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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.

Cascadian Farm: Further innovation needed for 100% plant-based cereal liner

It is not currently possible to make a package completely from plant-based materials, says Cascadian Farms, as it launches a bio-based cereal liner for its Cinnamon Crunch line.

Sustainable palm oil: GreenPalm, RSPO, Kellogg, PepsiCo, under fire as NGO takes aim at ‘Snack Food 20’

A new report from Rainforest Action Network says food giants supporting "weak" and "diluted" Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards or buying GreenPalm certificates are kidding themselves if...

Cricket protein bar maker seeks to ‘normalize the consumption of insects’

Two young entrepreneurs have developed a high protein bar using crickets that they say have superior nutritional qualities and can go a long way in making insect consumption mainstream in...

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Why there is great urgency for sustainability in palm oil

Increasing global consumption of palm oil poses serious sustainability challenges and raises questions about leading consumer nations’ responsibility in managing the footprint of its global supply chain. 

Grupo Bimbo to deepen ‘green’ footprint with $1.5m distribution center

Grupo Bimbo will pump 20 million pesos ($1.5m) into a new eco-friendly distribution center in Mexico City as part of its drive towards a fully sustainable supply chain.

IBIE recognizes baking sustainability efforts with 2013 awards

The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) has announced its 2013 winners for the B.E.S.T.  in Baking awards – recognizing environmental sustainability efforts in business.

Special edition: Sustainable sourcing

SPECIAL FEATURE: In conversation with the WWF: The rocky road to sustainable palm oil

The good news: Around 15% of global palm oil produced in the past year was certified by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The bad news: Only half...

How sustainable is quinoa?

Interest in quinoa has surged among consumers in Europe and the United States – but the rapid increase in its popularity has also given rise to concerns about sustainable production.

Frito-Lay makes green investment to fuel business

Frito-Lay has made green plans to shift 20% of its fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of its bigger environmental commitments.

Maple Leaf Foods CEO: ‘A global food strategy must meet the needs of the many, not just the affluent few’

Blanket opposition to genetically modified crops is “a morally unacceptable position to take on the basis of unsubstantiated suspicions and fears”, according to the boss of Toronto-based firm Maple Leaf...

SPECIAL EDITION: GOING GREEN - THE SNACK PACKAGING QUEST

Do consumers care about sustainable snack packaging?

Sustainable snack packaging may be on the top brand owners’ agendas, but do consumers appreciate the efforts and how do these green materials affect their snacking experience?

SPECIAL EDITION: GOING GREEN - THE SNACK PACKAGING QUEST

Sexy, cheap and eco-friendly: What retailers snack on

Retailer demands are tough. They want quality, competitive prices and now, more than ever, to work with eco-friendly brands.

SPECIAL EDITION: GOING GREEN - THE SNACK PACKAGING QUEST

Far from rubbish? Food waste R&D simmers with snack packaging hope

Researchers across the globe are exploring the use of food by-products in packaging materials - and snack products are not being left out of simmering developments.

Using certified sustainable palm oil no longer good enough, says WWF

Using palm oil certified as sustainable under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is no longer enough to ensure companies are acting responsibly, claims the WWF following the adoption...

‘Loyal consumers see brands as a reflection of themselves’: Kellogg

Consumers want to invest in a product that aligns with their values - and they do care about corporate responsibility, says Kellogg.

Oxfam thanks food industry for ‘bland’ and ‘complacent’ response to damning CSR report

Oxfam will step up its campaign to improve the treatment of people and resources that form part of the supply chain of the world’s biggest food conglomerates, after it cast...

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

ABA Energy Guide: Light Savings

American Bakers Association sheds light on energy savings

The American Bakers Association (ABA) has produced a guide to energy saving for industrial bakers that says costs can be significantly cut by making the right lighting choices.

Barry Callebaut targets authenticity with single origin cocoa and chocolate

Barry Callebaut has unveiled new cocoa and chocolate products at ISM in Cologne, including Cameroon origin cocoa for baked goods, and single origin chocolate from Cameroon and Java.

Large scale solar food processing under investigation

Large scale solar food processing remains under-exploited, especially in hot countries, according to a study that is due to be published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology.

Clarkson teams with Italian firm to boost organic soy lecithin supplies

Clarkson Soy Products has moved to alleviate the pressure on organic soy lecithin supplies by entering into a relationship with an Italian supplier, the company announced yesterday.

Could a corn by-product provide industry with new ‘stealth health’ ingredient?

Dried distillers grain, produced during ethanol processing has until now only found use in animal feed. But that could soon change after US researchers developed a way to turn this...

Zambian breakfast cereal to aid health, farmers and conservation

A Zambian company has launched a fortified breakfast cereal; the profits of which will secure business for poverty-stricken farmers and aid conservation work in the Luangwa Valley.

RAN urges Cargill to take stronger action on palm oil sustainability

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has urged Cargill to take clear, decisive action to ensure its palm oil suppliers commit to sustainable production, while Cargill has said that RAN allegations...

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