Sustainability


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    Opinion

    How producers are driving a more connected food ecosystem

    Players in the middle of farmers and consumers will need to evaluate their business models to see where they fit, and embrace agility and resilience, writes Ernst & Young’s Bill McClure.

    By Bill McClure • Sept. 30, 2022
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    Mars unveils plastic jars with 15% recycled plastics

    The candy giant and packaging manufacturer Berry say the new containers for Starburst, Skittles and M&M’s will eliminate roughly 300 tons of virgin plastic annually.

    By Sept. 28, 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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    Kerry launches emulsifier made from acacia

    The company is touting Puremul, which would replace sunflower lecithin and mono- and diglycerides, as a more plentiful clean label alternative.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    JBS hires its first sustainability officer

    Jason Weller joins the beef giant after serving as vice president of Land O’Lakes sustainability arm Truterra, where he led an effort to incentivize more climate-friendly agriculture practices through carbon credits.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Behind 5 food and beverage sustainability programs receiving USDA funding

    Tyson and Land O’Lakes’ sustainability arm Truterra were among the 70 projects that received grants to facilitate climate-smart agricultural practices.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Perfect Day launches biotech-as-a-service business

    The precision fermentation leader’s new venture, nth Bio, will help companies with research and development, scale up and regulatory review. Its first partnership is with animal-free egg protein maker Onego Bio.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Beam Suntory to invest $400M in sustainable expansion of Jim Beam distillery

    The project will increase the Kentucky facility’s capacity by 50% while cutting its greenhouse gas emissions in half. 

    By Sept. 16, 2022
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    PepsiCo, ADM partner to cut carbon through regenerative agriculture

    Once implemented, the companies said projects could reach 2 million acres of farmland by 2030 and eliminate 1.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gases.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    Plenty to invest $300M in indoor vertical farm campus

    The 120-acre complex in Virginia will be capable of producing more than 20 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, with berry giant Driscoll’s among its first customers.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Consumers ignore dates on shelf-stable foods as they try to save money, study finds

    Shoppers are looking to get the most value out of what they spend on groceries, looking for discounts and trying not to let anything go to waste, according to Attest.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Gotham Greens raises $310M and makes first acquisition

    The new funding and purchase of Virginia-based FresH2O Growers brings the indoor farming company closer to delivering fresh produce to 90% of U.S. consumers within a day’s drive of its greenhouses.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Sponsored by Pall Corporation

    How can we safely meet the growing appetite for alternative proteins?

    As we continue to see more alternative protein products take their place on the shelf next to traditional animal-protein food, there will be an increased need for commercial-scale manufacturing facilities.

    By Dan Huntsberger, General Manager Food and Beverage, Pall Corporation • Sept. 12, 2022
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    Seth Goldman’s Eat the Change announces flavors for new tea brand

    Varieties of Just Ice Tea, which are expected to hit shelves later this year, include a few of the most popular extensions under the Honest tea line being discontinued by Coca-Cola.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    Opinion

    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.

    By Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper • Sept. 7, 2022
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    Nestlé launches vegan KitKat in 15 European countries

    The bar, which uses a rice-based substitute in place of dairy, is getting an expanded rollout as products from Hershey and Mondelēz remain in testing or debut in a limited release.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    Neutral Foods gets $12M for zero-carbon dairy expansion

    The sustainable milk brand backed by Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and LeBron James plans to double the number of stores in which it is sold by the end of the year.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Kraft Heinz opens new California distribution center

    The facility will focus on operational speed and help reduce the CPG’s carbon footprint. 

    By Megan Ruggles • Aug. 31, 2022
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    Beer industry’s efforts to embrace regenerative agriculture face ‘significant hurdles’

    While most agree action needs to be taken to curb emissions, Rabobank said progress is being slowed by a lack of consensus, limited financial incentives and difficulty measuring progress.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Vital Farms debuts ‘restorative’ eggs

    The sustainable foods company is pursuing third-party regenerative certification for the eggs, which are raised using practices like cover crops.

    By Aug. 26, 2022
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    Cargill to spend more than $50 million on sustainable corn syrup plant

    The company said the facility, which will help it meet increasing demand for the ingredient, will reduce CO2 emissions by close to 50% compared to typical production methods.

    By Aug. 25, 2022
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    Meat tax could help cut emissions, but must be significant to work: study

    Structured properly, a double-digit levy could shift consumption without harming low-income consumers, University of Oxford researchers argue.

    By Aug. 22, 2022
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    How Pescavore aims to hook jerky lovers with a seafood alternative

    The startup, which received backing from Chobani’s Incubator, uses ahi tuna to create a snack product that it said offers more sustainable nutrition.

    By Aug. 22, 2022
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    Kalsec partners with Infinome on precision fermentation products

    The companies said they will target ingredients that serve nutritional, functional, taste or preservation functions, with the first potentially reaching the market as early as 2024.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    US honey consumption soars to all-time high amid better-for-you trend

    The record comes as domestic production of the sweetener fell to its lowest point in 30 years, leaving America to depend on imports to meet demand.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Ben & Jerry’s partners with Tony’s Chocolonely to end modern slavery in chocolate

    The socially conscious companies also are collaborating on new ice cream and candy bars, debuting in the U.S. in January.

    By Aug. 18, 2022