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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.

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 »

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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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Chipotle to Serve More than 20M Pounds Locally Grown Produce

Chipotle Mexican Grill says it plans to purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce in its restaurants this year, up from its 2013 goal of 15 million pounds. The company says it has increased its locally sourced produce supply since beginning the program in 2008. Chipotle will … Read more »

Sustainability, Local Sourcing Top Restaurant Trends

Sustainability, Local Sourcing Top Restaurant Trends

Locally sourced food, sustainability and waste reduction will be among the top restaurant trends this year, according to a survey of about 1,300 US chefs. The National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot in 2014 survey ranks locally sourced meats and seafood, locally grown produce and environmental sustainability as the no. 1, … Read more »


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 »

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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 »

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