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Period: December 1, 2013 to December 15, 2013
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Nestlé Continues To Replace Old Ice Cream Freezers With Eco-Friendly Models

As part of a commitment to use only environmentally friendly refrigerants, and phase out damaging hydrofluorocarbons, Nestlé announced that new commercial ice cream freezers in Europe would use only naturally occurring substances. Eco-friendly refrigerants include carbon dioxide, ammonia, water, air and hydrocarbons like propane and isobutane, none of which harm the ozone layer. The new ice cream freezers also reduce energy consumption by more than a third. The company has invested more than $264 million to replace synthetic refrigerants with natural alternatives in more than 92 percent of its industrial refrigeration systems.

"New Nestlé freezers to help tackle climate change", News release, Nestlé, November 27, 2013

Guidelines Issued For Sustainable Production Of Beef

A global industry program has issued a set of guidelines to help members produce beef sustainably. The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform says the guidelines are the most comprehensive developed for beef production to date. They include sustainable farming systems, economic sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability. They also require achievements in each area of beef cattle production. Members of the SAI include major beef users, including McDonald’s and Unilever.

"McDonald’s, Unilever ‘Beef Up Sustainability’", Environmental Leader, November 27, 2013

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Unilever Enlists Supplier Linfox For Sustainability Initiative

Unilever signed a Joint Business Development Plan deal with partner Linfox Logistics. Under Unilever’s Partner to Win program, JBDP deals highlight the consumer goods company’s emphasis on working closely with its strategic suppliers to achieve sustainable business growth for all parties involved. Unilever’s deal with Linfox focuses on improving supply chain capacity, flexibility, and responsiveness, as well as improving costs and deploying safe and sustainable practices.

"Unilever signs joint Business Development Plan with Linfox", Voxy, December 06, 2013

Unilever Pleads Guilty Of Environmental Violations, Agrees To Pay $4.5 Million In Penalty

Unilever admitted guilt in two felony environmental laws violations and agreed to pay $4.5 million in penalty for its failure to promptly report illegal discharges of industrial wastewater at its manufacturing plant in Clinton. U.S. environmental officials, investigators, and prosecutors claimed the company intentionally bypassed its wastewater treatment system and released partially treated wastewater directly into the city’s storm water drainage system for as long as two years. A contract employee of Unilever informed state environmental officers about the treatment system bypass on December 5, 2008.

"Unilever To Pay $4.5 Million for Environmental Crimes", Hartford Courant (Connecticut), December 06, 2013

Companies Adopt Rail Freight To Reduce Environmental Impact And Shipping Costs

An increasing number of companies are integrating railroad transport into their freight operations as part of their efforts to reduce their environmental footprint. Freight transport accounts for 15 percent of business-related carbon emissions in the U.S. Ocean Spray reduced its U.S. Southeast distribution operations’ carbon emissions by 20 percent and its transportation costs by 40 percent by opening a distribution center in the region and using empty rail cars returning from a rival’s deliveries to Florida. Other companies are also using rail as a major component of their shipping logistics, with the “Inbound Logistics” magazine reporting that intermodal traffic hit a new high in the U.S. in August 2013. Jelly Belly Candy Co. saves more than $500,000 each year after adopting intermodal transport for all its shipments. In Europe, competitors Colgate Palmolive, Mondelez International, and Nestle are pooling their shipments to take advantage of the advantages offered by rail freight.

"More Companies Find Success With Greener Freight", Environmental Defense Fund, November 26, 2013

Frutarom USA Granted Environmental Stewardship Award

Nutrition Horizon , December 04, 2013

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