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Big Food Investing in Food Startup Incubators

In News, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Workforce by Hilary Smith0 Comments

An increasing number of food incubators and accelerators have been popping up across the country, all with one common goal: to innovate on every level of the food supply chain. The masterminds behind the scenes are small startup companies and individual entrepreneurs, and with some help from bigger companies — like Cargill, Chobani, and Nestlé — they’re getting the chance …

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France Remains World Leader in 2017 Food Sustainability Index; US and Arab States Show Major Room for Improvement

In Press Releases, Sustainability by Press0 Comments

LONDON — Behind France is Japan and Germany, also with good performances in food loss and waste; sustainable agriculture; and nutritional challenges. High-income UAE ranks last, while low-income Ethiopia ranks a respectable 12th. The US languishes in 21st place, due to a poor performance in sustainable agriculture and nutritional challenges. France remains at the top of the 2017 Food Sustainability Index (FSI), thanks to high scores across the FSI’s three …

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What If We All Adopted a Plant-Based Diet? Study Explores Nutritional and Environmental Impact

In Research, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

Interest in plant-based diets has been growing steadily. According to the Plant Based Foods Industry, this sector now represents a more than $5 billion market in the United States alone. And a market research report earlier this year found that 6% of U.S. consumers now claim to be vegan. That’s up from 1% in 2014. (Other estimates are more conservative.) …

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Mars Announces $1 Billion Investment in Sustainability

In News, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

Mars announced yesterday that it will invest approximately $1 billion in its Sustainable in a Generation Plan. That plan includes efforts to fight climate change as well as tackle social challenges. The company has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 67% by 2050; increasing income, respecting human rights, and unlocking opportunities for women; and helping people and …

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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, Trends 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 …