Sustainability


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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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    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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    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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    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. 08, 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. 07, 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. 07, 2021
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    Mondelēz launching vegan Cadbury bar

    The snacking giant plans to roll out the offering in the U.K. and Ireland, but a company spokesperson didn't rule out eventually introducing the product to the U.S.

    By Oct. 07, 2021
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    California beverage makers struggle to meet upcoming recycled content requirements

    Bottlers must use at least 15% postconsumer resin in plastic containers by 2022, but a recent CalRecycle report shows major manufacturers like Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch are behind.

    By Jacob Wallace • Oct. 04, 2021
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    Coca-Cola scores highest on sustainable packaging, but most CPGs fall short, report says

    While progress has been made, As You Sow finds reason to doubt companies will meet their own goals, mostly because of the reliance on plastic.

    By Sept. 30, 2021
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    Calyxt partners to develop soy-based alternative to palm oil

    The popular ingredient has been plagued for years by questions surrounding its sustainability, prompting pledges from big CPGs to source it in a more environmentally friendly way.

    By Jessi Devenyns • Sept. 30, 2021
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    Nestlé, Campbell Soup 'highly exposed' to climate risks, investor group warns

    The food giants were among 50 large companies most at physical risk to droughts, wildfires, floods and other environmental dangers, according to a report by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.

    By Sept. 29, 2021
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    Organic and animal welfare claims drive sales, SPINS finds

    These numbers, presented last week at Natural Products Expo East, show consumer concerns for health and sustainability spurred by the pandemic are continuing.

    By Jessi Devenyns • Sept. 28, 2021
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    AB InBev CFO: 'You can't hide when a pandemic hits'

    “The whole debate over finance and ESG, that you either choose one or the other, is a false dilemma. They go hand in hand,” Fernando Tennenbaum said.

    By Jane Thier • Sept. 24, 2021
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    PepsiCo launches compostable bag for Off The Eaten Path brand

    The packaging, available this month at Whole Foods Market and other retailers, is primarily made from nonfood, plant-based sources.

    By Sept. 24, 2021
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    Broiler chicken industry points to sustainability gains over past decade

    The National Chicken Council’s inaugural report notes an 18% drop in emissions and improvements in animal welfare standards, despite recent negative press.

    By Sept. 22, 2021
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    Banza partners with Beyond Meat, Follow Your Heart on pizzas

    The fast-growing maker of foods from chickpeas moved into pizza last fall after previously adding rice to complement its line of pasta.

    By Jessi Devenyns • Sept. 21, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Technology is revolutionizing food, but how can it be explained to consumers?

    Companies are making real dairy, meat and eggs without animals and using fermentation to produce new analogs, but the challenge is describing it in a way that sounds appetizing — and not like science fiction.

    By Sept. 20, 2021
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    Danone's Evian partners with Loop on water bottle made with recycled plastic

    The new packaging continues the brand's sustainability push, while providing validation for the upstart's technology that has drawn skepticism.

    By Sept. 20, 2021