Sustainability


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    Opinion

    Brands need a new model of sustainability. Here’s how we can flip the script

    Companies need to shift their focus from selling to doing, writes Kenny Fahey, president and CEO of Leading Harvest. 

    By Kenny Fahey • May 23, 2024
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    5 attention-grabbing products from the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo

    Fish jerky, ramen-flavored popcorn, and gum with more caffeine than a cup of coffee were among the innovative products featured by 1,000 exhibitors.

    By May 20, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Food Dive

    The food and beverage industry is changing rapidly and the actions companies take this year are likely to play a major role in defining their future. 

    By Food Dive staff
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    Snickers owner Mars commits $47M to slash dairy emissions

    The CPG giant is testing seaweed feed supplements and plans to open three "net zero" farms as it looks to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • May 9, 2024
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    Just Ice parent shifting scarce resources to fast-growing tea, pulling back on snacks

    Eat the Change started selling environmentally friendly, nutrient-dense treats before moving into beverages in 2022 after Coca-Cola discontinued its organic Honest tea brand.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Leftovers: Fresh Del Monte pineapples turn red | Little Bites get a little less sweet

    The unique fruit resulted from crossbreeding different varieties in Costa Rica, and General Mills purchases regeneratively grown almonds for its latest snack bar.

    By Food Dive staff • May 3, 2024
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    Checking the label: Consumers raise questions around sustainable ingredients

    An overwhelming majority of consumers said ingredients are important to them when making food purchasing decisions, but over half find it challenging to access valuable information.

    By April 25, 2024
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    Mondelēz seeks to work with tech startups focused on ingredients, packaging and sustainability

    The snacking giant said the companies it partners with as part of its incubator program will provide early access to new capabilities to develop breakthrough products and platforms.

    By April 24, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Is plant-based meat more sustainable? Experts question the data

    Researchers have struggled to replicate life-cycle assessments commissioned from companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, and are calling for more transparency.

    By Nithin Coca • April 24, 2024
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    The Weekly Sip: Nestlé unveils recyclable Nesquik sleeves | Jim Beam goes from barrel to can with RTD cocktails

    The CPG giant’s new packaging is compatible with the U.S. recycling stream, and Fable aims to enchant THC-infused beverage drinkers with its botanical hemp delta-9 offerings.

    By April 18, 2024
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    General Mills plans to cut dairy emissions 40% by end of decade

    The cereal giant is more than halfway to its goal of enrolling 1 million acres in its regenerative agriculture plan, according to the latest corporate sustainability report.

    By April 18, 2024
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    Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz invests in Tony’s Chocolonely

    The producer of slave-free chocolates said it will benefit from the coffee chain executive’s “extensive experience” in building a global consumer brand and company. 

    By April 3, 2024
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    Feeding Gen Z involves embracing the discord

    The generation born between 1997 and 2012 is crucial for success in today's food industry. New research shows how this demographic's interests buck the norm.

    By Alexandra Frost • April 2, 2024
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    Protein bar maker Aloha gets $68M from venture fund

    Semcap Food & Nutrition, which makes minority investments in better-for-you brands like Purely Elizabeth and Good Culture, will help the plant-based business scale.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Kraft Heinz, NotCo targeting deeper presence in plant-based foods, exec says

    Despite a sales slowdown in the animal-substitute category, the joint venture is planning to tap into its valuable brand equity and technology to launch more items in 2024.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Danish scientists unlock plant-based protein source from microalgae

    A University of Copenhagen professor and his team were able to produce a novel, bacteria-based protein that has a similar texture to meat.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Unilever will get up to $20.9M from US government to lower carbon footprint at ice cream factories

    The Department of Energy funding will help the Ben & Jerry’s manufacturer on a project designed to cut 14,000 metric tons of emissions annually.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Nestlé launches pair of initiatives to decarbonize cocoa supply chain

    The global food company said its new projects aim to reduce and remove more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon during a 20-year period.

    By Zoya Mirza • March 25, 2024
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    Cultivated meat leader Meatable achieves landmark breakthrough

    The Netherlands-based food-tech pioneer’s patented technology significantly speeds up the cell differentiation process by creating fat and muscle tissue in a record four days.

    By March 21, 2024
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    Food companies tackling Scope 3 emissions despite weak SEC rule: expert

    Businesses will continue working to lower their indirect emissions because of pressure from retailers and state governments, according to a sustainability tech executive.

    By March 18, 2024
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    Problem to plate: Could eating invasive species be a sustainability game changer?

    Advocates are working to get consumers on board in an effort to contain and live with plants and animals wreaking havoc on environmental and commercial ecosystems.

    By Leah Borts-Kuperman • March 18, 2024
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    Keurig brewing up compostable K-Rounds as alternative to plastic coffee pods

    The company is still in the process of testing the rounds and certifying them as compostable. Keurig also plans to launch a mail-back program for its polypropylene K-Cups, which are not going away.

    By Maria Rachal • March 15, 2024
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    To farm or fabricate? 3D printing’s role in the food industry

    As food production startups begin commercializing 3D-printed seafood, some experts question the viability of the technology in the broader market.

    By Megan Ruggles • March 4, 2024
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    Vertical strawberry grower Oishii clinches $134M amid indoor farming woes

    An intentional choice to grow artisanal fruit rather than leafy greens has allowed the firm to avoid the financial difficulties facing others in controlled-environment agriculture, according to the company’s CEO.

    By S.L. Fuller • Feb. 29, 2024
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    Why Waterdrop’s CEO sees hydration beverages overtaking soft drinks

    Martin Donald Murray said the viral water bottle craze will continue to benefit the company’s “microdrink” given its better-for-you and sustainability benefits.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    What El Niño means for farms and global food prices

    The U.S. could see the wettest conditions since 2019, easing some drought concerns. But too much rain could bring other problems for growers.

    By David Silverberg • Feb. 13, 2024