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    Why addressing methane from meat is the fastest way to reverse climate change

    Both incremental and transformative innovation are needed to help the world hit net zero emissions by 2050, writes Aleph Farms’ Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

    Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper • Sept. 7, 2022
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    3 questions food companies must answer to hit their climate target

    A recent analysis finds few industry players have determined how to reach their goal. Here’s what’s needed to create a transition plan, writes Ceres’ Julie Nash.

    Julie Nash • Aug. 3, 2022
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    Stand for something: How community outreach can help CPGs build their brands

    Food companies can connect with consumers and employees through meaningful volunteerism and philanthropy, writes Ferrara’s Tola Alade-Lambo.

    Tola Alade-Lambo • July 6, 2022
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    Why policy change and innovation are key to expanding access to healthy food

    Humanity faces a huge challenge this World Hunger Day — requiring the tools and thinking of today to ensure a well-nourished society tomorrow, writes Pairwise CEO Tom Adams and registered dietitian Kristen F. Gradney.

    Tom Adams and Kristen F. Gradney • May 27, 2022
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    Income should not be a barrier to making ethical food choices

    To create a fairer food system, WIC agencies across the U.S. must eliminate restrictions on buying cage-free eggs, writes Ben Williamson of Compassion in World Farming.

    Ben Williamson • May 16, 2022
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    Turning threats into opportunities: Can food companies successfully attack in all directions?

    Whether it's sustainability, supply chain issues, inflation or the obesity crisis, CPGs must be able to tackle multiple challenges at once, writes Sean McBride of DSM Strategic Communications. 

    Sean McBride • May 4, 2022
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    Dry beyond January: Why moderation will continue to grow

    Offering consumers beverages that fit the moment and their lifestyle is key to the success of no- and low-alcohol beverages, writes Borja Manso of Heineken USA.

    Borja Manso • March 24, 2022
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    How to reintroduce sampling to the post-pandemic consumer

    As shoppers shift their grocery spending online, food CPGs should consider these opportunities to connect, writes Jeff Snyder of Inspira Marketing Group.

    Jeff Snyder • March 3, 2022
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    4 ways CPG companies can improve performance in 2022

    From wargaming inflation scenarios to embracing data analytics, here's where to focus in the challenging months ahead, writes PwC’s Hans Van Delden.

    Hans Van Delden • Jan. 20, 2022
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    Why food companies should rethink the financial benefits of ESG

    Environmental, social and governance offers CPGs the opportunity to unlock value for investors, customers and talent, writes Molly Podolefsky of Guidehouse.

    Molly Podolefsky • Jan. 5, 2022
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    Follow the technology: Why innovation is key to more sustainable food choices

    Industry and government leaders should consider all routes to developing new protein sources to help feed a hungry world and cut emissions, writes former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman.

    Dan Glickman • Dec. 21, 2021
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    How to get prepared for the post-pandemic consumer

    The key to riding the wave of disruption is decoding the behavioral signals around changing shopper attitudes toward food as they happen, writes Oliver Wright with Accenture.

    Oliver Wright • Nov. 29, 2021
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    How the rise in grocery e-commerce is reshaping food marketing

    From creative sampling to building digital shelves, CPGs need innovative solutions to capture consumers who are scrolling instead of strolling, writes Schwan's Roberto Rios.  

    Roberto Rios • Nov. 9, 2021
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    Food companies must embrace transparency and accountability to end deforestation

    Businesses need to be judged on their progress while being honest about the challenges they face in meeting their commitments, writes Wai-Chan Chan of The Consumer Goods Forum.

    Wai-Chan Chan • Oct. 12, 2021
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    Ready for the 'Great Reset'? How digital transformation can future-proof food manufacturing

    Modern technology can remake the sector into a resilient and responsive business, even through the turmoil of the pandemic, writes Keith Chambers of Aveva.

    Keith Chambers • Sept. 16, 2021
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    False advertising lawsuits are ramping up in food and beverage

    A review of current cases and trends shows that legal action challenging "healthy," added sugar, artificial flavoring and "all-natural" claims will escalate in the year ahead, write Pooja Nair and Cate Veeneman of Ervin Cohen & Jessup.

    Pooja S. Nair and Cate Veeneman • Aug. 23, 2021
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    3 metrics CPG startups should play to their advantage

    As up-and-coming brands struggle to stand out in today’s competitive food and beverage landscape, here’s how they can demonstrate their value, writes Susan Dunn of NielsenIQ. 

    Susan Dunn • July 6, 2021
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    Ready to sell: How CPG brands can ensure a successful exit strategy

    When it comes time to divest, founders should heed these four factors to create an attractive package, writes Josh Wand of ForceBrands and Pinata.   

    Josh Wand • June 1, 2021
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    How Perdue and Mercy For Animals found common ground

    The journey from adversaries to allies required conversation and compromise and often caused tension, but ultimately proved rewarding, write Perdue's Mark McKay and Mercy for Animals' Leah Garcés.

    Mark McKay and Leah Garcés • May 24, 2021
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    6 consumer nutrition trends for 2021

    A recent survey of registered dietitian nutritionists highlights the opportunity in foods that support immunity, are affordable and provide comfort, writes Louise Pollock of Pollock Communications.

    Louise Pollock • April 23, 2021
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated consumers' use of e-commerce to buy food. The fresh meat company is leveraging tech to improve the occasion, writes Jennifer Fitting, director of e-commerce for Tyson Foods.  

    Jennifer Fitting • April 5, 2021
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    Earth to the meatpacking industry: 2021 is coming up, exit the time capsule

    The manufacturing process must change, and not just for change's sake. Lives, not just reputations, are at stake, writes Phil Kafarakis, president emeritus of the Specialty Food Association.

    Phil Kafarakis • Dec. 23, 2020
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    The future is not what it used to be: How digitization will revolutionize the food system

    While the industry wasn't fully prepared for the pandemic, technological changes in areas like processing and packaging should help it respond to future challenges, said René Lammers, PepsiCo's chief science officer.

    René Lammers • Dec. 14, 2020
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    CPGs still struggle to measure environmental progress, but there's a solution

    Guidelines are currently voluntary, unenforceable and serve as mechanisms that appear to make the problem go away without actually solving it, writes Kearney's Adheer Bahulkar and Henrique Gonda.

    Adheer Bahulkar and Henrique Gonda • Nov. 30, 2020
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    The holiday CPG challenge: Convince consumers not to trade down

    Even though shoppers may be looking to save money on this year's festive feasts, there are ways to get them to buy brand-name products. Meghan Howard of Chicory offers several suggestions. 

    Meghan Howard • Nov. 18, 2020