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Period: January 1, 2015 to February 15, 2015
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Oregon Milling Company Focuses On Crickets, Rather Than Grain

A Portland, Ore.,-based company is betting its future on bug-derived protein – specifically, high-protein flours made from crickets. After euthanizing the farm-grown (and highly sustainable and enviro-friendly) crickets, they are sorted, cleaned, then baked, dehydrated, or freeze-dried to remove moisture. They are milled into fine grain flours that can be mixed into smoothies, cookies, bread, protein bars, etc. Cricketflours.com offers an array of products – starting at $15 -- including Peruvian chocolate cricket flour, chocolate peanut butter cricket flour, and an all-purpose flour for traditional baking. The target markets are athletes, people with wheat allergies, and people concerned about the environment.

"4 Questions for Oregon's First Cricket Flour Entrepreneurs", Portland Monthly Magazine, January 20, 2015

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Procter & Gamble Partners With Constellation To Build Biomass Plant In Georgia

Procter & Gamble Co. partnered with Exelon Corp.'s subsidiary Constellation to develop a 50-megawatt biomass plant that will supply steam to P&G's paper manufacturing facility in Albany, Ga. Expected to increase P&G's use of renewable energy, the proposed biomass plant will help the consumer goods company achieve its goal of sourcing 30 percent of its power requirements from renewable sources by 2020. In addition to providing P&G with steam, the biomass plant will also generate electricity for local utility Georgia Power.

"Procter & Gamble and Constellation Announce One of Nation’s Largest Biomass Renewable Energy Plants", Procter & Gamble , February 12, 2015

Companies Can Benefit From Keen Consumer Awareness Of Sustainability Issues

A study by researcher NMI finds that consumer awareness and attitudes toward sustainability and green brands are at an all-time high. According to NMI, companies can benefit from this increased awareness, though calculating the benefit may be difficult. Nevertheless, consumers who know a company is conscientious in health and sustainability are: more likely to try its products or services (58 percent); more likely to buy repeatedly (53 percent); more likely to tell friends and family about the company (45 percent); and are less concerned about price (30 percent). What’s tricky, NMI says, is measuring the actual impact of these attitudes on a company’s bottom line.

"What consumers really think about sustainability", NewHope360.com, February 04, 2015

Mondelez Partners With FLOCERT To Verify Social And Sustainability Impact Of Cocoa Life Program

Mondelez International partnered with global certification organization FLOCERT to verify cocoa volumes and commercial transactions for the company's Cocoa Life program. Valued at $400, Cocoa Life and FLOCERT will use a customized version of the FLOTIS reporting system to confirm the volume of sustainably grown and traded cocoa. It will also verify Cocoa Life premium payments made to farmer organizations. Focused on impact and independently verified, Cocoa Life will rely on the partnership to verify its supply chain, fulfilling its verification framework requirements. A research team from the Harvard University will evaluate the program's impact.

"Mondelez Partnership Supports Healthy Supply Chain", Consumer Goods Technology, February 04, 2015

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