Sustainability

Consumers are increasingly opting for cashews and hazelnuts for their taste and perceived nutritional benefits, yet the farmers producing these nuts don’t always have the means to meet their own health and nutrition needs. Pic: ofi

ofi ticks up the milestones in first Nuts Trails impact report

By Gill Hyslop

The global ingredients supplier provided health and nutrition support for 105,000 people in its cashew and hazelnut supply chains last year - one of several achievements listed in its impact report that looks back over the past 12 months.

With sites in Lincoln, Scotland and the South West, Branston is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of potatoes. It has launched trials into net zero production through sustainable fertilisers.

Branston’s race to net zero in the potato supply chain

By Oliver Morrison

Branston, one of the UK’s largest suppliers, has begun trials to assess the viability of creating net zero potatoes. Field Technical Manager Andrew Blair shares his insights into the methods the company is following and how it hopes to establish a process...

Women from the  COOPAAPROMAN community in Cote d'Ivoire organise their Village Savings Loans. Pic: Magnum

Sustainability

AWA by Magnum supports more female cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire

By Anthony Myers

To mark World Cocoa & Chocolate Day (which took place on 1 October) Magnum ice cream has released more details on its female empowerment programme, upscaling the work to reach thousands of additional women throughout cocoa communities in the West...

The programme outlines a working definition of and framework for regenerative agriculture. Image Source: JohnnyGreig/Getty Images

SAI releases definition of and framework for regenerative agriculture

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Regenerative agriculture currently has no legal definition at an EU level. However, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) platform, a group of companies that includes Danone, PepsiCo, Nestlé, and Unilever, has released a definition of its own,...

The guide will help cacao producers communicate the quality of their cacao. Image Source: Ilka & Franz/Getty Images

Cacao guide aims to help producers communicate the quality of their cacao

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

For a long time, there has been no commonly agreed way of assessing and communicating the quality of cacao, the seed from which stems cocoa and chocolate. Now, however, a new initiative has been unveiled that will aim to do just that, with contributions...

Generation Africa's agripreneurs are a testament to Africa’s innovative vision in action. Pic: Generation Africa

The groundbreaking innovations coming out of Africa

By Gill Hyslop

The ‘Kraken’ - the world’s most advanced palm nut de-sheller; scaling up Madagascar’s spice and herb value chains to benefit poor households; and a disease-free potato strain to combat Africa’s potato shortage are among the winners of Generation Africa’s...

Flavour will make or break a product, involving the senses of taste, smell and touch (mouthfeel). Pic: GettyImages

The flavour makers ramping up their innovation capabilities

By Gill Hyslop

ofi (olam food ingredients) has opened a herb processing facility in Egypt, culinary-centric Griffith Foods has renewed its contract as a Worldchefs Global Partner; and Univar Solutions and Kalsec have strengthened their collaboration in Europe.

Root Foods Co. keeps their vegetable chips simple and sustainable

Summery Fancy Food Show

Root Foods Co. keeps their vegetable chips simple and sustainable

By Deniz Ataman

Blurring the lines between whole vegetables and savory snacks, Root Foods Co. featured its line of hand-sliced, vacuum-fried vegetables like tomatoes, zucchinis, green beans and onions during the Summer Fancy Food Show which took place at the Javits Center...

GoodSAM Founder & CEO, Heather K Terry. Pic: CN

Brands

A good year for GoodSam chocolates

By Anthony Myers

Sustainable chocolate brand GoodSAM Foods has announced a strong first half of 2023 with a record-breaking first and second quarter, driven by an expanded retail reach into US, and industry awards recognition, while exceeding fundraising goals and sales.

Many of the UK's biggest industrial bakery manufacturers are stepping up to achieve net zero status. Pic: GettyImages

The UK bakery manufacturers aiming to hit that net zero target

By Gill Hyslop

UK government data shows that nearly a third of the UK’s largest businesses have pledged to tackle climate change by eliminating their contribution to carbon emissions by 2050, with several bakery operations standing up to be counted among them.

Don’t get caught in the greenwashing trap

Don’t get caught in the greenwashing trap

By Gill Hyslop

Despite high inflation, the majority of consumers are happy to pay more for products with a sustainable backstory. So there’s money to be made from environmental credentials, which makes falling into the greenwashing trap a bigger temptation than ever...

Consumers are on the look out for alternative protein sources, which the bakery and snacks categories are perfectly aligned to provide. Pic: GettyImages

The four factors driving the alternative protein ecosystem

By Gill Hyslop

While food security, health and sustainability continue to shape the food landscape, consumers are still demanding a sensory experience, which means there is a growing need for expanded protein choices that can be incorporated into bakery and snacks....

CBA's most recent survey found 70% of Brits buy half or more of their total bakery needs from the high street. Pic: GettyImages

How to get consumers back in love with Britain’s high street bakers

By Gill Hyslop

A survey by the Craft Bakers Association (CBA) provides valuable insight in understanding bakery shoppers, what gets them across the threshold, what concerns them and ‘the issues that might help us understand a little bit more about what we, as an industry,...

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Fresh calls for food to be central to climate dialogue

By Oliver Morrison

Most countries are yet to realise the full potential of including food systems in their climate action plans, according to a new report calling for food and agriculture to be at the heart of discussions.

Can Artificial intelligence solve the cocoa industry - and is it a threat to our livelihoods? Pic: GettyImages

Technology

Can Artificial Intelligence solve cocoa’s sustainability problems?

By Anthony Myers

As an experiment, I turned to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot ChatGPT* to obtain an outside eye on the current state of the cocoa industry. I was curious to know if a computer algorithm could come up with credible answers to the main issues that...

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Maple adds the sweet spot to bakery

By Gill Hyslop

The New England supplier of 100% pure and organic maple syrup and maple sugar recently highlighted how its maple products can help bakers tick consumer boxes: sustainability, plant-based/vegan, clean label, sugar alternative, organic and a good source...