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Food Waste

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 »

Major Food, Beverage Companies Failing at Water Management, Investors Say

Major Food, Beverage Companies Failing at Water Management, Investors Say

Archer Daniels Midland, Monster Beverage, Tyson Foods, Kraft Heinz and other major food and beverage companies that are “poor performers on water management issues,” must increase their water risk management and disclosure practices, according to investors. More than 60 leading North American and European institutional investors collectively managing $2.6 trillion … Read more »

Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

A new report aims to help manufacturers calculate the land and water footprints of the products they sell. The Mind Your Step report, from Friends of the Earth and Trucost, estimates how much land and water brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year to produce a … Read more »

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Enviro Groups Put the Squeeze on Capri Sun Packaging Waste

A coalition of environmental groups is pressuring Kraft Foods to reduce its Capri Sun packaging waste. According to the Make It, Take It Campaign, whose 14 members include Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club Extended Producer Responsibility Team, Kraft’s Capri Sun pouches that are made by bonding aluminum … Read more »

Major Brands Waste $11.4B per Year through Poor Packaging Policies

KFC, MillerCoors, Kraft Foods, and other large brands are wasting valuable materials through poor packaging sustainability policies, to the tune of $11.4 billion a year, according to a new study from As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report, which looked at the packaging practices of 47 … Read more »

GMO Ban Passes in Maui, Labeling Requirement Fails in Colorado, Oregon

Voters across the US were of two minds about GMOs Tuesday, as a ban on GMOs passed in Maui, while voters in Colorado and Oregon voted against initiatives to label products containing GMOs, according to media reports. Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences were among the companies actively opposing the GMO ban in … 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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Coalition Urges Kraft Foods to Reduce Packaged Waste

A coalition of more than 20 public interest groups, sent a letter pressuring Kraft Foods to reduce its packaging waste. The group, calling themselves the Make It, Take It campaign, has asked Kraft to develop plans to design packaging from safe, sustainable materials using recycled content, while minimizing unnecessary packaging. The … Read more »