Tag Archives: sustainability

Sustainable Food Awards kick off soon

The finalists for the inaugural Sustainable Food Awards have been announced by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor). Open to food and packaging companies, ingredient firms, industry associations and related organisations, the awards recognise operators who are helping build a sustainable food industry. Finalists were selected by a jury …

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Nestlé moves to recyclable or reusable packaging

Nestlé says it aims to make all its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, so that none of it – including plastics – ends up in landfill or as litter. “Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today,” Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said. “Tackling …

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Ferrero’s continuing partnership with Fairtrade delivers benefit to thousands

Ferrero will buy 40,000 metric tons of Fairtrade-certified cocoa between 2016 and 2019, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to source sustainably certified cocoa. The ongoing partnership with Fairtrade ensure cooperatives in Ivory Coast can sell their cocoa on Fairtrade terms, creating positive benefits for farmers, their families and …

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Queensland retailers prepare to bin the bag

There are fewer than 100 days to go before retailers across Queensland will be forced to permanently bin the plastic bag when the state-wide ban kicks in on July 1. The ban includes all single-use, lightweight shopping bags with handles and a thickness under 35 microns. National Retail Association (NRA) …

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Planet Ark toolkit aims to help businesses reduce waste

A free guide for Australian businesses on how to manage waste more efficiently has been released by Planet Ark. The ‘War on Waste Tookit for Businesses’ has ten tools such as the ‘recycling no-brainer checklist’, the set of questions to ask a prospective recycler, and new brain-science-inspired signage. It also …

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International news: Tesco’s Colleague Shops to minimise food waste

Major UK retailer Tesco has launched Colleague Shops across its UK stores to give staff the opportunity to take food approaching its expiration date as part of the company’s wider work aimed at preventing food waste. Dedicated storage areas and fridges will be set up in back-of-store colleague rooms to …

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Top-tier suppliers called out over laminate-packaging waste

Enval, a UK-based recycling organisation, has put the world’s largest FMCG companies on notice for their inaction as the global problem of plastic aluminium laminate waste grows. Enval CEO Dr Carlos Ludlow-Palafox has sent an open letter to the CEOs of companies that benefit from laminate packaging, including Unilever, Kraft, …

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Harris Farm Markets first major retailer to #BanTheBag

Following overwhelming customer support for the #BanTheBag campaign, Harris Farm Markets (HFM) says it is now 100 per cent plastic-bag free at registers. The family-owned grocer no longer has single-use plastic bags, instead encouraging all customers to bring their own bag or use a recycled box. HFM has long been …

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International news: UK retailer sells products past ‘best before’ to reduce waste

The East of England Co-op has become the first major retailer in the UK to start selling products beyond their ‘best before’ date with the aim of significantly reducing food waste in its 125 stores. Products such as tinned goods, packets and dried food are safe to consume past their …

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NZ grocer’s ‘mega-efficient’ waste-minimisation program

New Zealand grocery chain Foodstuffs diverted 27.1 tonnes of waste from landfill per store in August with its audited waste-minimisation program. More than 120 stores have signed up to the program, which has increased the average waste-diversion rate from 64 per cent to 84 per cent and led to the …

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