Sustainability

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 James 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.

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