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Yumeshokunin Brings Water-Saving Toothbrush To Paris Exhibition

August 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Yumeshokunin Co., Ltd.’s Misoka toothbrush is designed to conserve water, requiring only a cup of water per brushing session. Equipped with bristles covered with nano-sized minerals designed by the company, the toothbrush has sold 3 million units. Yumeshokunin will put the toothbrush on display at its exhibit at the 2016 Maison & Objet Paris trade show.
"A Japanese Toothbrush Designed to Conserve Water", Beauty Packaging, August 31, 2016, © Rodman Media
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Seventh Generation Launches EPA- And USDA-Certified Laundry Detergent Packs

August 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation launched the Free & Clear Laundry Detergent Packs. Safer Choice Certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the product provides consumers with a biodegradable option for keeping their laundry clean. Also, the laundry care product pushes the company’s campaign for ingredient transparency within the industry. With a USDA certification that the product is bio-based at 94 percent, it also has no optical brighteners, dyes, and VOCs. According to the company, the new laundry packs are designed to dissolve in all temperatures, safe for use in HE machines, and come with quadruple-enzyme power to deal with stains.
"Seventh Generation Develops EPA Safer Choice Certified Laundry Detergent Packs Mission-Led Household and Personal Care Products Company Introduces New Line of Solid Laundry Detergent Packs Formulated With Plant-Based Ingredients", Seventh Generation, August 25, 2016, © Seventh Generation, Inc.
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Starbucks Battles Hunger – And Food Waste – With FoodShare Program

August 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Starbucks restaurant chain, which announced an anti-waste initiative in March, says it has donated 300,000 meals to local food banks across the U.S. The FoodShare initiative was launched to fight food waste and hunger with the help of the Food Donation Connection and Feeding America. FDC workers pick up Starbucks' surplus food using refrigerated vans, and redistribute it to food pantries. In its first year five million ready-made meals will be distributed to charities and expects that number to increase to 50 million meals within five years. The company will expand the program from the current 1,150 Starbucks locations to all 7,600 by 2019.
Leanna Garfield, "Starbucks is Trying a New Initiative to Stop Wasting so Much Food", Business Insider, August 25, 2016, © Business Insider Inc.
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Spent Coffee Grounds Show Global Promise As Source Of Fiber And Proteins

August 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Most people toss their spent coffee grounds into the trash after brewing a pot. Some carefully save them to add to the compost pile for use in next spring’s vegetable garden. But what do food manufacturers do with the six million tons of spent coffee grounds used globally to make instant coffee? Scientists have explored their use in biofuels, composts, animal feed and enzymes. Now a Spanish study suggests that spent industrial coffee grounds could be a source of antioxidants, insoluble dietary fiber, proteins, essential amino acids and low-glycemic sugars that could be used in future baked goods. The researchers said use of spent coffee grounds as healthy food ingredient is “a contribution to the bio-economy and the reduction of the environmental impact of the coffee processing.”
Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn, "Leftover Coffee Grounds: Unlocking 6m Tonnes of Unused Antioxidant Dietary Fibre", NUTRAingredients.com, August 25, 2016, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Viable High-Tech Solutions To Grocery Store Food Waste Disposal Do Exist

August 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Disposal of grocery store produce that is damaged, ugly, or otherwise surplus because of faulty buying, but cannot be donated, is a major economic and environmental problem. Produce decaying in landfills, for example – 35 percent of all landfill waste – is a major source of methane gas. A variety of emerging technologies can help solve the problem. But perhaps the best is so-called “Big Data.” A supermarket of any size that has access to real-time information and analytics tracking processes related to food disposal can better manage the amount and timing of what they order. This would ensure that most of the food brought into stores is destined for consumer refrigerators, not landfills. Meanwhile, unsold items are minimized and disposed of safely.
Frank E. Celli, "How Big Data Can Help Supermarkets Tackle Food Waste", Supermarket News, August 24, 2016, © Penton
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Bumble Bee Expands Clean Label, Traceability Programs

August 23, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Shelf-stable seafood company Bumble Bee announced that its line of solid white albacore tuna in water and oil has been Non-GMO Project Verified. The rest of its family of canned and pouch tuna products would be verified by the end of the year. As part of its “clean label” strategy, the company recently switched to sea salt in all of its canned tuna products. Bumble Bee said it’s committed to traceability of its seafood, noting that all of its tuna comes from wild caught fisheries. Its Trace My Catch website for tuna products was expanded to include salmon, sardines and clam products.
"Bumble Bee Moves TO Non-GMO Project Verified Tuna", News release, Bumble Bee, August 23, 2016, © Bumble Bee Seafoods
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Milk-Based Food Packaging Film Offers Major Potential Benefits

August 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
USDA scientists recently told fellow chemists about a food packaging material made from the milk protein casein. The packaging film is 500 times more effective at protecting food from oxygen, in addition to being edible, potentially nutritious, biodegradable, and sustainable. The milk-based film retards food spoilage and could prove to be an effective tool in the fight to reduce food waste “during distribution along the food chain." It would also reduce the use of plastic, a significant environmental benefit. The researchers expect the edible packaging will be on store shelves within three years.
Alex Whiting, "Eat Your Food Packaging, Don't Bin It – Scientists", Reuters, August 22, 2016, © Reuters
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Seafood Quick-Service Chain’s Mobile Campaign Explains Sustainability Efforts

August 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Fast-seafood chain Long John Silver’s has launched a social responsibility mobile ad campaign with a video on sustainability that highlights its primary menu items – 100 percent wild-caught Alaskan pollock and cod – and tells viewers about its continuous monitoring of Northern Pacific waters. Fishing quotas for the two fish species are regularly adjusted to ensure the species’ strength and survival. The two-minute video was filmed in Alaska and features narration alongside clips showing the state’s Pacific shores. Other videos in the campaign appearing on Vine, YouTube and Facebook, will discuss family and food quality.
Alex Samuely, "Long John Silver’s Highlights Corporate Sustainability With Snackable Mobile Videos", Mobile Marketer, August 19, 2016, © Napean LLC
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L'Oreal USA Joins U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership

August 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal USA said it has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, which acknowledges the company as one of the leading green power users in the country. According to the company, it is using almost 27 million kilowatt-hours of environment-friendly power yearly, enough to meet 33 percent of its electricity requirements. Most of its green power comes from on-site solar power installations and those supplied by utility firms. Its growing adoption of green power is part of the company’s Sharing Beauty with All sustainability initiative, which seeks to reduce its carbon dioxide emission in the US by 60 percent by 2020, compared with its 2005 levels.
"EPA Recognizes L'Oréal USA Among Nation's Leading Green Power Users", L'Oréal, August 18, 2016, © L'Oréal
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Euromonitor Acts To Save Orangutan Habitat In Indonesia Through Reforestation

August 16, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Euromonitor announced it is sponsoring reforestation in Indonesia, where forest fires and palm oil plantations have taken their toll on the habitat of native orangutans. The animals were recently added to the critically endangered list because, under current conditions, they are likely to become extinct in the wild. Euromonitor’s replanting program has already begun, with the first 10 hectares of land reforested with a total of 11,221 seedlings purchased from the Mantangia Village Nursery between December 2015 and April 2016.  The company expects to replant 1,000 hectares during its Carbon Balance Program.
Cat Hodgson, "Deforestration, Palm Oil, the Orangutan, and Euromonitor’s Carbon Balance Programme", Blog entry, Euromonitor International, August 16, 2016, © Euromonitor
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L'Oreal Plans To Build Solar Power Installation In Kentucky

August 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal plans to build a solar panel installation at its manufacturing facility in Florence, Kentucky. Designed to generate as much as 1.5 megawatts of electricity each year, the proposed solar power project is significant because Kentucky is one of the top coal-producing states in the US. Part of the company's Sharing Beauty with All sustainability initiative, the solar installation will help L'Oreal reduce its carbon footprint by 2020.
Deanna Utroske, "L’Oréal to build solar installation in Kentucky", Cosmetics Design, August 15, 2016, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Millennial Moms Want Food/Beverage Transparency, And Are Increasingly Getting Just That

August 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
CPG food and beverage brands are increasingly aware that health-conscious Millennial consumers are concerned about the ingredients in the products they buy, and where they came from. Even companies like healthy beverage producer AquaBall, which introduced a novelty round-shaped package several years ago, concluded that the ingredients list was more important than package shape. To remove preservatives, it had to switch to a process that precluded the round shape. It ended up with oval. A large number of CPG firms are cleaning up their nutrition panels by reducing the overall number of ingredients, and particularly preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, and even strange-sounding but natural substances. “Transparency is the coin of the realm,” said Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison recently.
Dale Buss, "Clean Labels Become CPG Imperative in Era of Healthier Food", Brandchannel, August 10, 2016, © Interbrand
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Closed Loop Co-op Process Turns Food Waste Into Food

August 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Boston, Mass.-area co-op named CERO (Cooperative Energy, Recycling and Organics) comprises three garbage haulers whose job is to gather and compost food waste collected from restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores and schools. (The organizations pay the co-op to collect the garbage.) Once the scraps undergo microbial digestion – about a year later – the compost is distributed to regional farms to be used to grow vegetables. That produce in turn is sold to local restaurants, stores, etc., forming a closed loop. The worker-owned cooperative also keeps the profits in the community.
Yawu Miller, "Closing the Food Loop: A Compost Firm Grows", The Bay State Banner, August 10, 2016, © Bay State Banner
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Cargill Turkeys Will Be Antibiotics-Free By 2017

August 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Food and agricultural production giant Cargill announced it has ended the use of the antibiotic gentamicin – used to prevent disease in animals and humans – in its turkey business. The company’s two largest turkey brands, Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms, will be affected; antibiotics-free birds will be available in stores in 2017. However, birds will continue to receive antibiotics for control and treatment of disease. The company also announced it is expanding its antibiotics-free turkey products through the creation of a new Honest Turkey product line, whose birds have never been treated with antibiotics. Cargill says it is committed to reducing use of shared-class – i.e., for human and animal use – antibiotics in food animals processed for protein and by-products.
"Cargill Turkey Slices Antibiotic Use, Creates Honest Turkey Antibiotic-Free Product Line", News release, Cargill, August 09, 2016, © Cargill, Incorporated
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New Whole Foods Store Features Advanced Eco-Friendly Refrigeration

August 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A new advanced grocery refrigeration system installed by Whole Foods in California eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions. Unveiled in a new store in Santa Clara, the system prevents the release of the 7,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide normally generated by a typical supermarket. The Hydrocarbon/CO2 Cascade System cuts the environmental impact of refrigerants to zero by using propane, a natural refrigerant, to condense carbon dioxide, the eco-friendliest refrigerant available. At the same time, a heat-reclaim technology uses the heat generated by the system to preheat water for the store’s later use.
"Whole Foods Installs Country’s Greenest Refrigeration System", Progressive Grocer, August 08, 2016, © Stagnito Business Information
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Smart Brewers Find Ways To Re-Purpose The Byproducts Of Beer-Making

August 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The problem for craft beer brewers is what to do with the thousands of pounds of spent hops and grains used to make the beer so popular among today’s beer lovers. Jeff Fegley of eastern Pennsylvania, for example, uses Czech Saaz hops to make his Knuckleball blonde ale. But he no longer carts the spent grain to the landfill. He ships it to a local farm where it is used to feed the cattle that end up as prime cuts of beef found on local restaurant menus, including Fegley’s own Allentown and Bethlehem BrewWorks. Spent grain isn’t just used as cattle feed. Farmers, bakers and entrepreneurs are using spent grain to make, for example, edible six-pack rings and to feed the spent-grain boiler used at an Alaska brewery.
Christina Tatu, "Bread from Beer: Brewers Get Creative with Spent Grains", The Morning Call, August 08, 2016, © The Morning Call
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App Helps British Restaurants Sell Meals Otherwise Destined For The Landfill

August 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Danish entrepreneurs have developed a smartphone app that makes it easier for people to buy edible food cheaply from British restaurants that might otherwise toss it into a waste bin. A U.K. government report in May revealed that 1.1million tons of food are "avoidably" thrown out every year. Too Good To Go connects food buyers with top flight eateries that have trash-bound meals at prices ranging from $2.63 to $4.99. The app, which is already available in Brighton, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, will debut this month in London, where more than a hundred restaurants will participate in the initiative.
Kate Nelson, "The App that Lets You Order Cheap Food from Restaurants that Would Be Thrown In The Bin", The Independent, August 07, 2016, © Independent Digital News and Media Ltd.
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Wendy’s Creates Timeline For Making Its Chicken Antibiotics-Free

August 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Fast-food chain Wendy’s, like McDonald’s, has caught on to the fact that drug-resistant pathogens are a growing health problem linked to the widespread use of antibiotics in beef, pork, and poultry. Or at least they’ve caught on to the fact that their customers are aware of it. Wendy’s hasn’t acted as quickly as McDonald’s, which recently announced its chicken is 100 percent antibiotics free. The company says it’s establishing a timeline for eliminating drugs from its poultry supply chain, after the Natural Resources Defense Council awarded Wendy’s and a dozen other fast-food chains a grade of “F” because they lacked a timeline or firm policy for ridding their birds of antibiotics.
Chris Morran, "Wendy’s Quietly Getting Rid Of Antibiotics In Chicken", Consumerist, August 05, 2016, © Consumer Media LLC
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Unilever Creates Platform For Achieving Zero-Waste Within Its Supply Chain

August 4, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever announced a new supplier collaboration platform focused on achieving zero-waste across its entire supply chain. Zero-waste is a fundamental pillar of the company’s sustainable growth strategy that also includes resource resiliency and dealing with climate change. Unilever has eliminated non-hazardous waste delivery to landfills at more than 600 sites in 70 countries, saving $200 million while creating hundreds of jobs. The supplier collaboration platform, developed with shared value consultancy 2degrees, will be operational by the end of the year.
Willow Aliento , "Unilever announces new partnership to scale up sustainability", The Fifth Estate , August 04, 2016, © The Fifth Estate Pty Ltd
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McDonald’s Menu Gets Cleaner And Cleaner

August 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Facing stiff competition from restaurant chains whose foods are less likely to contain questionable ingredients, McDonald’s announced a handful of menu updates intended to appeal to picky eaters. The company removed artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets, pork sausage patties, omelet-style eggs, and scrambled eggs. It introduced buns without high fructose corn syrup that will eventually replace the buns used in Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, hamburgers, etc. And, lastly, it has completed a transition to antibiotics-free chicken, 12 months ahead of schedule. A company spokesman said “it’s time for all fast and casual restaurants to address the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance” by working with suppliers who provide antibiotics-free poultry.
Chris Morran, "McDonald’s Removing Preservatives From Some Items; Nuggets Now 100% Antibiotics-Free", Consumerist, August 01, 2016, © Consumer Media LLC
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British Grocery Chain Packs Nutritious Pasta Into Eco-Friendly Packages

July 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
U.K.-based supermarket chain Waitrose has begun using packaging that is made from 15 percent food waste. The company recently introduced two dry fusilli pastas made from green peas and red lentils, both of which are packaged in the new eco-friendly boxes, which cut the use of virgin tree pulp by 15 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent. The pasta boxes are also 100 percent recyclable. The new pastas are high in protein, a good source of fiber, and gluten-free.
"Waitrose Launches New Pasta in Boxes Made from Food Waste", FoodBev, July 29, 2016, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Grocery Chain Turns Food Waste Into Electricity

July 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A New England grocery chain has begun collecting inedible food waste from its stores and processing it into biogas that fuels an electricity generator. The Stop & Shop chain collects and processes 95 tons of waste a day at the plant that opened in April, turning the waste into energy using an anaerobic digestion technology, while keeping it out of landfills. The facility generates 1.14 megawatts of electricity a day, roughly 40 percent of the energy required by the next-door distribution center. The company plans to open more processing facilities in Connecticut.
"Stop & Shop Converts Inedible Food Into Energy", The Huffington Post, July 27, 2016, © TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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Smart System Helps Singapore Hotel Reduce Restaurant Food Waste

July 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Singapore hotel has installed a system in its kitchen that helps it forecast more accurately how much to cook, ensuring that it is not overproducing and wasting food. The Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa’s system, developed by U.K.-based Winnow Solutions, uses a smart meter integrated with a kitchen's waste bin. A scale, an LCD panel and wireless connectivity automatically weighs discarded food and displays the dollar value. The hotel’s general manager says Sofitel SIngapore has reduced its food waste by two to four percent since the smart system was installed. The country’s National Environment Agency estimates that 790,000 tons of food were thrown away in 2014.
Lisabel Ting, "Smart Kitchen System Checks Food Wastage", The Straits Times, July 27, 2016, © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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Food Waste Can Only Be Reduced If People Are Aware Of The Problem

July 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A study by Ohio State University scientists has determined that Americans, who waste a lot of food each year, would be more likely to take steps to reduce waste if they understood the magnitude of the problem. About 80 billion pounds of food are tossed into America’s trash cans each year, wasting money and burdening the environment. Only fifty-three percent of respondents to a national survey, however, knewc that food waste is a problem – about ten percent higher than in a 2015 survey, but “still amazingly low.” The researchers said increasing awareness of the problem would lead to “purposeful action to reduce food waste.” Other findings: only 58 percent thought wasting food is bad for the environment; and only 42 percent believe that food waste is a major source of money waste.
"American Consumers Don’t Understand the Impact of Food Waste", Institute of Food Technologists, July 22, 2016, © Institute of Food Technologists
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Wal-Mart Urges Suppliers To Remove Toxic Chemicals From Products

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has called on its suppliers to remove eight harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde and triclosan, from their products. Developed in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, the list is part of the retailer's efforts to remove toxic chemicals from household goods. Also, the release of the list of chemicals follows the retailer's announcement in 2013 of its plan to ask suppliers to cut the levels of some substances in personal-care, cleaning, and beauty products, as well as encourage them to find alternatives.
Lauren Coleman-Lochner and Andrew Martin, "Wal-Mart Asks Its Suppliers to Stop Using Eight Chemicals", Bloomberg, July 20, 2016, © Bloomberg LP
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Papa John’s Completes Transition To Antibiotics-Free Chicken

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Pizza delivery chain Papa John’s announced it has taken only eight months to complete its transition to antibiotics-free, vegetarian-fed chicken in its menu items. The company features grilled chicken pizza toppings as well as chicken poppers (boneless, skinless chicken breast chunks similar to McDonald’s McNuggets). In recent years Papa John’s has removed other objectionable ingedients from its foods: preservatives BHA and BHT; flavor enhancer MSG; cellulose and partially hydrogenated oils; artificial flavors and synthetic colors; and high-fructose corn syrup. The company has also committed to serving only meat from cage-free chickens by the end of the year.
"Papa John's Announces Completion Of Transition To Antibiotic-Free Grilled Chicken Pizza Toppings And Poppers", News release, Papa John's, July 20, 2016, © Papa John's International Inc.
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Package Sensor Technologies Will Help Reduce Food Waste

July 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A presentation at a recent food science meeting outlined how “intelligent packaging” of food will help reduce food waste. Michigan State University adjunct professor Claire Sand said innovative packaging equipped with a variety of sensors will communicate shelf life, freshness and quality to consumers. Some, such as time-temperature indicators, are already in use on seafood and other food packages. New degradation sensors that detect spoilage can measure product decay and change color to warn consumers.  “We’re very close to being able to do this for a multitude of foods,” Sand told the Institute of Food Technologists symposium.
"New Sensors on Packages Can Detect Spoiled Foods", News release, Institute of Food Technologists, July 19, 2016, © Institute of Food Technologists
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Take-And-Bake Pizza Chain To Serve Only Antibiotics-Free Chicken

July 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
National pizza-kit restaurant chain Papa Murphy’s announced it is beginning a transition to antibiotics-free, vegetarian-fed chicken in all of its 1,500 locations. The chain is also committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from its food by 2017. It is working to eliminate palm oil and high-fructose corn syrup from menu items by this fall. It has already eliminated monosodium glutamate from its offerings. Papa Murphy’s is the largest take-and-bake pizza brand in the U.S., and also offers salads, sides and desserts.
"Papa Murphy's Is The First National Pizza Brand to Serve Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics", News release, Papa Murphy's, July 18, 2016, © Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc.
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Stevia Producer Expands Agronomy Program

July 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Stevia producer PureCircle said it will invest another $100 million in a program to create the world’s largest natural supply of stevia for the food and beverage industry. The PureCircle Agronomy Program hopes to expand stevia growing to 15 regions beyond China. The company said the expansion will result in a 10,000-hectare pipeline of stevia. The program is focused on sustainable agricultural expansion, R&D to create advanced stevia varieties, and training and support of farmers.
Rachel Quenzer, "PureCircle Announces $100 Million Investment In Agronomy Program", News release, PureCircle, July 18, 2016, © PureCircle
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Tesco Extends Sustainability Support To Cocoa Certified By Rainforest Alliance

July 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
All cocoa used by Tesco in its in-house chocolate products in the U.K., as well as all cocoa used in other Tesco foods, will be certified by 2018 by the Rainforest Alliance as responsibly and sustainably sourced, the company announced. Certification by the Alliance supports cocoa-growing communities, helps increase farmer income, safeguards soils and conserves wildlife. Other Tesco food products that will contain only certified cocoa include biscuits, cakes, desserts and cereals. Tesco cooperates with several sustainability programs: the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Cocoa Horizons and Fairtrade.
"Tesco to Source Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Cocoa For All of Its Own Label Chocolate in the UK", News release, Tesco, July 15, 2016, © Tescoplc.com
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Online Health Food Retailer Profits From Program To Reduce Waste

July 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A British online health food, beverage and supplement retailer hopes to raise $130,000 through crowdfunding to expand its program of selling out-of-date products at steep discounts. Vitalife’s “Love Health Hate Waste” initiative, launched a year ago, has kept nearly a million dollars’ worth of foods, drinks and supplements from ending up in landfills. The company said it was throwing away products that had reached their best-used-before date but were still “perfectly fit for consumption and legal to sell.” The company sells the products at discounts as high as 90 percent off retail. Under the program, which is expected to turn an $800,000 profit this year, “we are making healthy food and drink accessible to everyone,” a spokesman said.
Edward Devlin, "Vitalife in Crowdfunding Bid for Love Health Hate Waste", The Grocer, July 15, 2016, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Funding Available For Food Waste Projects From “Impact Investor”

July 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The charitable arm of a venture fund focused on “impact investment” is conducting a search for fundable projects that address America’s food waste crisis. The Closed Loop Foundation says there are a lot of innovative solutions to food waste that lack capital to get off the ground. Proposals for funding can be submitted on the foundation’s website by individuals or groups with food waste ideas until August 12. Grants and loans will range from $25,000 to $50,000. The Fund typically awards no-interest loans to cities and municipalities and low-interest loans to businesses. The Closed Loop Fund is a social impact fund investing $100 million to support recycling of products and packaging. It is primarily sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.
Krithika Varagur, "Have A Bright Idea To Reduce Food Waste? This Group Wants To Fund It.", The Huffington Post, July 15, 2016, © TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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Simple, Inexpensive Products That Help Extend The Fridge Life Of Produce

July 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Huffington Post, whose website is sponsoring a “Reclaim” project to help consumers cut food waste in the home, has compiled a list of nine inexpensive products that preserve the freshness of herbs, fruits and vegetables in the fridge. Sheets of Fresh Paper ($9.99), for example, line the crisper drawer or the mixed greens salad box, to keep produce fresh two to four times longer. They are made from edible organic spices. The Mastrad Keep Sack ($10.28) is a cotton bag that keeps up to four pounds of onions out of sunlight, preventing sprouting. Other products keep cheese moist, fight harmful pathogens, preserve fresh herbs, soak up ethylene gas that ripens fruits too quickly, prevent garlic sprouting by keeping them in the dark, etc.
Julie R. Thomson, "9 Clever Products That’ll Help Prevent Your Produce From Rotting", The Huffington Post, July 15, 2016, © TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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Unilever, IFF Partner With Nongovernment Groups To Support Haiti's Vetiver Farmers

July 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. launched Vetiver Together, a partnership with leading nongovernment organizations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. Also, the program aims to improve food security, increase yields, and diversify farmers’ income in a sustainable way. At the same time, the campaign seeks to help empower women and promote protection of the environment. Haiti produces some of the world’s best vetiver, the source of oil commonly used in various fragrances Unilever uses in brands, including Axe and Impulse.
"IFF and Unilever Launch Partnership to Improve the Lives of Vetiver Farming Communities in Haiti", Business Wire, July 14, 2016, © Business Wire
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Dannon Rids Yogurt Brands Of GMO Ingredients, And Will Clearly Label GMO Products

July 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Dannon unveiled yogurts under the Dannon and Oikos brands that contain no GMO ingredients. The company said it plans to transition all yogurt brands, including Danimals, to non-GMO content, and will also clearly label products still containing GMO ingredients. The next step in the process will come in 2017, when Dannon will ensure that the cows that supply milk for its flagship brands will be raised on non-GMO feed. The company will convert 80,000 acres of farmland to produce non-GMO crops
"Dannon Brings non-GMO Ingredient Options And Clear-Labels Commitment", News release, Dannon, July 14, 2016, © Dannon
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Using Advanced Technology To Battle Food Waste

July 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A number of technological innovations designed to reduce food waste are making their way to the marketplace. Intelligent food labeling, smartphone apps, intelligent refrigerators, etc., could transform the way consumers shop for food and prevent edible food from ending up in the trash. Samsung’s Family Hubrefrigerator, to be unveiled in the U.K. this fall at a price of nearly $6,000, will feature three cameras, Amazon’s voice-responsive AI assistant, and a WIFI connection to the Internet. The cameras allow shoppers to check what’s in the fridge while in the grocery store. Other innovations include: stick-on “leftover labels” that change color – green means still edible, red means it’s time to toss; and a free app, Olio, which connects people locally with others who have leftover food to give away.
Rebecca Smithers, "Tech Innovations That Could Reduce Food Waste", The Guardian, July 14, 2016, © Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies
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Tom's Of Maine Launches Campaign To Promote School-Based Sustainability Efforts

July 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Tom's of Maine launched its “Green Your School Fund” campaign to promote school projects that aim to protect the environment. As part of the initiative, the company partnered with DonorsChoose.org to give $1 million to classrooms across the US to encourage students to support sustainability efforts. According to the company, more than 250 school projects from 40 states were submitted. Members of the panel of judges include celebrity Kevin Jonas, The Huffington Post enterprise editor and senior reporter Kate Sheppard, and TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. Cash prizes await the winning projects, including $25,000 for the project that will receive the most votes.
"Tom's of Maine "Green Your School Fund" Invites Public to Make a Difference for Communities and the Planet by Voting for Favorite Classroom Projects", PR Newswire, July 14, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Innovative Technologies Turn Food Processing Waste Into Healthful Powders

July 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A start-up based in Colorado has combined five “eco-sustainability” technologies that preserve, dehydrate and mill “almost any raw food” to create healthful food powders. Its first product is a powder made from orange peels left over from juice production in Mexico. The powder can be sprinkled on salads, blended into smoothies, baked into recipes, etc. NewfoodZ has now launched an Indiegogo funding campaign to raise $1.5 million over 45 days to expand the business to Alaska. There it hopes to apply the technology to Native American salmon processing waste. Upcoming projects will target apples, sweet potatoes and carrots.
"NewfoodZ Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Reduce Industrial Food Waste", News release, NewfoodZ, July 13, 2016, © NewfoodZ
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Tesco To Sell Only Cage-Free Eggs By 2025

July 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
U.K. grocery retailer Tesco said it will stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2025. It made the decision following a focused review of its egg-sourcing strategy, which included meetings with suppliers, industry experts, and other interested parties. The decision follows other sustainability initiatives, including a Fair For Farmers Guarantee for dairy farmers, guaranteed high-value contracts for U.K. potato farmers, and sustainable farming programs for lamb farmers and cheese producers.
"Tesco to stop selling caged eggs by 2025", Tesco, July 13, 2016, © Tescoplc.com
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The Body Shop Launches Monkey-Themed Campaign On Tinder

July 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer The Body Shop launched a marketing campaign on dating app Tinder to promote the company's Bio-Bridges program to protect endangered species. Reggie, a Red Shanked Douc monkey from Vietnam, serves as the brand's representative. Reggie's Tinder profile provides details about the Bio-Bridges program, which aims to restore wildlife corridors in damaged habitats and help endangered species reconnect, breed, and thrive.
"The Body Shop Trials 'Gorilla' Marketing with Monkey Tinder Takeover", CNW, July 07, 2016, © CNW Group Ltd.
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Revlon Names Pamela Gill Alabaster Head Of Global Communications And CSR

July 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Revlon, Inc. said it has appointed Pamela Gill Alabaster to manage the company’s Global Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility department. Alabaster’s responsibilities will include managing the beauty brand’s global internal and external communications, public affairs, and CSR programs and initiatives. She will report to Revlon president and CEO Fabian Garcia.
"Revlon, Inc. Appoints Pamela Gill Alabaster to Lead Global Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility", Revlon, July 07, 2016, © Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
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Kroger Outlines Expanded “Eco-Stewardship” Goals For Next Four Years

July 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Kroger Co.’s expanded sustainability goals include a commitment to 100 percent sustainable seafood and a transition to a cage-free egg supply chain by 2020. CEO Rodney McMullen said the company wants to be a “positive force for change” while driving sustainability and innovation across the supply chain. The company said it is also committed to optimizing all corporate brand packaging, and implementing zero waste in at least 90 percent of its facilities over the next four years.
"Kroger Announces Sustainability Goals for 2020", News release, Kroger , July 07, 2016, © The Kroger Co.
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L'Oreal Australia Partners With TerraCycle To Launch Recycling Program For Used Personal Care And Beauty Packaging

July 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal Australia said it has partnered with TerraCycle to recycle used personal care and beauty packaging through the FREE Beauty Products Recycling Program. Involving the company's Garnier, L'Oreal Paris, and Maybelline brands, the program will allow Australian consumers to recycle their personal care and beauty packaging by signing up for free. L'Oreal said the program is part of its Sharing Beauty with All sustainability initiative.
"TerraCycle Partnership", L’Oréal, July 06, 2016, © L’Oréal
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Unilever Thailand, Local Marketers Receive Call From Government For Support For Start-Ups And Sustainable Growth

July 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak called on Unilever Thailand and the Marketing Association of Thailand to support the government's Pracha Rath project to help local business start-ups. Speaking at the business forum “Mobilizing Collective Action to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of a Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty World,” the government executive said Pracha Rath promotes close collaboration between the government and private sectors, as well as the people, to promote sustainable development and economic growth.
Kwanchai Rungfapaisarn And Nataya Thiraporn, "Unilever, marketing groups urged to support start-ups", THE NATION , July 05, 2016, © www.nationmultimedia.com
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L'Oreal Opens Upgraded Manufacturing Plant With Sustainable Features In Italy

July 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal Italy introduced its renovated manufacturing plant outside the city of Turin. Featuring a fully robotized production process, the factory is carbon neutral. According to the company, the renovation enabled the factory to eliminate 9,000 tons of potential carbon emission per year. By combining different renewable sources, including 14,000 solar panels and the use of biogas for the production process, the company has greatly improved the factory's sustainability features.
Sandra Salibian , "L’Oréal Italy Unveils Renovated, Sustainable Plant", Women's Wear Daily, July 05, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Scientists Seek A Way To Use Nutrient-Rich Berry Pomace In Bread

June 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The British government has awarded $291,000 to food scientists at the University of Huddersfield to work with a blackcurrant juice maker to come up with a way to turn the leftover pomace into food. Scientists believe the pomace – pulp, seeds, and stems – can be turned into an edible substance that can enrich the polyphenol and fiber content of bread, muffins, biscuits and breakfast foods. The Huddersfield scientists are working with British company Lucozade Ribena Suntory, maker of the Ribena blackcurrant drink brand. The company normally discards the pomace after making the juice.
Chloe Glover, "University of Huddersfield Take on Government Project to Turn Blackcurrant Pomace Into Food", The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, June 29, 2016, © Trinity Mirror North West
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Investors Needed To Help Build World’s First Pulse Waste Processing Plant

June 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Australia’s Wimmera Development Association is looking for investors in a project to build a processing plant in Victoria that would convert pulse grain waste into protein powder. Besides creating jobs and providing a market for farmers’ leftover grain husk, the plant would help reduce food waste. The project received some funding from the state to look into the potential of such a plant, but is now seeking investors to carry the project forward. The powder made from pulse grain waste is 85 percent protein and could be used to make breakfast cereal, muesli bars, health foods, consumable protein powders and ready-made meals, according to project promoters.
Erin McFadden, "Pulse Protein Powder Plant: Wimmera Development Association Seeks Investors", Stock And Land, June 27, 2016, © Fairfax Media
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Walmart Hopes Its New Date Labeling Scheme Will Help Reduce Wasted Food

June 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart is changing the date labeling scheme on its food products to avoid consumer confusion over safe-to-eat dates. That confusion has led Americans to toss $29 billion worth of edible food into the trash every year. Walmart’s fix is to require suppliers of its own label Great Value products to use the same standardized date – “best if used by” – for non-perishable foods. The change began last year, and the company says 70 percent of its private label suppliers have already complied. The rest have until next month to comply. The Food Marketing Institute says most date labels aren’t meant to indicate safety, only when manufacturers believe products will go beyond peak quality.
Twilight Greenaway, "Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn food waste problem?", The Guardian, June 26, 2016, © Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies
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Food Waste Has Become A “Platform For Commerce”

June 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A growing number of entrepreneurs in the U.S. see profit opportunities in the 40 percent of the food supply that ends up in the trash. “Food waste,” says The New York Times, “is now a platform for commerce.” Among the latest ventures: Back to the Roots (sells mushroom- growing kits using coffee grounds}; EcoScraps (turns food waste into gardening products); Cerplus (links farms with waste produce to wholesalers); Harvest Power (processes organic waste into mulch and fertilizer); Food Cowboy (app connects rejected truckloads of fresh foods to charities}; and Liquid Environmental Solutions (processes waste water and used cooking oil). Some of these companies have been able to bootstrap their enterprises, but others have garnered millions in venture capital cash to get their businesses up and running.
Stephanie Strom, "New Crop of Companies Reaping Profits From Wasted Food", The New York Times, June 24, 2016, © The New York Times Company
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Lush Cosmetics Launches Campaign In Australia To Save Great Barrier Reef

June 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Lush Cosmetics partnered with activist group GetUp! to launch a campaign calling for action on climate change. Timed ahead of Australia's federal election on July 2, 2016, the campaign will involve the beauty retailer's 29 stores across the country handing out election cards highlighting major political parties' platforms regarding global warming and protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Protecting the environment is the present generation's responsibility for the coming generations, according to Lush Cosmetics director for Australia and New Zealand, Peta Granger. Granger also said the company, with more than 400 employees and over $36 million in annual sales, was founded by animal and environmental activists.
Dinushi Dias , "Why Lush Cosmetics has launched a federal election campaign with GetUp! to try to save the Great Barrier Reef", SmartCompany, June 24, 2016, © SmartCompany
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