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Has the Ham Gone Off? Look at the Label, Sainsbury’s Says

Has the Ham Gone Off? Look at the Label, Sainsbury’s Says

The latest development in sustainable packaging – with an eye to reducing food waste – comes from grocery store chain Sainsbury’s. The UK grocer is launching a new packaging “smart label” on its store-brand ham that changes color depending on how long the package has been open, telling the consumer … Read more »

AgTech Used by Walmart Farms Receives $7 Million Investment

AgTech Used by Walmart Farms Receives $7 Million Investment

Ag-tech firm Prospera today said it has received a $7 million investment that it will use to bring artificial intelligence to agriculture. Farms that supply some of the largest grocery retailers in the US and Europe, including Walmart, Tesco, Sainsburys and Aldi, use Prospera’s technology, the company says. Bessemer Venture … Read more »

Paragon’s Transportation Software Lowers Grocer’s Mileage, Cuts CO2 Emissions

Paragon’s Transportation Software Lowers Grocer’s Mileage, Cuts CO2 Emissions

Paragon Software Systems’ routing and scheduling optimization software has helped Sainsbury’s save 142,245 gallons of fuel across four sites, cut CO2 emissions by 3.1 million pounds and reduce overall travel distance by 3.8 percent annually. The UK supermarket chain uses Paragon’s Resource Manager to plan routes against individual driver shifts … Read more »

palm forest

Sainsbury’s Increases Sustainable Palm Oil Products

Ninety-five percent of the palm oil used to make Sainsbury’s own-brand products is now certified sustainable, according to the company. Sainsbury’s has almost 400 own-brand products that are made with segregated certified sustainable palm oil ranging from steak pie through to hand soap. With 396 own-brand products made with fully … Read more »

Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

A steering committee of global organizations is developing a protocol aimed at helping countries reduce food loss and waste, according to the World Resources Institute. Globally, about 24 percent of all the calories produced for human consumption don’t end up reaching human mouths, according to WRI analysis. As a result, … Read more »

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT and Marks & Spencer have scored joint first place in Carbon Clear’s 2014 ranking of the carbon reporting performance of FTSE 100 companies. Rounding out the top 10 are: Unilever, Tui Travel, Sainsbury’s, National Grid, BskyB, Kingfisher, Coca-Cola HBC, Aviva and Mondi, with the last two companies both ranking … Read more »

Sustainable Seafood Coalition

Seafood Businesses Agree to Consistent Environmental Labeling, Sourcing

The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), a coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants has published two codes of conduct guiding their environmental labeling and sourcing policies. One code is designed to give consumers certainty about what environmental claims on fish and seafood mean, while the second will ensure … Read more »

leftoevers

Sainsbury’s, Google Tackle Food Waste

Sainsbury’s has partnered with Google to launch a mobile and online tool to reduce food waste. The tool, called Sainsbury’s Food Rescue, provides recipe ideas for leftover food. It uses mobile voice recognition technology to allow users to say or input up to nine ingredients and receive recipes from more … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Recycles Easter Egg Packaging

Sainsbury’s is the first retailer in the UK retailer allowing customers to recycle their Easter egg packaging in its stores. Customers will be able to recycle all of the discarded packaging – plastic, film, card, foil and ribbon – in the first such facility of its kind at 50 of … Read more »

Sainsbury’s, Glaxo Among Holistic Carbon-Water Management Signatories

Sainsbury’s, Glaxo Among Holistic Carbon-Water Management Signatories

Some 15 leading businesses, representing 11 different sectors, including Baxter Healthcare, Sainsbury’s, GlaxoSmithKline and Nestlé, have committed to looking at their carbon-water management holistically, following research by sustainability specialists Anthesis and the Water Footprint Network. Businesses and governments must tackle energy and water use in tandem or risk major disruption, according … Read more »

Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Members of UK retail industry body the British Retail Consortium including McDonald’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s have pledged to reduce their absolute carbon emissions from retail operations 25 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels as part of a raft of environmental targets covering waste, transport, resource efficiency in buildings, water and refrigeration. The other  … Read more »