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General Mills Affirms Commitment to Clean Energy Through Wind Power

In News, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

General Mills announced today that it has signed a 15-year agreement with Renewable Energy Systems to help fund the construction of a wind energy project in Texas. The project will help the food company meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create 250 jobs in the clean energy workforce. John Church, General Mills Executive VP of Supply …

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Despite Paris Accord Withdrawal, Food Companies Still Committed to a Low-Carbon Future

In News, Sustainability by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

This week, President Trump announced his decision for the U.S. to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. In response, some food company executives spoke out against the decision and reiterated their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain. Cargill Chairman and CEO David MacLennan expressed his disappointment in a press release, saying: “Exiting international accords like the Paris …

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How Food Companies Are Tackling Climate Change

In Sustainability by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Climate change is a double-edged sword for the food industry: agriculture both contributes to and is affected by climate change. And the numbers show it. In 2015, 9% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions came from agriculture alone. These emissions hurt crops. According to a recent study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), without efficient emission reductions, …

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Report Shows Farm Animal Welfare Increasingly Important to Food Sector

In News, Sustainability by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The 2016 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report graded food companies of different sizes, geographies, and sectors on their initiatives to make the supply chain more friendly to animals. While progress is still in its infancy, the report shows opportunities for all food companies and brands — not just premium ones. Read on to learn where the industry currently …

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Reducing Food Waste Saves UK £100 Million in 3 Years

In News, Sustainability by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

The UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme saved about  £100 million (approx $360 million USD) and thousands of tons of waste over three years, according to its new report.   In May of 2013, the Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) initiated a campaign to reduce waste across the UK by recruiting over 50 food and beverage manufacturers and retailers. Participation was …

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Study Shows Vegetable Protein Just as Filling as Meat

In News, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

The next time you’re itching for a pork breakfast sausage, why not reach for a fava bean patty instead? According to a study by researchers from Denmark, you’ll be just as full. Plus, you’ll eat less later. The researchers investigated whether vegetable proteins are as satisfying as meat proteins by giving subjects a breakfast that consisted of either veal and …

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USDA Revises Guidance on Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued updated information on food product labeling, including new guidance aimed at reducing food waste through encouraging food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating to use a “Best if Used By” date label. “In an effort to reduce food loss and …

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Your Most Sustainable Food Plant

In Processing, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

Dwindling access to quality water, the effects of climate change on agriculture, overflowing landfills, and new regulations that emphasize prevention and safety are just a few reasons to take a closer look at the sustainability of your food processing practices. The larger your company, the bigger your impact can be. But where do you start? Fortunately, your efforts at efficiency …

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Trump’s Growing Impact on U.S. Food and Agriculture

In News, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food Business News recently reported on Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) predictions for an impending Trump presidency. The report suggests a few ways the food industry might approach and assess the short- and long-term effects of the incoming administration. Markets will remain volatile, Rabobank predicts, as long as uncertainty persists about the impact of Trump’s policy decisions. Global trade agreements …

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Choose Your Futures: Price vs. Supply

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Fluctuating supply prices are difficult for business. Examining the practice of futures trading in food, Food Processing Managing Editor Kevin T. Higgins suggests that better methods may be emerging. Rather than relying on market forecasts for commodities like wheat, coffee, sugar, and cocoa, companies big enough to do so might consider investing in farming operations, Higgins suggests. Indeed, some already …