Sustainability


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    Supplant and N'Robed Sugar Crystals offer new ways to sweeten

    Products include an upcycled baking sweetener that gets its flavor from plant fibers and a beverage product that coats sugar in Reb M.

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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    Local Bounti aims to prove it's worth the investment despite indoor farming's spotty track record

    With the pending close of its SPAC deal, the firm believes it can execute and turn a profit thanks to a focus on unit economics and local distribution in the Western U.S.

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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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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    Del Monte Foods leans into upcycled food movement with canned vegetable certification

    The company redirected about 600,000 pounds of green beans that would have been composted or fed to animals into two existing lines.

    By Nov. 16, 2021
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    How Blue Horizon uses food tech investments to further sustainability

    The firm puts funds toward alternative protein companies worldwide, focusing on their potential to improve the environment, human health and animal welfare.

    By Nov. 15, 2021
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    Buying less junk food can lower households' potential emissions by 29%, study finds

    Researchers also found that 71% of homes could reduce their carbon footprint by changing purchasing habits, such as cutting out unhealthy foods and buying fewer goods in bulk.

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Despite drought, almonds will keep on growing

    California produces about 80% of the world's supply of the nut, which farmers have spent many years learning to produce more of with less water.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Upside Foods opens plant capable of making 50K pounds of cultivated meat a year

    The largest facility of its kind in North America, located near San Francisco, brings cell-based meat closer to reality.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Applegate debuts hot dog made with beef grown through regenerative farming

    The Hormel subsidiary's The Do Good Dog sources meat raised on verified regenerative grasslands and contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives. 

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    Food industry is unprepared for future freshwater shortages, report finds

    An analysis by sustainability nonprofit Ceres found that Coca-Cola scored highest out of 38 food and beverage companies for addressing water risks.

    By Nov. 1, 2021
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    Unilever's Knorr to launch 50 regenerative agriculture projects over five years

    The CPG giant says it prioritizes "big, audacious goals" on sustainability over what it describes as incremental efforts by rivals.

    By Oct. 29, 2021
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    Leftovers: Brave Robot bakes sustainability into cake mix; Tropicana says you can brush your teeth and drink OJ too

    Perfect Day's animal-free milk protein enters a new category, and Beastie Boys go intergalactic in Source Brewing's limited-release beer.

    By Food Dive staff • Oct. 29, 2021
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    Climate change is affecting coffee flavor and aroma, study says

    Researchers noted additional work will be needed to determine how carbon dioxide, water and temperature impact the quality of the bean.

    By Jessi Devenyns • Oct. 28, 2021
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    How Shiru will use its $17M funding round to transform ingredients through science

    The California company uses advanced biotechnology, chemical engineering and fermentation to replicate the functional proteins in animal-based food using the plant kingdom.

    By Oct. 27, 2021
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    From its birth in a bar to an IPO, Vita Coco sets its sights next on dominating healthy beverages

    Co-CEO Mike Kirban said his company, which grew sales 9% in 2020, is looking toward innovation and M&A to expand its portfolio of better-for-you, functional and plant-based drinks.

    By Oct. 26, 2021
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    Coca-Cola, Unilever among top plastic polluters, report says

    The findings, which detail the 10 CPGs whose products produce the highest amount of plastic waste in the world, question the efficacy of companies' sustainability pledges.

    By Oct. 25, 2021
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    How do we satisfy the appetite for sustainable innovation?

    Many food and drink companies are grappling with the same NPD problem – how to drive functionality and flavor in the kitchen while being sure to have strong provenance or sustainability narrative. 

    By Greg Estep, US Managing Director and CEO of ofi’s spices platform • Oct. 22, 2021
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    Natural preservatives get fresh look amid clean label push

    Ingredients such as citric acid, ascorbic acid, vinegar and rosemary extract preserve products' characteristics, prevent spoilage during shipping and increase their lifespan.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Inside Farther Farms' mission: Using french fries to make the food system more sustainable

    The New York startup is pioneering a unique method of making fresh food shelf stable, hoping to reduce the industry's reliance on the cold chain.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    Whole Foods forecasts alcohol-free cocktails, yuzu among 2022's top trends

    The grocer will also sell a $30 "discovery box" with items representing each of its 10 trends, many of which target personal wellness and sustainability.

    By Sam Silverstein • Oct. 19, 2021
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    Barry Callebaut launches nutraceutical drink made from cacao fruit

    Elix, which is made from juice of the fruit that has been traditionally thrown away, is packed with flavonols and will be available for beverage manufacturers to use in wellness drinks.

    By Oct. 15, 2021
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    AeroFarms calls off SPAC deal after funding dries up

    The vertical farming company was set to go public after its merger with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. in a deal that would have valued the new entity at $1.2 billion, but investors appeared to second-guess its potential.

    By Oct. 15, 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.

    By Wai-Chan Chan • Oct. 12, 2021
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    Newly launched Do Good Foods raises $169M to turn food waste into animal feed

    Early next year, the company plans to begin selling chicken fed with a diet that includes upcycled food collected from grocery stores.

    By Sam Silverstein • Oct. 8, 2021
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    Mars pledges net zero emissions by 2050 across its full value chain

    The food giant is tying executive pay to climate action, and will challenge its more than 20,000 suppliers to set their own commitments.

    By Oct. 7, 2021
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    How Danone deconstructed milk to create a more realistic plant-based option

    Executives at the France-based company are optimistic the taste and texture of Silk Nextmilk and So Delicious Wondermilk will convince dairy lovers hesitant to make the switch.

    By Oct. 7, 2021