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    What's standing in the way of a circular food packaging economy?

    As CPGs test new bottle and wrapper prototypes and set goals to cut virgin plastic use, critics warn roadblocks could trip up their progress.

    By May 24, 2022
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    Tracking sustainable food and beverage packaging innovation

    Pom Wonderful is debuting 100% rPET bottles for three of its pomegranate juice drinks, shifting 11 million bottles to the recycled plastic annually.

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    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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    More consumers look for clean eating as they battle stress, survey shows

    The International Food Information Council's annual survey shows that more than half of Americans are now following a diet or eating pattern, while nearly three in four snack daily.

    By May 23, 2022
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    Do Good Foods launches 'carbon-reduced' chicken

    The company uses upcycled feed to raise the animals, which it said avoids the generation of approximately three pounds of greenhouse gases per chicken.

    By May 17, 2022
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    Meati launches its first alternative protein steak

    CEO and co-founder Tyler Huggins said the product's secret is mycelium — mushroom roots that give it a structure and texture like animal meat.

    By May 17, 2022
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    Ben & Jerry's launches pilot program to cut dairy farm emissions

    The Unilever-owned ice cream brand will implement regenerative agriculture practices and new technology to reduce greenhouse gases from 15 farms in the U.S. and the Netherlands.

    By May 12, 2022
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    WNWN announces world's first consumer sale of cacao-free chocolate

    The British company, which uses fermentation to turn barley and carob into the beloved confection, hopes to use its U.K. launch to highlight the ethical problems with the traditional way the candy is made.

    By May 11, 2022
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    Kraft Heinz to test paper-based ketchup bottle with Pulpex partnership

    The company said it will assess the performance of the prototype before trying the packaging with consumers and then eventually bringing it to market.

    By May 11, 2022
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    Fix these structural flaws to prevent the next global food price crisis, report advises

    An overreliance on staple crops and commodity speculation are partly responsible for huge price spikes after the Ukraine invasion and earlier crises, according to IPES-Food.

    By May 6, 2022
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    Voyage Foods gets $36M investment to scale up

    The California company that recreates chocolate, peanut butter and coffee on a molecular level is planning product launches later this year.

    By May 5, 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. 

    By Sean McBride • May 4, 2022
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    Big brands targeted for plastic reduction and refill commitments in 2022 proxy season

    Plastics remain a potent issue for shareholder advocacy this year, with CPGs such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Tyson facing calls to slash their use of the material in packaging.

    By Cole Rosengren • May 2, 2022
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    Leftovers: Tropicana invites consumers to pour OJ on cereal; Cinnabon muscles in on protein drinks

    The juice brand crafts a breakfast offering designed to be eaten with orange juice, and ReGrained's upcycled flour appears in a new line of baking mixes.  

    By Food Dive staff • April 29, 2022
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    Indonesia to end palm oil export ban next week

    The world's largest producer of the ingredient announced that exports can resume on May 23, a move set to ease edible oil price and supply pressures.

    By Updated May 20, 2022
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    Consumer awareness of food's environmental impact is slowly growing

    A report from Kearney said four out of five people are at least somewhat aware of the sustainability of their eating choices, though cost and the stigma of a vegetarian diet are impediments to making changes. 

    By April 25, 2022
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    8 carbon-neutral brands aiming to cut the food and beverage industry's emissions

    As CPGs work to improve the sustainability of their supply chains, several have rolled out products that claim to compensate for the greenhouse gases they emit.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Tobacco as food's future: BioBetter creates a cell growth medium from the plant

    The Israeli startup has genetically modified the crop to produce inexpensive plant-based proteins that can grow cultivated meat.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Color supplier GNT aims to innovate its way to sustainability

    The Dutch company plans to create a new ingredient from by-products of its concentrate manufacturing and boost the color concentration of crops to help hit its goals.

    By April 21, 2022
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    How Temasek became a leading food tech investor

    The Singapore-based firm realized eight years ago the sector held the keys to sustainability and longevity. After $8 billion in investments, its agri-food division head is more bullish than ever on its potential.

    By April 20, 2022
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    Beyond the blue: Interest in spirulina shifts to new applications

    The microalgae can provide a desirable natural color, but it's also sustainable and nutritious — and finding its way into a wider assortment of uses.

    By April 14, 2022
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    Conagra's Evol brand to introduce carbon-neutral frozen meals

    The CPG giant said eight single-serve offerings will reach store shelves starting in June and be verified by the Carbonfree Product Certification Program.

    By April 13, 2022
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    What's next for Bumble Bee's sustainable packaging push

    New paperboard sleeves for the seafood giant's tuna cans demonstrate the potential for fully recyclable materials.

    By April 12, 2022
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    Report: Food's future is more complicated than the alternative protein debate makes it seem

    The study from IPES-Food says that changes are needed to stabilize the food system, but a wholesale switch to plant-based or cuts in greenhouse gas emissions ignore some pressing issues.

    By April 8, 2022
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    Del Monte pledges to hit net zero emissions by 2050

    The canned produce company plans to reduce or eliminate most of its existing emissions through practices like regenerative agriculture or earth-friendly packaging.

    By April 7, 2022
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    After years of growing awareness, ReFED director sees a 'rubber-meets-the-road moment' for food waste

    The U.S. government's 2030 food loss and waste reduction goal is fast approaching, and consumers are paying more to eat. Dana Gunders discusses what this all means for reduction and recycling efforts.

    By Cole Rosengren • April 6, 2022