Sustainability

Food firms from across the UK and EU have signed a pledge to boost sustainability in the supply chain

Food businesses sign EU sustainability pledge

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé, Suntory Beverage & Food Europe and Kerry Group joined more than 50 food businesses and industry bodies in signing a new European initiative to make food more sustainable.

Petre comments on the four pillars of Weetabix's sustainability programme

Weetabix outlines sustainability efforts

By Gwen Ridler

Closed loop recycling, the impact of COVID-19 and the future of sustainability at Weetabix were key topics in our exclusive podcast interview with the manufacturer’s head of supply chain.

Renewable energy forms part of ADM's commitment to sustainability. Picture from iStock

ADM announces sustainability scheme

By Gwen Ridler

Ingredients manufacturer ADM has revealed plans to reduce its carbon footprint and save enough electricity to charge every single mobile phone on the planet 250 times.

Deforestation ban is being urged

WWF calls for ban on ‘deforestation’ foods

By Michelle Perrett

WWF, the conservation organisation, is calling for imported food products that destroy natural habitats to be made illegal as part of its campaign called ‘Let’s get deforestation #OffOurPlates’.

Will cheap global food imports be all the poor can afford to buy?

Government is ‘schizophrenic’ about food system post-Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

British diets could become far more polarised post-Brexit, with the rich enjoying more expensive local food produced to high production and welfare standards, and the poor relying on cheap, imported food made to much lower standards, a leading academic...

Visitors to Cargill’s stand were given the opportunity to discuss a number of ingredient possibilities

FiE 2017

Ingredient prototypes on show at FiE

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers were given an opportunity to view and taste more than 20 ingredient prototypes as part of a ‘market plaza’ at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE), which took place in Frankfurt in November.

ABP Food Group has opened a £22M renewable energy plant

ABP Food Group opens £22M green energy plant

By Gwen Ridler

ABP Food Group has invested in a £22M green energy plant in Buckinghamshire, capable of producing enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes.

Kerry Group has posted sales growth, despite adverse currency movements

Kerry Group posts sales boost in ‘adverse’ market

By Gwen Ridler

Irish food and ingredients manufacturer Kerry Group has posted a £130M rise in sales in its half-year trading report, despite the company facing “significant adverse currency movements”.

Delivering sustainable nutrition through new farming and manufacturing technologies is a key theme

Science role in food is ‘urgent’, claims tech body

By Noli Dinkovski

There is a “clear and urgent” need for science and technology to play a role in sustainable food and food security, according to a report by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

Cargill in surplus food supply deal

Cargill to supply food surplus charity

By Gwen Ridler

Poultry processor Cargill has launched a new agreement to supply food poverty action group FareShare with fresh chicken every week, free of charge.

The snacks sector is dominated by two key trends – Clean supreme and Disruptive green, says Innova

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Sustainable snacking: two trends dominate sector

By Michael Stones

The global snacks sector is dominated by two key trends – Clean supreme and Disruptive green – Innova Market Insights director of innovation Lu Ann Williams told the Food Manufacture Group’s latest webinar: Sustainable snacking trends for 2017.

Today's the big day for our free, one-hour webinar on sustainable snacking trends

Snack trends webinar: today is the big day

By Michael Stones

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place today at 3pm, London time.

Our sustainable snacking webinar takes place tomorrow at 3pm: there's still time to book your free place

Snack trends webinar: tomorrow is the big day

By Michael Stones

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place tomorrow (Thursday, June 15) at 3pm, London time.

Efficient water use will feature in our free, one-hour sustainable snacking webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15

Snacks webinar focuses on sustainable production

By Michael Stones

Sourcing sustainable snacking ingredients and hot consumption trends will take centre stage during the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

Policy experts have called for a coherent food policy as dark clouds gather

UK food policy is urgently needed

By Rick Pendrous

Government has been slammed by policy experts for its failure to publish clear direction for the future of UK farming and food.

Soil degradation costs the farming sector £250M a year

Tax relief needed for sustainable production

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink firms should be given tax relief to help them invest in improving both production and the environment, a green think tank has claimed.

Unilever's Leatherhead site was one of five sites that became 100% carbon neutral in energy

Unilever’s energy sourcing becomes carbon neutral

By Matt Atherton

Unilever UK & Ireland has become carbon neutral from energy sources at five of its UK and Ireland plants, while its parent company commits to using only recyclable plastic packaging by 2025.

One third of shoppers choose brands they believe are good for the environment (Flickr/Tom)

Sustainable food brands offer £837bn opportunity

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from a £837bn opportunity by making their brands’ sustainability credentials clearer, Unilever revealed, after researching global consumers’ buying habits.

The CPRE was accused of not thinking about food security in its New model farming paper

UK farming report slammed by National Farmers Union

By Gwen Ridler

Policy pressure group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was criticised for not considering food security in its paper, ‘New model farming: resilience through diversity’, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Rick Pendrous, Food Manufacture editor

Warning: our global diet is not sustainable

By Rick Pendrous

What with the UK's referendum on EU membership next month, the government's Childhood Obesity Strategy on the horizon and the National Living Wage now in place, the food and drink industry has a lot to think about. If all that wasn't enough,...

Britain's sustainable food future may be under threat from cuts to agritech

Agritech funding cuts will damage the food supply chain

By Rick Pendrous

The future of the UK’s agricultural technologies (agritech) strategy has been called into question after last year’s “savage cuts” in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ budget, which is likely to feed through into a reduction of its...

Mars has formed the first global standard for sustainable rice with the Sustainable Rice Platform

Mars announces sustainable rice partnership

By Michelle Perrett

Mars Food, the owner of Uncle Ben’s, has announced the first global standard for sustainable rice in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).

Industry leaders need to focus on environmental and social, as well as economic, concerns, researchers urge

Sustainable supply chain ‘must be led by bosses’

By Rod Addy

Business leaders have been called on to spearhead the development of a sustainable supply chain by concentrating on their ‘triple bottom line’ following a three-year project tackling the subject.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be given to food and drink firms to grow

Truss’s £50k grants to create 3,000 food jobs

By Nicholas Robinson

Cash injections of up to £50,000 will be given to small food and drink firms, following the creation of six new Food Enterprise Zones by the environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.

European RSPO on palm oil took place in London on June 4

European RSPO 2014

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in pictures and quotes

By Nicholas Robinson

A heated panel debate over the reality of a consumer industry based on 100% sustainable palm oil broke out at the European Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil held in London last week.

Delegates at the European Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil debated sustainable palm oil in London this week

European RSPO 2014

Sustainable palm oil pressures worrying to emerging economies

By Nicholas Robinson

Food businesses and consumers don’t understand the impact emerging economies could face if pressure to source 100% sustainable palm oil builds too quickly, Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) sustainable development manager Fiona Wheatley claims.

Kendall is the new chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Peter Kendall to chair AHDB

By Laurence Gibbons

Former National Farmers Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall has been appointed as the new chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (ADHB) for a three-year term.

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