Sustainability


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    Motif FoodWorks

    Opinion

    Why plant-based meat is not ‘just another fad’

    We are too close to unlocking the full potential of food design and the secrets of taste and texture to pull back on the space now, writes Michael Leonard, CEO of food-tech company Motif FoodWorks.

    By Michael Leonard • Feb. 3, 2023
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    Kellogg sees positive results from sustainable rice farming pilot

    The cereal giant said the project, focused in the Lower Mississippi River Basin growing area, will inform its approach to other sustainability endeavors.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Trendline

    Maturation of the Plant-Based Meat Category

    While plant-based meat’s sales growth is slowing, investment and innovation in the space is continuing. There’s a lot coming into the space, from companies with new ideas to studies showing positive effects on sustainability.

    By Food Dive staff
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    Deep Dive

    Will 2023 be the year food plays a role in sustainability policy?

    Policymakers are starting to connect the dots between the sector — which represents roughly a third of all emissions — and climate change. But traditional ideas about food are hard to change.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Oatly debuts carbon footprint labeling on U.S. products

    The oat milk maker, which first added the labels in Europe, said it aims to educate consumers and spur other companies to provide transparency about their emissions.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Food companies say they can reduce their emissions this year. Experts are skeptical.

    Academics and environmental groups say CPGs’ reliance on regenerative agriculture and carbon credits may not be enough to realistically hit their time-based goals.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
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    Ayana Bio invests $3M to create healthy ingredients from chocolate

    The biological research company will cultivate polyphenol-rich cacao cells to add nutrition to a variety of food and drink items — but will not make candy.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    Danone plans to reduce methane 30% by 2030

    Through its new partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, the dairy giant aims to implement regenerative agriculture practices and influence governments to adopt more climate-friendly policies.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Nestlé invests $43M in Wisconsin factory expansion

    The CPG giant will increase capacity for its Boost and Carnation Breakfast Essentials drinks, and the zero waste-to-landfill facility will have several energy, water and waste saving features.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    From cloud to bottle: Richard’s Rainwater turns to raindrops for a sustainable beverage

    The company forecasts sales to top $10 million in 2023, and has benefited from growing demand for earth-friendly products and recent water quality concerns.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    Cocoa can’t be sustainable without systemic changes for farmers, report says

    CPGs are not doing enough to ensure growers supplying the ingredient are paid fairly, Voice Network argued in its biennial Cocoa Barometer report.

    By Jan. 5, 2023
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    How ADM helps other fermentation companies grow and innovate

    Through investments, expertise and agreements, the global commodities giant has worked with many startups, helping them transform their technology into food. 

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Inside MyForest Foods’ strategy to make mycelium bacon sizzle

    Research, ingenuity and inspiration to “do something useful” are leading the up-and-coming startup to eventually grow 3 million pounds of mushroom roots a year at its Swersey Silos facility.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    How upcycled food companies tackle their biggest challenge

    As more brands create products using ingredients that would have gone to waste, leaders in the industry say educating consumers is key to success.

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    Sponsored by The Hershey Company

    Hershey goodness is brought to you by solar power and science-based targets

    By setting aggressive goals, investing in innovative solutions and measuring impacts, Hershey aims to reduce environmental impact for the long-term sustainability.

    Dec. 19, 2022
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    Investors pressure food companies to set concrete deforestation plans

    Groups representing trillions of dollars in assets say CPGs must do more to prevent further losses of biodiversity in their supply chains by 2030.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Drought leads to 80% jump in vegetable prices

    Prices from producers increased 38% in November, and could continue to be unstable if weather conditions don’t improve.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    Ynsect plans US insect farm and partners with Ardent Mills

    The facility will produce more than 55,000 tons of ingredients a year, which the milling company will explore for use in healthy and sustainable food.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    Fresh Del Monte to debut carbon-neutral pineapples

    The company said it compensated for the emissions for the fruits, which were certified sustainably grown, through sequestration and sustainability projects.

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    DSM debuts clean-label canola-based protein ingredients

    The ingredients manufacturer said its new offerings have textural benefits that make them a more realistic meat alternative.

    By Dec. 8, 2022
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    Chobani bolsters C-suite with hiring of chief communications and impact officer

    The appointment of insider Nishant Roy, who will oversee communications, government relations, sustainability and other duties, is the latest executive hire for the yogurt giant in 2022.

    By Dec. 8, 2022
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    Pernod Ricard to spend $250M building carbon-neutral distillery in Kentucky

    The spirits maker said the investment “doubles down” on the future sustainability of American whiskey and the “strong growth — and growth potential” in the company’s portfolio.

    By Dec. 8, 2022
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    Precision pollination startup BeeHero nets $42M with backing from General Mills

    The startup said its technology allows beekeepers to better monitor their hives, which could help improve crop yields and reduce food insecurity.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    Kahlúa touts full traceability of key coffee ingredient

    The liqueur, which is owned by Pernod Ricard, said brands and retailers are facing mounting pressure from customers to provide greater transparency into their supply chains.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    PepsiCo to double use of reusable packaging to 20% by 2030

    To meet the target, the beverage giant plans to prioritize four areas, including growing the company’s SodaStream platform and expanding its refillable plastic and glass bottle offerings.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Gen Z embracing ‘healthy hedonism’ and bold food colors, research finds

    GNT said manufacturers can communicate their commitment to wellness and sustainability important to younger consumers through the use of soft-play pastel shades and psychedelic color schemes.

    By Dec. 5, 2022