USAID, World Cocoa Foundation unveil US$2m fund to boost cocoa sector in Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation has announced a US$2 million fund to boost cocoa sector in Ivory Coast. Mark Green, USAID Administrator the funds will also facilitate empowering women to fully participate in the value chain outlining that the agency has in…

Muller invests in Milk & More delivery fleet to expand UK operations

UK – Dairy company, Muller has announced that it is set to invest in its milk delivery service, Milk & More by expanding its fleet of electric vehicles for more deliveries in the UK. The company said it is rolling out 160 new environmentally friendly electric delivery vehicles, taking its fleet to just over 500…

Barry Callebaut achieves traceability of a third of its global cocoa volume

SWITZERLAND – The Swiss cocoa and chocolate company, Barry Callebaut has said that it has established traceability for a third of its global cocoa volume, bringing it closer to achieving its ambitious cocoa sustainability goals. By 2025, the company aims to source 100% of the group’s ingredients sustainably by 2025. This commitment is supported by…

Coca-Cola Amatil pledges to use 70% recycled plastic bottles by 2019

AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Amatil has announced that it targets to make 70% of its plastic bottles entirely from recycled plastic by the end of 2019 as it looks to improve its environmental carbon footprint. The move is part of the global Coca-Cola company’s initiative to create a World Without Waste by increasing the recycled content…

Nestle and Carrefour partner to offer full brand traceability using blockchain

FRANCE – Nestle and the French retail giant, Carrefour have partnered to use blockchain technology to offer full traceability of famous mashed potato brand, Mousline purée. Customers in France will be able to have full access to blockchain data for the product, enhancing transparency across the entire supply chain. Consumers can use their smartphone or…

Diageo removes plastic packaging from Guinness, Harp beer packs

UK – The British alcoholic beverages company, Diageo has announced that some of its beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s will eliminate use of plastic packaging from its beer packs. The new sustainable beer packs will be on shelves on the island of Ireland from August 2019 and from Summer 2020 in Great Britain,…

Waitrose in partnership to develop food packaging film from waste shells

UK – British supermarket chain, Waitrose has partnered a Scottish biotechnology company, CuanTec to trial a new food packaging film made from langoustine shells. The partners are exploring the potential for eco food packaging made from the waste shells to address the increasing concerns around plastic packaging and their impact on the environment, reports FoodBev.…

USDA, FDA and EPA unveil new strategy to reduce food waste

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a new inter-agency strategy to address food waste. This collaborative effort is part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month which looks to see success of the agricultural…

Hormel Foods signs agreement to use 50% renewable energy in operations

USA – The American food company, Hormel Foods has unveiled plans to become powered by almost 50% renewable energy in an effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It has signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) to use wind energy in its operations, an ambitious move towards achieving its environmental goals. The company says…

Müller reduces milk and cream range to reduce food and plastic waste

UK - Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) has unveiled intentions to remove up to 40% of its 835 fresh milk and cream SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit) in the UK as part of the ambitious goal to cut on both food and plastic waste. This is part of MMI’s Darwin project launched in February to promote…