Sustainability


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    Vertical strawberry grower Oishii clinches $134M amid indoor farming woes

    An intentional choice to grow artisanal fruit rather than leafy greens has allowed the firm to avoid the financial difficulties facing others in controlled-environment agriculture, according to the company’s CEO.

    By S.L. Fuller • Feb. 29, 2024
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    Why Waterdrop’s CEO sees hydration beverages overtaking soft drinks

    Martin Donald Murray said the viral water bottle craze will continue to benefit the company’s “microdrink” given its better-for-you and sustainability benefits.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Food Dive

    The food and beverage industry is changing rapidly and the actions companies take this year are likely to play a major role in defining their future. 

    By Food Dive staff
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    What El Niño means for farms and global food prices

    The U.S. could see the wettest conditions since 2019, easing some drought concerns. But too much rain could bring other problems for growers.

    By David Silverberg • Feb. 13, 2024
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    Sponsored by National Sunflower Association

    Americans feel an urgency to eat more sustainable food

    Rising demand for sustainable food products encourages innovators to look at cleaner, more sustainable ingredient decks for their food innovations.

    Feb. 12, 2024
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    Meati Foods names CPG veteran to CFO as company juggles growth, profitability

    The appointment of Phil Graves comes amid a slowdown in plant-based sales as cash-strapped consumers watch their spending.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    Scope 3 emissions data added to corrugated industry LCA

    A new tool in the corrugated industry’s LCA makes calculating Scope 3 carbon emissions easier.

    Feb. 5, 2024
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    Opinion

    Bridging the divide between the wants of food companies and the needs of farmers

    Driven by the urgency to be more environmentally responsible, businesses sometimes fail to fully grasp the multifaceted challenges faced by their suppliers. Here’s how to get everyone on the same page.

    By Ofir Ardon • Jan. 30, 2024
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    Justin’s turns to healthier ingredients to challenge M&M’s

    The organic brand avoids synthetic dyes and artificial sweeteners. It is the first major confectionery launch for the Hormel Foods-owned product in 13 years.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    US, UK lawmakers urge SEC to scrutinize JBS listing

    The global meatpacker's ties to deforestation and its history of misleading investors are cause for concern, critics say.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Jan. 19, 2024
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    6 food trends to watch in 2024

    Artificial intelligence will play a more prominent role in the new year as plant-based, traditional meat and breakfast cereal manufacturers face challenges in their sectors.

    By Food Dive Staff • Jan. 9, 2024
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    Food in space? Why University of Nebraska-Lincoln wants to grow corn on Mars

    Researchers are looking to the great beyond in their search to revolutionize agricultural science and develop more climate-resilient crops.  

    By Lydia Noyes • Jan. 4, 2024
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    Steakholder Foods crafts 3-D printed eel

    The Israeli cultivated meat company touts this as the “world’s first” product of its kind that accurately replicates the “complex texture” of the fish.

    By Jan. 4, 2024
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    Opinion

    Don’t fall for the meat industry’s COP out

    Meat and dairy industry representatives made a big show at COP28 claiming that they want to be a part of the solution to combat climate change, but Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur sees it as mere greenwashing.

    By Gene Baur • Dec. 20, 2023
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    COP28 takeaways: More than $7B mobilized for food system climate action

    With the end of the U.N. climate summit, here's a final tally of some of the major financial commitments and sustainability pledges meant to transform the agricultural and food sectors. 

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 15, 2023
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    Here’s the UN’s roadmap for agriculture to reach net-zero emissions

    A landmark report released at COP28 says wholesale changes to production practices and diets will be needed to keep temperatures in check while ensuring food security needs are met.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 11, 2023
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    Draft text of COP28 agreement leaves food off the table

    Nestlé and PepsiCo joined environmental groups in calling on negotiators to take "more ambitious, comprehensive, and equitable climate action on food."

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 11, 2023
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    The biggest food sustainability pledges at COP28, from Bezos to JBS

    Food companies commit millions of dollars to tackle methane and advance regenerative agriculture, while governments prioritize farming in climate action plans. Here are the highlights from the U.N. climate summit in Dubai.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 8, 2023
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    Over 130 countries sign COP28 pledge to integrate food into climate action

    Notably absent from the list of signatories is India, which has said it will refuse to sign on to any agreement that could compromise food security.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 4, 2023
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    Food system transformation on the menu at COP28

    Agriculture will be central to climate talks for the first time as the UN pushes nations to tackle farming's toll on the environment.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Nov. 29, 2023
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    Danone partners on $200M+ accelerator to reduce methane

    The yogurt producer is the first corporate sponsor of the Global Methane Hub’s program, which will fund research for solutions that address livestock's effect on emissions.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    NASA is helping Hawai’i farmers grow more food with AI

    Through the use of machine learning and satellite technology, researchers are working with Maui farmers to address food security and rebuild local agriculture with a focus on local tradition.

    By Lauren Liebhaber • Nov. 28, 2023
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    How Fresh Del Monte uses its farms to test regenerative agriculture efforts

    The produce giant is stepping up to address gaps in sustainability for tropical fruits by experimenting with conservation efforts on company-owned farms.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Nov. 22, 2023
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    Research suggests using more packaging could cut food waste

    Ameripen, which backed consumer research by Michigan State University, says findings could spark a closer look at date labeling and other on-pack messaging as well as how to balance freshness features with weight concerns.

    By Maria Rachal • Nov. 21, 2023
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    Snickers maker Mars to buy UK chocolatier for $665M

    The purchase of Hotel Chocolat expands the confectionery giant’s presence in the region and increases its exposure to premium offerings.

    By Nov. 16, 2023
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    How tech, venture capital can help food industry meet 2030 emissions goals

    Efforts like feed additives for cattle and implementing solar panels on farms can help producers decrease their carbon footprint, Ceres said in its latest report.

    By Nov. 8, 2023