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Period: October 1, 2020 to November 1, 2020
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Kelp-Based Snacks From 12 Tides Offer Health, Sustainability Benefits

Another sign of the ascension of kelp (seaweed) as a healthful component of snacks is the line of organic seaweed puffed snacks from San Francisco-based start-up 12 Tides. The roasted, tissue-thin snacks, available in sea salt, chili, and “everything seasoning” flavors, are made from sustainably harvested North American kelp, which is nutrient dense and supports ocean restoration, according to the company. Kelp can grow up to 18 inches in a day, efficiently absorbing a large amount of carbon from the ocean. The company noted that kelp is a zero-input crop requiring no fertilizers, no fresh water, and no arable land. The kelp is also a different species from the Asian nori seaweed, which has a fishier flavor. “We geared the flavor profile and the texture … toward a mainstream audience and are positioning ourselves as a better-for-you alternative to traditional salty snacks like potato chips,” said founder Patrick Schnettler.

"Food Entrepreneur: Creating a sea change in the food system", Food Business News, September 25, 2020

Companies, Organizations  

Keurig Dr Pepper Brands Steer Toward 100 Percent rPET Bottles

The company’s Snapple and CORE brands will transition to bottles made of 100 percent recycled (rPET) plastic with a goal of eliminating 46.3 million pounds of virgin plastic used annually. Snapple, available now in 100 percent recycled plastic 16 oz. bottles in West Coast markets, will roll out rPET bottles in phases across the country through early next year. The company said CORE rPET bottles will be on shelves beginning in early 2021. About one-fifth of the packaging of KDP's portfolio of 125 brands is made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. 

"Keurig Dr Pepper Begins Transition to 100 percent Recycled Plastic Bottles for Snapple and CORE Brands", PR Newswire , October 26, 2020

Wildway Sustainability Plan Emphasizes Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Packaging

The San Antonio, Texas-based natural food company is launching sustainable post-consumer recycled packaging designed to prolong the life of plastic, giving it a second use before it reaches a landfill. The new design will roll out this fall in Wildway’s Apple Cinnamon and Banana Nut grain-free granola. The entire product portfolio will be updated by 2023. U.S. recycling companies had been sending plastic trash to China to process, a practice shut down last year. Other countries began to purchase American plastic trash without proper infrastructure in place. “By redesigning our packaging, we are doing what we can to prolong the life of non-recyclable plastics instead of contributing to more single-use plastics that go straight to the landfill, despite what marketing departments claim,” said Wildway CEO Kelli Koehler. Wildway, founded in 2014, produces better-for-you grain-free granolas, hot cereals, and fruit & nut snack mixes made with real-food ingredients.

"Wildway Launches Sustainability Plan With Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Packaging", Vegworld Magazine , October 23, 2020

U.K.’s KP Snacks Rebrands BFY Popchips Snack

The savory snack company announced it is relaunching the Popchips brand – not to be confused with a U.S. snack of the same name – with a new look and is moving its production in-house. Popchips products were previously made in the U.K. and Belgium, but will now be made at a new 1,800 square foot facility at KP's Leicestershire base. The snack line includes Barbeque, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Sour Cream & Onion, and Sea Salt & Vinegar variants. The smaller packs will remove 23 tons of plastic from the supply chain every year, the company says. The new design, debuting in November, "prominently features core ingredients, gives the brand standout and is more fun and relevant", said KP. It also incorporates Popchips' signature tagline, “Popped not Fried.”

"KP revamps Popchips and slashes packaging", thegrocer.co.uk, October 22, 2020

Coca-Cola Commits To Furthering Goals Of New Climate Change Roadmap

Coca-Cola has endorsed the goals of new climate change roadmap from the Ceres Company Network that stresses the importance of setting science-based corporate strategies to address climate change. Roadmap 2030 urges companies to commit to achieving net-zero emissions by 2040; achieve resource positivity across key commodities by 2030; reach water balance in watersheds of high-water stress; and enable a just and inclusive transition. An example of Coca-Cola’s commitment to the goals is a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines and Indorama Ventures to build a "bottle to bottle" recycling plant that can process two billion bottles annually. 

"Coca-Cola on board with emphasizing human impact", GreenBiz, October 12, 2020


SodaStream Begins Installing Spent CO2 Tank Recycling Machines

In a partnership with can and bottle collection solutions company Tomra (Norway), the Israel-based PepsiCo business unit is launching reverse vending machines that allow customers to return used CO2 canisters for recycling. The machines are being installed in retail stores across the European Union and the U.S., and machines are already in operation in Sweden and France. The goal of the partnership is to make cylinder exchange more efficient for both retailers and SodaStream customers, and ultimately increase canister recycling for reuse.

"SodaStream and Tomra launch CO2 canister reverse vending machines", FoodBev Media , October 05, 2020

Products & Brands  

Byron Bay Brands Launch Functional, Carbon-Neutral Cereals

Three of the Australian company’s brands have collaborated to launch nutrient-dense, carbon-neutral cereals formulated from functional ingredients supporting personal and planetary health. The “We, the many” environmental movement was created by the Brook family from Brookfarm and Cape Byron Distillery; and Brad Rogers and Jamie Cook, two of the co-founders of Stone & Wood, all of whom wanted to create “a movement where climate change is a key business driver rather than an afterthought.” We, the many* will commit 50 percent of profits to climate-change action projects, including regenerative agriculture, wind and solar farms, recycling technology and forest regeneration. We, the many’s full range of cereals is scheduled to launch next month.

"Byron Bay brands join forces to create carbon-neutral cereal range", Inside FMCG, October 22, 2020

Weetabix Introduces 100 Percent Recyclable Bottles For Breakfast Drinks

The U.K. breakfast cereal company says the new fully recyclable bottles will be used in its On the Go range of breakfast drinks, which will be introduced this month. The new packaging took 18 months to develop, and the bottle, cap, and sleeve can now all be recycled together. A statement from the company claims that 92 percent of its packaging is now recyclable thanks to the release of the new bottles, and the company aims to reach 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025.

"Weetabix unveils 100 percent recyclable bottles for its On The Go range", FoodBev Media, October 05, 2020

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