Mondelēz on track with ‘mindful’ snacking goals

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Mondelēz International has released its 2018 Impact Progress Report entitled Snacking Made Right. Pic: ©GettyImages/wit88_/agungstpr
Mondelēz International has released its 2018 Impact Progress Report entitled Snacking Made Right. Pic: ©GettyImages/wit88_/agungstpr

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The Oreo maker’s 2018 Impact Progress Report, entitled 'Snacking Made Right', highlights its use of less energy, water and waste across the group, as well as its move to paper-based packaging and its focus on mindful consumption.

Mondelēz reported it is well on track towards its 2025 Impact Goals to ensure the confectionery and snack giant is at the forefront of sustainable and mindful snacking.

Last year, it expanded its Harmony project to ensure its entire European biscuit production will be made from 100% sustainable wheat by 2022.

By the end of 2018, 60% of Mondelēz’s biscuits across the EU were made with Harmony wheat.

Its ‘Snacking made right’ Impact Report also noted the company has taken a significant step toward sourcing more sustainable cocoa.

Last year, 43% of its chocolate brands were made from cocoa sourced through Cocoa Life, up from 35% the year prior.

Consumers should not have to choose

It also reported it had increased its use of cage-free eggs to 18% in 2018 (up from 15% in 2017); reduced saturated fat by 1%​ and sodium by 0.9% across its global portfolio; increased the whole grain content in its Club social crackers by 33%; and reduced sugar levels in Milka and Oreo by 1%.

“We believe that consumers should not have to choose between snacking and eating right, or to be concerned about the impact their snacking choices have on the world and their communities,”​ said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International.

“This is why we are committed to ensuring that snacking is both sustainable and mindful.”

Impact strategy

The company outlined its 2025 Impact Goals in the report, including its commitment to make all its packaging recyclable; minimize food waste, CO2​ emissions and water usage; grow its portfolio of portion control products; and include portion amounts and mindful snacking information on all packages globally by that date.

“As one of the world’s largest snacking companies, we are confronting some of the largest societal issues of our time. We recognize that earning – and retaining – the trust of our stakeholders demands a response that is ethical, lawful and right,”​ said Gerd Pleuhs, Mondelēz’s executive VP and general counsel.

“We remain committed to driving longstanding and enduring positive change in the world and in the communities in which we operate.”

Highlights of the company’s 2018 global progress:

Source 100% of our EU wheat need via Harmony by 2022

On target

All chocolate brands sourcing cocoa through Cocoa Life by 2025

On target

Maintain 100% RSPO palm oil

Achieved

100% cage-free eggs in US and Canada by 2020 and rest of the world by 2025

On target

Reduce absolute CO2 ​emissions from manufacturing by 15%

On target

Reduce water use by 10% at priority locations where water is most scarce

On target

Reduce total waste in manufacturing by 20%

More action needed

Eliminate 65,000 metric tons of packaging

On target

Improve nutrition and ingredient profile of biggest-selling brands

More action needed

Grow to 15% of revenue from portion control snacks

Achieved

Invest $50m into healthy lifestyle community partnerships

On target

Achieve world class safety performance

On target

100% of external manufacturers and suppliers certified against one of the

Global Food Safety Initiative schemes

Achieved

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