes

Ardagh highlights greener processes as crucial for sustainable growth

In recent years there has been an ongoing war of words between industry players from different packaging formats over which has the lightest carbon footprint.


Sustainability: A key opportunity for US food packaging firms

Environmental sustainability offers a key opportunity for the United States food packaging sector, a US executive told delegates at a seminar at the Interpack trade event in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Studying genes may lead to higher yield, sustainable oil palms

A new research project aims to optimise the production and quality of oil palm, helping to produce more sustainable crops, by using molecular genetics to boost crop breeding.

AAK looks to provide sustainable palm stearin from 2012

Fats and oil supplier, AAK UK, has flagged up its commitment to supply sustainable palm stearin from 2012/2013, as it reveals that its full range of bakery fats now contain...

Allied Bakeries flags up sustainable packaging switch

Allied Bakeries, part of Associated British Foods, is converting to 100 per cent recycled packaging for two of its Kingsmill brand bread products by recycling its 'virgin material' bread bag...

Special Edition: Food Factory Careers

Sustainability skills can give you an edge in the job market

Specific sustainability jobs may be rare in the food industry but gaining environmental expertise can give professionals an edge in an increasingly competitive job market.

RSPO calls for faster market uptake of sustainable palm oil

Market uptake of sustainable palm oil will need to accelerate in 2011 in order to keep up with rapidly growing production, claims the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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