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M&S Says 63% Products Sustainable

Some 63 percent of Marks & Spencer products have a “Plan A attribute” — an eco or ethical quality above the market norm — according to the company’s Plan A update. In M&S’ Plan A 2020 sustainability goals, the company pledges to have 50 percent with a Plan A attribute … Read more »

Farmers Generate Energy from Coffee Wastewater

It is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills, according to project findings by UTZ Certified. The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project was launched by UTZ Certified in 2010 in Central America with the goal of addressing environmental and health … Read more »

Sustainability Coming to Hazelnut Farming

UTZ Certified is launching a three-year pilot program in Turkey to bring sustainability standards to hazelnut farming.  The program will be implemented across three hazelnut producing regions: Trabzon and Giresun in the Northeast, and Duzce in the Northwest. About 175 farmers are expected to take part.  UTZ members such as … Read more »

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How Green is Your Coffee?

A Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule has been published to help the industry calculate greenhouse gas emissions from coffee production. The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform’s Coffee Working Group, in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), developed the Green Coffee CFP-PCR. The Project Steering Group providing the … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Nestle Cocoa, Concrete EPD, LG, Declare

Nestlé USA announced that it will source 100 percent UTZ Certified cocoa beans for its line of everyday Crunch bars. The UTZ label is designed to ensure sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers. Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Inc. company delivering in the San Francisco Bay Area,  says it … Read more »

Hershey to Source 10% Certified Cocoa by Year’s End

Hershey says it is on track to source at least 10 percent of its total global cocoa purchases from certified sources in 2013. The company also has set benchmarks for reaching 100 percent certified by 2020 as part of its 21st Century Cocoa Plan. Hershey suppliers work with Fair Trade … Read more »