Sustainability

The Hub allows Moo Free to trace every part of its supply chain

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Moo Free unveils new traceability tool, The Hub

By Gwen Ridler

Dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free is strengthening its sustainability credentials with the launch of The Hub, a business tool offering the manufacturer complete traceability across its supply chain.

The European Commission has adopted a set of proposals to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Credit: Getty/Khanchit Khirisutchalual

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Green Claims Directive gets closer to the finish line

By Andrea Gutierrez-Solana

Andrea Gutierrez-Solana, a food and sustainability policy expert and associate director at Whitehouse Communications, offers insights on the EU Green Claims Directive and the requirements it will introduce for companies wanting to promote their product’s...

BENEO's Wigjmaal plant expected to have new heat pump in operation by June 2024

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BENEO plant to get 'green makeover'

By Bethan Grylls

The installation of the heat pump at its site in Wijgmaal, Belgium this summer will enable energy to be recovered from waste water, dropping BENEO’s CO2 emissions significantly.

Two thirds of Brits believe Easter eggs contain too much packaging. Credit: Getty/Pollyana Ventura

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69% of Brits say Easter egg packaging is excessive

By Bethan Grylls

While Britain is a nation of chocolate lovers, two thirds of consumers believe chocolate eggs comprise too much packaging – yet despite concerns over sustainability and inflation, we’ll still be dipping into our pockets for the sweet stuff.

This World Water Day, CCEP's water lead Francesca O’Hanlon reflects on the company's progress and why action on water is a business imperative for all. Credit: CCEP + Getty/Jonathan Knowles

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Liquid assets: The need for business action on water

By Francesca O’Hanlon

The diamond-water paradox was a puzzle to the man that coined the term, economist Adam Smith. Although water is, unarguably, more valuable to humans, why do diamonds command a higher price?

L-R: Food Manufacture editor Bethan Grylls with Fran Ball on stage at the 2024 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

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Arla’s hat trick

By Bethan Grylls

Fran Ball, VP of production at Arla, reflects on what it means to have won at this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards and the processes and people that helped secure the dairy company’s three trophies.

Nestlé’s has announced it's vision: that none of its packaging ends up in landfills or as litter

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Nestle's landfill-free packaging vision

By Bethan Grylls

This Global Recycling Day, Nestlé has emphasised its intention to support better waste management – an area which it believes needs further investment to facilitate packaging recycling on mass, alongside ‘enabling regulation’ set by government.

JBS said it is committed to more sustainable future for agriculture. Credit: Getty / Kelvin Murray

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JBS greenwashing lawsuit ‘wake-up call’ for food firms

By William Dodds

A lawsuit filed against meat processing giant JBS in the US should serve as a “wake up call” for food and drink manufacturers when publishing environmental targets, Dr Emily Pope of Trinity AgTech has said.

Food Manufacture examines several technologies available on the market to improve water efficiency on site and a few companies which have already started to reap benefits. Credit: Getty/siculodoc

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3 ways of improving your factory’s water efficiency

By Bethan Grylls

While water is estimated to cover 70% of planet Earth, it would be foolish to consider it a resource in abundance. In fact, in just one year’s time, the WWF predicts that two-thirds of the world’s population could be facing water shortages.

Jean-Philippe (third from left) with a handful of Tilda farmers

Me & My Team

Tilda’s climb to the top

By Jean-Philippe Laborde

Managing director Jean-Philippe Laborde of the well-known rice brand talks about Tilda’s strategy since he took the helm five years ago, from innovation and keeping costs down, to teamwork and trailing new rice cultivation techniques.

The UK Government has implemented targets requiring all firms to reach net zero by 2050. Credit: Getty / Hype Photography

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From net zero declarations to meeting emission targets

By William Dodds

With global temperatures closing in on the 1.5C warming limit and companies’ net zero deadlines edging nearer, the urgent need for emission-based action is widely recognised, but getting there isn’t always easy.

Labels on 500ml Sprite and Sprite Zero bottles will be replaced with an embossed logo on the front of the pack and laser-engraved product information on the back in new trial

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Sprite bottles go ‘label-less'

By Bethan Grylls

Sprite and Sprite Zero labels will be temporarily removed from on-the-go bottles as part of a limited trial designed to simplify the recycling process.

Rebecca Ironmonger explains how the proposed Digital Marketing, Competition and Consumers Bill will alter the legal landscape of green claims. Credit: Getty/Michał Chodyra

Legal Brief

The legalities of eco-labelling and ‘green’ claims on food products

By Rebecca Ironmonger

There has been a rapid increase in the use of eco-labels and claims by businesses that they or their products are environmentally friendly – a result of consumer interest in how their spending is impacting the planet. Rebecca Ironmonger of Roythornes...

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive will significantly change the way companies approach ESG. Credit: Getty/MTStock Studio

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How the Due Diligence Directive will impact food and drink producers

By Bethan Grylls

Last December saw the informal agreement from EU Parliament and Council negotiators on new corporative sustainability rules, but what does this mean for food and drink manufacturers and suppliers and their current way of approaching ESG?

McCain Foods publishes Global Sustainability Report 2023

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McCain Foods on track to hit 100% regeneratively farmed potatoes

By Bethan Grylls

McCain Foods has set its intentions to implement regenerative agriculture practices across 100% of the global acreage that grows potatoes for its products by the end of the decade, with details of its progress outlined in its new global sustainability...

A 'whey' cool system

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Don’t cry over chilled milk

By Grahame Keeping

Adequate cooling is an essential part of any waste prevention programme, something farmer-owned dairy co-operative, First Milk, has recently invested in to keep its whey and cream products in top condition. Grahame Keeping from J&E Hall, which designed...

'It’s a privilege to lead the ofi sustainability team' says new CSO Roel van Poppel

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ofi appoints chief sustainability officer

By Bethan Grylls

Roel van Poppel has been announced as ofi’s chief sustainability officer, responsible for scaling the ingredients suppliers’ positive impact across its five product platforms.

One area to watch closely over the coming year is green claims, says Leatherhead Food Research's Mariko Kubo. Credit: Getty/Ian Nolan

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Manufacturers fret over Green Claims regulation

By Bethan Grylls

Last year’s October Business Leaders revealed that many in the food and beverage processing sector are feeling overwhelmed by regulation. Among the new raft of guidance and laws coming into effect are the proposals around green claims.

The big Food Manufacture trends report 2024

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The biggest food and drink trends of 2024

By Bethan Grylls

From flavours of the moment, to the importance of health and functionality, to the impact of an unstable world – Food Manufacture unpicks the major trends and drivers for food and beverage producers in 2024.

Members of the meat industry share their Christmas wishes Image: Getty, Dan Brownsword

Opinion

Meat industry shares its Christmas wishes

By Gwen Ridler

With the new year rapidly approaching, we ask members of the meat processing industry to tell us their Christmas wishes and what new developments they’re hoping for the sector in 2024.

As 2024 looms, our editor highlights several key moments of 2023. Credit: Getty/smshoot

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7 big moments of 2023 for food and drink

By Bethan Grylls

As we usher in the new year, Bethan Grylls takes a look back over the course of 2023 and flags seven key moments for the food and drink industry.

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