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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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Smartphone App That Tracks Food Shelf Life Wins Sustainability Contest

June 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A smartphone app designed to reduce global food waste and improve how people consume food has won a contest whose goal is to help launch a new sustainable product or service in the food and beverage industry. According to its creators, the Foodfully app could save consumers as much as $600 a year on groceries by keeping track (from shopping receipts) of food purchases, especially shelf life and spoilage dates. The competition, which received 140 applicants, was sponsored by Net Impact, a global network of “aspiring change agents,” and supported by Campbell Soup Company and General Mills.
Catherine Muriel, "Food Waste App Takes Top Prize in the Forward Food Competition", 3BL Media, June 22, 2016, © 3BL Media, LLC
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British Research Project To Develop New Gels From Surplus Potatoes

June 16, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Several British universities and research institutes will benefit from a $3.7 million grant supporting development of personal care gels, creams and other products from discarded starchy vegetables like potatoes. The food industry throws away millions of tons of vegetables that are unsold for one reason or another each year. Also contributing to the problem are surplus supply and processing waste. The researchers will investigate how nature’s catalysts –  enzymes – can be used to make starch-based gels using nanoscale fibers. The new gels could be used across the pharmaceutical, beauty, home product and food industries. Participating in the research are the University of East Anglia, the John Innes Center, the University of Bath, and the University of Exeter. 
"£2.8 million project to make new types of gel from waste food", News release, University of East Anglia, June 16, 2016, © University of East Anglia
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Home System Turns Organic Waste Into Useable Biogas

June 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
An Israeli company is marketing a device that turns food and organic waste – meat, fish, fats, oils, dairy, used kitty litter, etc. – into clean cooking gas. The easily assembled HomeBiogas sells for less than a thousand dollars, runs without electricity, and creates a byproduct that can be used as fertilizer. The daily gas output from the bacteria-driven digester is equivalent to about six kilowatt-hours of energy – enough gas for about three hours of cooking. It can also be used for lighting, or for heating water using devices that work with low-pressure biogas.
Elyse Wanshel, "This Machine Turns Your Food Waste Into Gas For Cooking", The Huffington Post, June 13, 2016, © TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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Kimberly-Clark Professional Expands Recycling Program Coverage To Industrial And Manufacturing Segments

June 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark Professional said it has expanded its RightCycle by Kimberly-Clark Professional recycling program to accept participants from the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Launched in 2011, the recycling program allows participants to recycle non-hazardous waste, such as nitrile gloves and apparel, instead of sending them to landfills. Having diverted more than 300 tones of waste from landfills, the program sends recyclables to recyclers in the US, turning them into nitrile powder and pellets used to create ecology-friendly consumer products and durable goods.
"Kimberly-Clark Professional Expands RightCycle, the First Large-Scale Recycling Program for Non-Hazardous Lab and Cleanroom Waste, to Industrial Environments", Kimberly-Clark, June 09, 2016, © KCWW
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Euromonitor Starts Tracking Ethical Food Labeling, A Nearly $1 Trillion Industry

June 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Euromonitor has responded to the social media-driven trend toward ethical consumerism by creating a 26-market database, Passport Ethical Labels, that quantifies packaged food and beverage product labels by three categories: people/values, the environment and sustainability, and animal welfare. Consumers, of course, have no intention of stopping consuming because of concerns about the Indonesian rainforest, slaughter houses, chicken sheds, pig farms, dubious food additives, etc. They still want convenience, but also a less guilty conscience. The newest data show that the global market for ethical labels on branded packaged foods, soft drinks and hot drinks totaled $794 billion in 2015, three-quarters of which comprised environment- and /sustainability-related labels having mostly to do with recycling.
Simone Baroke , "Passport Ethical Labels – Key Findings", Blog, Euromonitor , June 08, 2016, © Euromonitor International
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Beiersdorf Says 18 Percent Of 2015 Sales Came From Sustainably Made Products

June 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beiersdorf said 18 percent of its sales in 2015 came from products with significantly reduced impact on the environment. Data from the company's Sustainability Review 2015 showed Beiersdorf aims to continue offering high-quality, safe, and reliable products made from materials from environment-friendly sources. Based on the company's sustainability targets for 2020, Beiersdorf seeks to reduce carbon dioxide emission by 30 percent.
"Sustainability Review 2015", Beiersdorf, June 07, 2016, © Beiersdorf
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Cleancult Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Raise Funds For Planned Box Subscription Service For Green Household Cleaning Products

June 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Cleancult, a startup seeking to offer a subscription service for environment-friendly and safe household cleaning products, has launched a fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter. Seeking to raise $10,000, the company plans to start its business by offering laundry detergents. Company founder Ryan Lupberger said, Cleancult will provide consumers with a detergent that removes 94 percent of stains without toxins.
Olivia Vanni, "'Cleancult' Is A New Box Subscription for Toxin-Free Cleaning Products", BostInno, June 07, 2016, © STREETWISE MEDIA
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Kroger Makes It To Newsweek's List Of Top 500 Environment-Friendly Companies

June 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Kroger Co. said it has been included in the Newsweek Green Rankings list of the top 500 environment-friendly companies for 2016. Kroger's sustainability efforts include reducing its carbon footprint by reducing overall energy consumption in all of its stores by 35 percent. Also, the retailer is nearing the EPA's Zero Waste threshold of 90 percent. Kroger, a founding partner of Feeding America, supports organizations that bring food and hope to hungry people. During the last eight years, Kroger has created more than 74,000 new jobs.
"Kroger Recognized in Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings", Kroger , June 07, 2016, © The Kroger Company
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New Partnership Will Help Determine Levels Of Food Waste In Countries

June 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Though 800 million people globally are malnourished, about a third of all food – approximately $940 billion worth each year – is lost as it moves from farm (or factory) to table. To help end this trend, a group of international organizations has partnered to launch a Food Loss and Waste Standard that will help businesses, governments, and other organizations to measure the problem. Organizations involved in the initiative include the World Resources Institute, the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and others. The basic goal of the program is to help companies and countries find out how much food is lost or wasted, and where it occurs within their borders, operations or supply chains.
"First-Ever Global Standard to Measure Food Loss and Waste Introduced by International Partnership", News release, World Resources Institute, June 06, 2016, © World Resources Institute
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Food Retailers, Manufacturers Back New Food Waste Reporting Protocol

June 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Swiss food manufacturer Nestle and British retail grocery chain Tesco have announced support for new international reporting requirements for food loss and waste. A Nestle representative called the reporting standards “a massive, global step in fighting food loss and waste.” The World Resources Institute (WRI) said food loss and waste globally costs $940 billion a year; food loss generates about eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Using the standard, countries and companies will be able to quantify how much food is lost and wasted and where. They will also be able to report on it credibly and consistently. Other major companies backing the standard individually, or through the Consumer Goods Forum, include Australia’s Woolworths and Unilever.
John Shepherd, "Nestle, Tesco back new world standard on food loss and waste", Just-Food, June 06, 2016, © just-food.com
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Restaurant Chains Claim Reductions In Antibiotics Use, But Who Really Knows?

June 4, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Several large fast-food restaurant chains have announced voluntary “free from antibiotics” policies thanks to pressure from consumers and consumer advocacy groups. But with limited information from the companies themselves, no agreed-upon standards, and no government regulation, how does a consumer really know whether his pizza is antibiotics-free? Each company is implementing the policy in its own way, some following, for example, USDA guidelines for reducing drug use in livestock production except in case of illness. But one fact remains clear: there's little evidence that agricultural use of antibiotics is dropping. The FDA reported in December that antibiotics sales for farm animals was up 22 percent from 2009 to 2014. International use is expected to rise 66 percent by 2030.
Deena Shanker, "Can You Really Know If That Pizza Is Antibiotic-Free?", Bloomberg, June 04, 2016, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Kao Starts Using FSC-Certified Corrugated Carton, The First In Japan To Do So

June 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kao Group said it has started using Forest Stewardship Council-certified corrugated cartons for packaging. With the company starting to purchase FSC corrugated cartons in March 2016, Kao aims to have about 50 percent of corrugated cartons it is using certified by the organization. Kao Environment Statement seeks to purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in consumer products, packaging, and office paper. Also, when the company uses virgin pulp, Kao pledges to zero deforestation at the source.
"Kao is the first company in Japan to Use FSC®-Certified (Forest Certification) Corrugated Carton", Kao Corp., June 03, 2016, © Kao Corp.
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Clever Technologies Turn Food Waste Into Eco-Fashion

June 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Turning food waste into fashion isn’t going to solve the huge global leftover food problem. But it will help a little, while teaching consumers about the importance of recycling, upcycling, and reusing food. Among the basic food-based clothing innovations being reported are: coffee grounds turned into fabric (Ecoalf’s process turns processed coffee grounds into a nano-powder that can be spun with polyester polymers into fabric); salmon skin into leather (Tidal Vision’s tanning process results in belts, wallets, and handbags); and coconut ash mixed with polyester makes coat insulation (Nau’s coconut-based fiber will possibly replace goose down and other clothing insulation).
Katherine Martinko, "How leftover foods are being turned into green fashion", TreeHugger, June 02, 2016, © Narrative Content Group
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Beauty And Personal Care Companies Create Ingredients As Good As Those From Nature

June 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Manufacturers of beauty and personal care products are developing more nature-identical materials that can be used as ingredients in place of natural extracts, botanicals, and actives. These efforts are driven by concern about sustainability and depletion of natural resources, the need for reliable consistency, price, and other related factors. Among the more popular ingredients is the Erasa XEP-30 Extreme Line Lifting and Rejuvenation Concentrate, introduced in 2015 and winner of the 2016 Breakthrough Face Product award from totalbeauty.com, and created by BioMimetics Laboratories chief scientist Jules Zecchino. Helped by available extraction processes capable of creating new materials that uses and improves those available from nature, manufacturers create nature-identical ingredients, including antioxidants and preservatives with various applications, such as anti-aging skincare and haircare.
Christine Esposito, "Virtual Reality", Household And Personal Products Industry, June 01, 2016, © Rodman Media
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Floating Farm Could Be Harbinger Of The Future Of Agriculture

June 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Dutch building developer who specializes in floating structures is constructing a variation on the urban farm concept. The floating dairy farm will house 60 cows producing milk, cheese, cream, butter, and yogurt, and will demonstrate how self-sufficiency can be achieved on rivers and in harbors. Peter van Wingerden, director of Beladon, hopes to someday build fully floating, self-sustaining cities that will provide their own essential elements like clean water, energy, food, and waste management. The Floating Farm is expected to be finished in  Rotterdam's Merwe harbor in January 2017.
Adele Peters, "The World's First Floating Urban Dairy Farm Will Be Built In Rotterdam", Fast Company, June 01, 2016, © Mansueto Ventures, LLC
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Pizza Hut To Remove Chemical Preservatives From Menu Items

May 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Responding to concerns voiced by consumers regarding artificial ingredients in their foods, Pizza Hut says it will eliminate even more questionable additives from its menu items. The company a year ago removed artificial flavors and colors from its pizzas. Now it says it will remove the antioxidants BHA and BHT (and other preservatives) from its meats and cheeses, as well as antibiotics from chicken, by next March. Though removal of GMO ingredients from foods has garnered more headlines (thanks largely to a Vermont law taking effect next month), other companies, including Kellogg and General Mills, have announced plans to remove BHA and BHT from their products.
Karen Robinson-Jacobs, "Plano-based Pizza Hut to ditch artificial preservatives as industry faces skeptical public", The Dallas Morning News, May 31, 2016, © The Dallas Morning News Inc.
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Colgate's Factories Here And Overseas Reflect Sustainability Commitment

May 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
As part of its Sustainability Strategy, Colgate has built a factory in Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam) that is certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. According to USGBC, the new factory, which makes toothbrushes, will help Vietnam move toward a more sustainable future. The company recently opened a LEED-certified plant in India that manufactures oral care products. Colgate has 10 LEED-certified facilities in the U.S. and abroad, with 11 more underway whose goal is to reduce use of natural resources and curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The program calls for eventually reducing deforestation to zero and promoting use of renewable energy.
Mary Grauerholz, "Colgate-Palmolive strives to become a leader in sustainable building practices around the world.", Green Standard, May 30, 2016, © U.S. Green Building Council
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U.S. Turns Its Attention To Innovative Ways To Reduce Food Waste

May 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Retail grocers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. are following the lead of their colleagues in Europe who are endeavoring to reduce food waste by making it okay to buy “ugly” foods. Whole Foods Market and Giant Eagle, for example, have introduced malformed carrots, oranges with protruding navels, and blemished pomegranates in their stores to get customers used to the idea that ugly produce is edible and need not be dumped in the trash. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs are developing business ideas that focus on ways to recover edible but unappealing produce and distribute it to the needy. One company is working on ways to turn fresh, but unappealing, fish into healthful jerky. Food activist Danielle Nierenberg says, “A lot of the innovation is going to come from companies, and that is exciting,”
Dave Armon, "Gnarly Fruit Paves Way for Ugly Fish Jerky in Battle to Curb Food Waste", Blog, 3BL Media, May 28, 2016, © 3BL MEDIA, LLC
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Discounted “Wonky” Veggies Win Over British Grocery Shoppers

May 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
British supermarkets, including Tesco and Asda, are reporting greater acceptance of so-called “wonky” (ugly or misshapen) fruits and vegetables, thanks to significant discounting. Tesco launched an initiative called Perfectly Imperfect in March with misshapen potatoes and parsnips, extended it to apples and strawberries in May, and hopes to broaden the range to 15 to 20 produce lines.  A Tesco executive called the program a huge success, with sales having grown tenfold. Sales of Perfectly Imperfect strawberries account for 10-15 percent of total category sales. Besides increasing sales, the initiative has also led to increased crop utilization and reduced food waste. Tesco is now taking 95 percent of strawberries from its suppliers, up from 85 percent. Apple utilization is at 97 percent.
Ian Quinn et al., "Sales of new Perfectly Imperfect fruit & veg are 'flying' at Tesco", The Grocer, May 27, 2016, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Shiseido Creates Group To Manage Sustainable Development Efforts In EMEA Region

May 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Japanese beauty brand Shiseido announced its has created a group tasked with overseeing sustainable developments for its business operations in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Part of the company's Vision 2020 corporate strategy started by company president and CEO Masahiko Uotani, the group will be managed by Daniel Guillermin, Shiseido Group EMEA head of sustainable development.
Jennifer Weil , "Shiseido Creates Body for Sustainable Development in EMEA Region", Women's Wear Daily, May 27, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Wearable Food Waste May Help Solve A Global Problem

May 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in Hong Kong are working on a way to turn discarded food into clothing. The core of the technology is the use of a lactic acid fermentation to transform starchy food waste with high sugar content into spun fibers. The researchers say the fiber is not yet strong enough to make textiles out of it, but further study should solve that problem. Meanwhile, scientists around the globe are creating their own food-waste-to-clothing solutions: orange peels into textile fibers; “leather” from pineapple leaves; fabrics from fermented milk and wine; and even food waste buttons.
"Use the power of innovation to reduce food waste", South China Morning Post, May 26, 2016, © South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd.
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Aldi’s Cage-Free Egg Decision Proves Controversial In Australia

May 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Despite criticism from egg producers in Australia, German retail grocery chain Aldi will spend the next ten years transitioning to cage-free eggs. Consumer pressure pushed the company to take the complicated, expensive and hopefully sustainable step. But egg producers ironically call the move a “slap in the face” to consumers who may not want to spend premium prices for cage-free eggs. Aldi’s decision will “hurt Australian egg farmers and can’t be justified on the basis of either science or consumer behavior.” One egg industry representative said Australian research shows that hen stress levels are similar across cage, barn and free range farming environments. Animal husbandry practices “have the greatest influence on hen welfare.”
"Aldi to phase out cage eggs", Food and Drinks Business (AU), May 25, 2016, © Yaffa
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Food Industry Is “Remarkably Sensitive” To Shifts In Consumer Preferences

May 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Market researcher Packaged Facts reports that the food industry is doing whatever it can to accommodate growing consumer demand for “free-from” foods. Five broad food avoidance concerns, or “constituencies,” were identified. These include allergies and intolerances, health and wellbeing, and humanitarian, environmental, and religious concerns. The result has been the creation and marketing of sugar-free, fat-free, low-carbohydrate, gluten-free, no artificial colors, flavors, antibiotics, preservatives or other questionable ingredients. Cage-free eggs is another facet of the trend. Some people in the avant garde of food reformulation may think changes are coming at a glacier pace, but “in fact, the industry is remarkably sensitive to shifts in consumer demands."
"Packaged Facts: Food Industry Committed to Meeting Consumer Demand for "Free-From" Foods", News release, Packaged Facts, May 25, 2016, © Packaged Facts
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Walmart Recognizes Henkel's Achievements In Ingredient Transparency

May 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel received recognition for its sustainability efforts in Walmart's 2016 Global Responsibility Report. Walmart highlighted Henkel's achievements in terms of ingredient transparency and empowering consumers with enhanced information on ingredients. Henkel has been one of Walmart's key partners since the retailer announced its environmental goals in 2005.
"Henkel recognized under the topic of ‘Supplier Leadership’", Henkel, May 25, 2016, © Henkel Corporation
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Grocery Chain Tests “Smart” Cameras In Fridges To Reduce Over-Buying

May 23, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
British retail grocery chain Sainsbury’s is pilot testing an interesting an interesting solution to food loss in the home. The company has selected 20 families in Derbyshire to try Bosch fridge-freezers fitted out with “smart” cameras that tell a consumer’s smartphone which foods they already have in the fridge at home. The six-month test, part of the company’s “Waste Less, Save More” initiative, is to determine whether the smart cameras will keep consumers from over-buying – and potentially wasting – food. The top five over-bought products, according to Sainsbury’s, are fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese and eggs.
"‘Smart’ fridge cameras allow Sainsbury’s shoppers to reduce waste", The Scotsman, May 23, 2016, © Johnston Publishing Ltd.
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Lawsuit Accuses Kellogg Of Marketing “Whole Grain” Crackers Made With White Flour

May 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Consumer watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Kellogg of allegedly falsely advertising a variety of its Cheez-It snack crackers as made with “Whole Grain.” CSPI said the crackers are actually made from refined white flour, not whole grain as claimed on the package. Whole Grain Cheez-It crackers “are nearly identical nutritionally to the Original version of Cheez-Its, providing a negligible one gram of fiber,” CSPI said. The plaintiffs are asking the court for injunctive relief to prevent Kellogg “from continuing to engage in deceptive marketing of Cheez-Its.”
"Lawsuit Targets Cheez-It “Whole Grain” Crackers, Which are Mostly Made of Refined White Flour", News release, Center for Science in the Public Interest, May 19, 2016, © Center for Science in the Public Interest
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NRDC Urges The Colonel To Stop Using Antibiotics In Chicken Production

May 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging KFC to stop using antibiotics in its chicken production. Seventy percent of the antibiotics used to treat human bacterial illnesses are given to mostly healthy pigs, chickens, cattle, and other livestock. That practice “promotes the growth of drug-resistant superbugs,” posing a serious threat to public health. Other big fast food chains – McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Subway and Taco Bell – are committed to eliminating antibiotics from poultry production. But KFC, with more chicken-based restaurants than any other chain and sales second only to Chick-fil-A, “has yet to get on board.”
Rhea Suh, "It’s Time for KFC to Kick Its Drug Habit", News release, Natural Resources Defense Council, May 19, 2016, © Natural Resources Defense Council
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Unilever CMO Says Brands Should Adopt Sustainability Before Making Claims Of Being Environment-Friendly

May 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Brands should never make sustainability claims before they had actually adopted and started implementing environment-friendly policies and strategies, according to Unilever International chief marketing officer in Singapore. Speaking at the Hub Spot Forum in Singapore, Puri said the manufacture of some of Unilever's products causes environment-related problems. According to the CMO, Unilever has taken actions to resolve these issues, including working with the Rainforest Alliance and committing to sourcing 100 percent of palm oil and tea to 100-percent sustainable sources by 2020.
"Unilever marketer on sustainability claims in advertising: Do first and then talk about it", Mumbrella, May 18, 2016, © Mumbrella Asia Pte Ltd.
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Procter & Gamble's Febreze Brand Launches Recycling Program For Air-Freshener And Home-Care Packaging Waste In Canada

May 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble launched a national air and home care waste recycling program in Canada. As part of the Air and Home Care Recycling Program, Canadian consumers can bring any brand of air-freshener cartridges or home-cleaning packaging to designated public collection points sponsored by the company’s Febreze brand. P&G partnered with recycling technology company TerraCycle to launch and implement the program.
"Procter and Gamble Launches National Air and Home Care Recycling Program", Marketwired, May 17, 2016, © Marketwired L.P.
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Cage-Free Eggs Trend Is Consumer-Driven, Based On Animal Welfare Concerns

May 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The cage-free eggs trend is consumer-driven, according to industry experts who say sales in the category are steadily rising. The fact that egg-laying hens can move around more freely than their peers in conventional cages -- an animal welfare concern -- has no impact on the flavor or nutritional value of eggs. About 100 billion eggs are produced annually in the U.S. Of these, about 8.6 billion came from a cage-free environment. Within ten years that number will be more like 50 billion. The tipping points in the trend included a 2015 California law that required that eggs come from cage-free hens, and decisions by Walmart and McDonald’s to phase in cage-free-only eggs. In recent weeks, supermarket chains Price Chopper, Bargain Market, Market 32, HyVee, retailer Hampton Coffee (N.Y.) and restaurant chain Bojangles’ all announced a transition to cage-free eggs.
Orlan Love, "The cage-free hen movement has reached a tipping point in consumer preferences", The Gazette, May 15, 2016, © The Gazette
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Used Coffee Grounds Make Perfect Soil For Burgeoning Mushroom Business

May 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
It was a simple concept waiting to be exploited for profit while helping to curb food waste. Two Australian entrepreneurs saw a market for mushrooms among Fremantle-area restaurants. They crowdfunded $30,000 to get the business – basically collecting tons of used coffee grounds from local restaurants and delivering them to an urban farm – off the ground. At the farm, the grounds are mixed with mushroom spores. Over three months they produced 530 pounds of mushrooms using three tons of donated coffee grounds. The restaurants in turn buy the mushrooms. The company founders say the response from the local community has been “phenomenal.”
Laura Gartry, "Recycled coffee grounds give rise to Fremantle mushroom farm", ABC.net.au, May 13, 2016, © ABC
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Hormel Applies “Clean Label” Plan Across Its Product Line

May 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hormel Foods Corporation’s new clean label initiative aims to simplify ingredient statements by removing or replacing artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors in many of its retail products without hurting flavor. The company says its Valley Fresh products, Compleats microwaveable meals, Always Tender meats and two side dishes were simplified. It is working to simplify ingredients for Hormel chili, Dinty Moore stew and SPAM products. Hormel says its Natural Choice meats were developed nine years ago with zero preservatives, no artificial colors or MSG, no nitrites or nitrates added, and no gluten.
"Hormel Foods Simplifies Ingredient Statements of Products", News release, Hormel Foods, May 13, 2016, © Hormel Foods Corporation
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Kroger Receives Honor From Rainforest Alliance For Forest-Friendly Sourcing Program

May 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kroger Co. received the Supply Chain Partnership Award from the Rainforest Alliance in recognition of the retailer’s development of responsible sourcing program for its Home Sense line of tissue products. Rainforest Alliance’s third-party certification process is designed to ensure the management of millions of acres of working forest is done according to sustainability standards. Kroger stores sell many products, such as Private Selection Coffees, Private Selection Roses, and Home Sense tissues, that feature the green frog seal of forest-friendliness and sustainability.
"Kroger Honored by Rainforest Alliance's Inaugural Supply Chain Partnership Award", Kroger , May 12, 2016, © The Kroger Company
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As Court Battles Rage Over GMO Label Law, Some Companies Quietly Comply

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Some food companies have made a big deal of their decision to comply with a Vermont law requiring GMO ingredient labeling. But unlike Mars, Campbell Soup, and General Mills, PepsiCo is adding the labeling with no fanfare. Consumers Union said it noticed cans of Pepsi in New Hampshire whose label said the soda was “Partially Produced With Genetic Engineering.” The same notice was also found on Lay’s potato chips bags. All of this is occurring against a backdrop of litigation as food trade groups struggle to prevent the Vermont law from taking effect on July 1. So far their efforts have been stymied in the courts, but it’s anyone’s guess how the issue will be resolved.
Chris Morran, "Pepsi, Frito-Lay Quietly Adding GMO Ingredient Labels To Some Foods", Consumerist, May 11, 2016, © Consumer Media LLC
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Smartphone App Applies Inventory Management Tactics To Reduce Home Food Loss

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The developers of a consumer smartphone app that applies an industrial inventory management strategy to domestic use know that 60 percent of food loss in the U.K. happens in the home. The app (“”The Pantry”) provides a stock list that ranks purchased food; a tracker that sorts foods by expire date, best before date or use by date and sends notifications when a product is nearing its date. It also provides recipes that maximize use of the foods in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. The developers tested their app among consumers, and published their findings in a scientific journal: the app can help cut home food waste 34 percent. They conclude that it seems "misdirected" to focus all food waste reduction efforts on industry. The remainder of the food chain – particularly consumers – “must get involved.”
Niamh Michail, "Industry must help consumers cut food waste, say app developers", FOODnavigator.com, May 11, 2016, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Cage-Free Egg Movement Steams Ahead

May 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Walt Disney Co.’s theme parks and cruise line, and the Florida-based supermarket chain Winn-Dixie, announced they are implementing a cage-free eggs sourcing policy much earlier than other hospitality chains, restaurants and food retailers. Disney said its plan will be completed by the end of 2016, while Winn-Dixie’s private-label eggs will be cage-free by 2017, the rest by 2025. Most companies that have announced cage-free egg policies are giving themselves as much as ten years to put them in place. In recent weeks, the following companies have announced a transition to cage-free eggs over various timetables: 7-11; Dollar General; Dairy Queen; N.Y.-based Tops grocery chain; Texas-based H-E-B grocery chain; C&S Wholesale Grocers (Keene, N.H.); and grocery retailer SpartanNash (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
"Disney and Winn Dixie will use cage free eggs only", Orlando Sentinel , May 10, 2016, © Orlando Sentinel
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L'Oreal Reveals Strategy To Reach Carbon-Balanced Status By 2020

May 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal aims to become a carbon-balanced company by 2020 through its Sharing Beauty With All sustainability program, according to chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt. First launched three years ago, SBWA has enabled the beauty brand to improve efficiencies, adopt green energy supply, and redesign product formulas. To achieve its expanded SBWA targets, the company needs to secure the support of all employees and convince them sustainability is at the core of the company mission. According to Palt, to ensure success, the program should have support and leadership from top management. L’Oreal CEO Jean-Paul Agon has been the leader of the company’s sustainability initiatives. Also, L’Oreal has linked the bonuses of brand managers and country managers to their performance versus environmental targets.
Madeleine Cuff, "An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover", Business Green, May 06, 2016, © Incisive Business Media (IP) Limited
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L'Oreal Unveils Evaluation Scheme For Brand And Country Managers As Part Of Sustainability Initiative

May 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal will evaluate the performance of brand and country managers based on the objectives defined in the company's Sharing Beauty With All sustainability program, according to chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt. Brand managers will be assessed based on their achievements toward the three main SBWA product targets: increasing the percentage of products with improved environmental or social profile; driving the brand's efforts to combine sustainability with customer interactions; and the brand's contribution to the company's environmental or social purpose. Country managers will be evaluated depending on how well the company's growth has been shared with local employees and communities.
Madeleine Cuff, "L'Oreal reveals secrets of its executive carbon bonus scheme", Business Green, May 06, 2016, © Incisive Business Media (IP) Limited
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Quality, CSR, Sustainability Drive Kimberly-Clark's Communications Activities In Asia Pacific

May 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark APAC implements its communications strategies, while focusing on five priorities represented by the acronym “DRIVE,” according to Shweta Shukla, director for communications and government affairs for the region. Shukla said DRIVE stands for driving brand PR and credentials; raising the corporate profile and employer branding; internal communication that inspires employees; vision for long-term CSR and sustainability; and elevating internal and agency capabilities. Across the Asia Pacific region, the company is working in partnership with a combination of PR firms, including Ogilvy PR, Edelman, MSLGroup, and local agencies from important markets. Kimberly-Clark’s “Kleenex – Look after your forests” campaign, launched when the haze in Southeast Asia reached dangerous levels in 2015, was an example of a DRIVE-focused campaign.
Kim Benjamin , "Inside In-house: Kimberly-Clark's APAC communications director on brand building and newsrooms", PRWeek, May 05, 2016, © Haymarket Media Group Ltd.
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Hershey’s Continues Simplifying Its Ingredients

May 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Following through on its 2015 promise to simplify the ingredients that go into its products, candy manufacturer Hershey’s has developed a new chocolate syrup that contains only five “simple” ingredients. Simply 5 Syrup contains cocoa, water, natural flavor from vanilla beans, cane sugar and cane syrup. It contains no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives or flavors, or GMOs. Since last year’s announcement, the company has simplified ingredients in more than 500 product SKUs, including the iconic Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars.
"New Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup Is Sweet And Simple With Just Five Ingredients", News release, The Hershey Company, May 02, 2016, © The Hershey Company
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Lush Would Rather Sell Naked Products Than Use Non-Environment-Friendly Packaging, Buying Manager Says

May 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand Lush is selling solid products, such as shampoo bars, soap, and Bath Bombs, that do not need as much packaging as conventional personal care products. When a product needs packaging for protection, Lush uses packaging made from recycled materials. One of its recycling programs, Black Pot, has helped collect more than 300,000 black pots, which were later recycled into new black pots. Lush's ethical buying manager Heather Deeth said creating packaging-free products is a main part of the company's business philosophy, with the company's emphasis on focusing on product quality instead of packaging. Lush uses 100-percent recycled content material for plastic, paper, or cardboard packaging, Deeth said.
Jamie Matusow, "Online Exclusives: Lush Takes An Ecological Approach to Retailing", Beauty Packaging, May 02, 2016, © Rodman Media
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N.Y. City Mayor Spearheads Massive Commercial Waste Reduction Initiative

May 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
As part of New York's observance of Earth Day last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a plan to reduce city waste output by 90 percent by 2030. Early this month the mayor’s office announced that 30 businesses had accepted the “Zero Waste Challenge” last February, promising to halve landfill disposals by June. Whole Foods Market, Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, Anheuser Busch, Citi Field (N.Y. Mets), Barclays Center (Brooklyn Nets), The Peninsula and Waldorf Astoria hotels, Le Bernardin restaurant, and e-commerce website Etsy Inc. all agreed to cut their trash output. Since February, the businesses have used various strategies to divert 13,000 tons of trash from landfills.
Joseph Ax, "NYC Businesses Agree To Cut Waste In Half By June", The Huffington Post, May 02, 2016, © TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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Millenials Drive Growth In Sustainable Packaging For Beauty Products

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Millennial consumers and young executives are driving growth in the cosmetics industry's adoption of sustainable packaging. Although significant progress has been made in developing environment-friendly packaging for beauty products, many factors, including lack of recycling facilities, non-oil-based materials, costs, and demand, are slowing down adoption. With millennials becoming stronger in corporate management, they are expected to push for more adoption of sustainable packaging, prompting major suppliers in the beauty sector to work harder to develop environment-friendly packaging and practices. This trend has been gaining strength in the past several years, with the cosmetics industry adding more post-consumer recycled materials into packaging. Neenah Packaging’s director of marketing Mark Sng said, millennials account for an increase in customer requests for ecology-friendly packaging.
Jamie Matusow, "Simply ‘Green’ Packaging", Beauty Packaging, April 28, 2016, © Rodman Media
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EPA Recognizes Personal Care And Household Care Companies For Supporting Safer Choice Standards

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Several personal care and household care companies are among the Safer Choice Partner of the Year 2016 award winners announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Among the brands to be honored on May 9, 2016, for their efforts to support the agency’s Safer Choice standards are Clean Control Corporation, Clorox Co., Reckitt Benckiser, and Seventh Generation Inc. According to the EPA, the Safer Choice standards were created through a multi-stakeholder process. EPA evaluates product ingredients for the Safer Choice program based on a full chemical identification.
"EPA Administrator McCarthy Announces 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards", Environmental Protection Agency, April 28, 2016, © Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA Gives RB 2016 Safer Choice Partner Of The Year Award

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
RB was named a 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding achievement in the manufacture of products that are safe for consumers, workplaces, communities, and the environment. EPA created the Partner of the Year Awards to highlight companies’ efforts to support the agency’s Safer Choice Program, which seeks to promote chemical and product safety. According to RB, consumer safety and well-being are its top priorities, and the company has been a leader in chemical safety in the industry for a long time already.
"RB Wins EPA 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award", PR Newswire, April 28, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Japan Tests AI For Food Waste Reduction

April 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Japanese weather services provider says it is determined to apply artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to reduce the 6.4 million tons of edible food that is thrown out annually. The Japan Weather Association (JWA), working with retailers, food producers and other companies, has developed a system that predicts food demand. It analyzes weather information, sales data, and other factors to project trends. Companies can use the information to scale back excess production and cut inventory losses. Included in the research is data on several dozen products, including cold ramen sauce, tofu, coffee and carbonated drinks. Adjusting production by using the data could reduce wasted noodle sauce by 40 percent and discarded tofu by 30 percent.
Kazuki Nagoya, "AI could solve Japan's food waste problem", Nikkei Asian Review, April 28, 2016, © Nikkei Inc.
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