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Smithfield Develops Commercial-Grade Fertilizer from Hog Farm Waste

Smithfield Develops Commercial-Grade Fertilizer from Hog Farm Waste

Smithfield Foods and Anuvia Plant Nutrients formed a new partnership to develop commercial-grade fertilizer from manure treatment systems at Smithfield’s hog farms.

Restaurant Industry Faces Challenges with Plant-Based Packaging Shift

Restaurant Industry Faces Challenges with Plant-Based Packaging Shift

As fast-casual restaurants shift away from single use, petroleum-based utensils and containers, the plant-based products coming to the fore present new opportunities and challenges. We take a closer look at this monumental change in the industry.

Besting the Challenges of Designing for Holistic Sustainability: Q&A with McCormick’s Michael Okoroafor

Besting the Challenges of Designing for Holistic Sustainability: Q&A with McCormick’s Michael Okoroafor

Michael Okoroafor, VP of global sustainability and packaging innovation for McCormick, discusses the challenges and lessons- learned when redesigning product packaging for sustainability.

We Don’t Always Write about Cows, but When We Do…

We Don’t Always Write about Cows, but When We Do…

Reflections from Jen… When I found myself searching cow images (and mulling dairy puns) for the third time in the span of two weeks, I had to stop to think. In all my years writing for Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today, I’m not sure I ever wrote about dairy … Read more »

Climate Change Affecting Food Supplies, Stability

Climate change affects every continent, threatens global food supplies and could lead to political instability, and will worsen unless greenhouse gas emissions are brought under control, according to a report from global scientists. The report warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse gas emissions are … Read more »

Cone: Americans Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Produce

Cone: Americans Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Produce

Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat in a more environmentally and health conscious manner, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker. Some 89 percent of respondents consider where a product is produced when making food purchasing decisions, and 66 percent would pay … Read more »

Global Food Companies ‘Should Upgrade Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies’

Global Food Companies ‘Should Upgrade Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies’

Only four of the world’s largest food producers – Danone, Heinz, PepsiCo and Unilever – have invested in wide-ranging codes of conduct to guide their suppliers’ environmental performance, according to a new report from Verdantix. Verdantix benchmarked the sustainable supply chain strategies of the 12 largest global food firms, with … Read more »

Cost of Food as Catalyst for Change Cannot Be Ignored

In 18th century Paris the first thing the lieutenant of police did every morning upon reaching his desk was to inquire as to the price of a loaf of bread in the bakers’ shops of Paris. The price of the loaf would tell him whether he could expect a quiet … Read more »

SAP Measuring Footprints of 35,000 Danone Products

German software corporation SAP is helping French food group Danone to measure the individual carbon footprints of 35,000 of its products, as the food firm tries to reduce its emissions by 30 percent from 2008 to 2012. Many food companies can put figures on the the carbon footprint of a … Read more »

Food Manufacturers ‘Holding Back rPET’; Lush Outsources Recycling

The use of recycled PET in the food sector is being held back by poor quality control and by brand owners’ misconceptions, according to PET bottle molder APPE. The company, which says it is the largest food-grade PET recycler in Europe, is investing €10m at its recycling plant in Beaune, … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Swaps Plastic for FSC Corrugated Pack

U.K. supermarket Sainsbury’s has replaced the vacuum-formed plastic tray in its own-brand sliced cheese packaging with an FSC-certified corrugated pack, according to Packaging Europe. Designer Smurfit Kappa said it had a brief to reinvigorate a product range that suffered from poor presentation. Its Shelf Ready Pack is designed to improve … Read more »

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