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Toss the Tabbouleh or Not? Confusion over Food Labels Reigns

Toss the Tabbouleh or Not? Confusion over Food Labels Reigns

Companies and organizations in the food industry know that food waste is a top issue among environmentalists and that the spotlight is only growing hotter, particularly as confusion around the topic continues to grow. A recent study completed on behalf of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association indicated that the most commonly cited measurement used … Read more »

Grocery Manufacturers Association: Date Labeling ‘Not THE Solution to Food Waste’

Date labeling food to help prevent food waste is important, but it’s not the “silver bullet” for reducing food waste, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose 300 member companies include Coca-Cola, General Mills and Kraft Foods. Last week GMA’s senior director of sustainability Meghan Stasz testified at a US … Read more »

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Businesses Can Save Billions by Cutting Food Waste

Food waste is the single largest component of US municipal solid waste, it accounts for a major portion of the nation’s methane emissions — and it costs businesses billions. The US Department of Agriculture estimates the food retail industry lost almost $47 billion in 2010 (the most current figures) from … Read more »

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How Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, Yum! Brands Cut Food Waste

Food manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants can learn practical steps, best practices and examples of how to reduce food waste with a guide by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance. The second annual Best Practices and Emerging Solutions guide highlights ways companies can begin or expand their food donation or food … Read more »

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GMA Slams EWG’s Food Rating System

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has slammed a new food rating system by the Environmental Working Group, calling it “severely flawed” and saying it will give consumers “misinformation” about the food and beverage products. EWG launched Food Scores: Rate Your Plate on Monday. The food database and mobile app houses ratings … Read more »

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Food Companies to Report Chemicals to FDA

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose 300-plus members include the Coca-Cola Company, General Mills and Kraft Foods, has launched an initiative that will, among other things, give the FDA access to a database of food companies’ safety information for chemicals and other ingredients used in processed foods. The GMA says it’s … Read more »

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Food Companies Want Single GMO Labeling Standard

The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, Kraft Foods and the other 300-plus food companies that are members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association will soon lobby the US food safety regulator and Congress for a single federal standard covering oversight and labeling of new genetically modified foods, Reuters reports. The legislation would … Read more »

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Non-GMO Food Market to Hit $800 Billion by 2017

Global sales of non-GMO food and beverage products will double to $800 billion by 2017, growth largely driven by demand in Europe and the US, according to a report by Packaged Facts. The report, Non-GMO Foods: Global Market Perspective, says European consumers have rejected foods made using ingredients with genetically … Read more »

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BPI Launches Catalog of Compostable Products

The Biodegradable Products Institute has published what it says is the industry’s first item-level online database of compostable products that provides searchable, product-level information to composters, foodservice companies and consumers. The Compostable Products Catalog will make it easier for companies to find substitutes for non-degradable plastics in their zero-waste efforts, … Read more »

Food Industry Sent 4.1bn Pounds of Waste to Landfills, Study Says

Food Industry Sent 4.1bn Pounds of Waste to Landfills, Study Says

Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers threw away 4.1 billion pounds of food waste in 2011, according to an assessment of data collected from the industry. The Food Waste Reduction Alliance, Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association conducted the study to provide a comprehensive assessment of … Read more »

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General Mills, Unilever Join Food Waste Challenge

General Mills, Unilever and the Food Waste Reduction Alliance have joined the USDA’s Food Waste Challenge as founding partners. The challenge, announced yesterday by the EPA and USDA, asks farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and government agencies to reduce the volume of food waste sent to landfill, recover wholesome food … Read more »