Sustainability


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    ADM, Benson Hill partner to scale high-protein soy

    By marrying the agribusiness giant’s scale with the food tech firm’s gene editing capabilities, the companies believe soybeans can reach their full potential as a plant-based ingredient.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    Tazo commits to regenerative agriculture with tea relaunch

    The company aims to be carbon-neutral by 2026 through practices like using cover crops and increasing soil biodiversity to grow its ingredients.

    By Aug. 9, 2022
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    Sustainability

    As consumers care more about sustainability, food and beverage companies are pledging to make their portfolios more eco-friendly. But are they making progress? 

    By Food Dive staff
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    Food waste tech firm Afresh raises $115M

    The Series B funding round will scale the technology, which helps retailers avoid ordering excess food, to “thousands” more stores.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Aug. 8, 2022
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    Leftovers: Salt & Straw adds veggies to ice cream; Snickers seasoning sprinkles on sweetness

    The desserts brand develops five flavors made with ingredients like spinach and fennel, and Fair Earth Farms creates compostable packaging for its new line of salads.

    By Food Dive staff • Aug. 5, 2022
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    Most consumers don’t understand what ‘carbon-neutral’ means: study

    As more food companies apply the term to labels, even self-identified environmentalists struggle to grasp the term, according to Morning Consult.

    By Aug. 3, 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.

    By Julie Nash • Aug. 3, 2022
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    Pepsi Bottling Ventures plans $35M production expansion

    The North Carolina facility upgrade will help the beverage giant meet demand for Aquafina, Lipton Tea and Nature's Twist.

    By Alejandra Salgado • Aug. 1, 2022
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    Investing in plant-based proteins is the most cost-effective way to cut emissions, report says

    The study from Blue Horizon and Boston Consulting Group found that not only is food more impactful than several other industrial technologies, it's also the easiest to execute.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
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    Sprite shifting from green to clear bottles to boost recycling

    Coca-Cola, which is also moving to 100% recycled plastic Dasani bottles in North America, aims to support a circular packaging economy.

    By July 28, 2022
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    Kerry partners with Upcycled Foods on protein crisp from spent brewing grains

    This new ingredient is the first in a partnership between the global company and the recently renamed maker of the ReGrained brand.

    By July 21, 2022
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    Why a medical group wants plant-based diets discussed at the White House

    The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine wants the Biden administration to make this eating option a centerpiece of its food policy conference in September.

    By July 19, 2022
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    Meat and dairy investors say climate inaction threatens their finances: study

    More than half said they are not doing enough to make companies implement strategies like reducing greenhouse gases, according to a survey from Changing Markets Foundation.

    By July 19, 2022
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    Phytolon raises $14.5M, led by Royal DSM's venture arm

    The fermented natural colors maker plans to expand its products globally, with the help of leaders in the biotech space.

    By July 14, 2022
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    Why Brevel says its microalgae will become the most popular alternative protein ingredient

    The inexpensive powder with a mild taste and high level of nutrition will eventually topple today’s standards of soy and pea in plant-based foods, the Israeli company’s CEO says.

    By July 14, 2022
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    Foodberry brings its tech to a sweet spot: fresh and packaging-free snacking

    After 10 years, two rebrands and a short-lived consumer line, the company is ready to bring its reverse-engineered fruit skins to new applications.

    By July 11, 2022
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    PepsiCo meets saturated fat reduction goal 4 years early

    The snacking giant also touted progress in water-use efficiency and direct emissions but said increased demand for its products is hurting environmental improvements in its supply and value chain.

    By July 11, 2022
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    Tropic Biosciences raises $35M to develop climate-resilient tropical crops

    Sustainable food venture group Blue Horizon led the funding round, which the biotech firm will use to apply gene editing to crops beyond bananas, coffee and rice.

    By July 7, 2022
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    Sustainable coffee maker Steeped raises $5M through crowdfunding

    The beverage upstart said the money will go toward bringing its compostable single-serve brewing process to more drinkers.

    By July 7, 2022
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    Upcycled food launches leap as concerns around waste grow: report

    More than 6 in 10 consumers said they are willing to pay more for products containing repurposed ingredients, according to Innova Market Insights.

    By July 5, 2022
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    Atomo raises $40M for molecular coffee and launches RTD products

    The beans-free startup will begin shipping cold brew and latte products that aim to deliver a similar taste as traditional options, but with improved sustainability.

    By June 28, 2022
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    Danone leads $7M funding round for methane-reducing cattle feed additive

    The maker of Oikos and Activia yogurt is investing in the seaweed-based product in a push to hit its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    By June 27, 2022
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    Ensuring sustainability: Questions to ask your packaging supplier

    Consumer concerns around sustainability and protecting the environment have been increasing.

    June 27, 2022
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    Chinova Bioworks raises $6M for clean-label preservative

    Investors in the company and its ingredient made from upcycled mushrooms include the venture arms of Royal DSM and Rich Products.

    By June 23, 2022
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    How CrushDynamics upcycles wine waste into a nutritious ingredient

    The Canadian company uses fermentation to make polyphenol-rich blends that can enhance flavor, reduce salt, block bitterness and extend shelf life, and plans to take its tech to winemaking regions worldwide.

    By June 23, 2022
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    Consumer Brands Association CEO leaving to lead travel group

    Since Geoff Freeman took the helm nearly four years ago, the once-struggling organization has changed its priorities and welcomed several members.

    By June 23, 2022