UK government launches consultation on proposed plastic packaging tax

UK – The UK government has launched a consultation process seeking views on the proposed plastic packaging taxes which looks to cement its leadership in a sustainable economy. The government proposed new taxes and tougher regulations for packaging producers to limit production of plastic waste and their impacts in oceanic and environmental pollution. The consultation…

IRRI strengthens partnership with University to enhance rice research

PHILIPPINES - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nagoya University in the Philippines to strengthen capabilities in rice research and education. The cooperation between IRRI and the University will run through a 15-year period bringing together expertise in rice-based agri-food systems with a goal to greatly contribute…

Tate & Lyle launches stevia sustainability project in partnership with Earthwatch

UK – Food and beverage ingredients supplier, Tate & Lyle has partnered Earthwatch, an international environment body to launch a new research project to assess the sustainability of the stevia sweetener supply chain. The strategic review will be carried out by Earthwatch, Tate & Lyle and its stevia partner Sweet Green Fields will join expertise…

Muller unveils US$128m cost and margin improvement program

UK - Müller Milk & Ingredients has launched a new US$128.71 million (£100m) program to promote cost and margin initiatives meant to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for the business. Called ‘Project Darwin’, the initiative involves a comprehensive review of every aspect of the company operations, logistics, back office and people organisation, all looking…

COFCO International joins CEO-led sustainable development group

SWITZERLAND - COFCO International, the overseas trading subsidiary of COFCO Corp has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to accelerate sustainable development across its businesses. As a member of WBCSD, COFCO targets to tackle sustainability in soy production and land use challenges in Brazil. The company joins WBCSD as a member of…

Packaging group Huhtamaki launches a new line of paper straws

FINLAND – The Finnish food packaging company, Huhtamaki has launched a new line of paper straws to increase availability of sustainable choices and alternatives to plastic straws. The development comes after the company invested in new, purpose-built machinery to expand its capabilities in providing sustainable materials for food packaging products. Huhtamaki said the new paper…

Carlsberg unveils new Danish Pilsner beer in the UK to strengthen brand

UK – Global brewer, Carlsberg has unveiled a ‘better’ brand of its flagship Carlsberg beer in the UK called Carlsberg Danish Pilsner backed by ‘multi-million-pound’ investment. Available in the UK starting March 1, Carlsberg said the new beer brand with improved quality perceptions, enhances the consumer drinking experience and minimise its environmental impact. The trade…

Dairy Farmers of America launches Craigs Creamery cheese in the US

USA – The national milk marketing corporative, Dairy Farmers of America in conjunction with eight New York-area farm families has unveiled a new cheese brand called Craigs Creamery in the US. The firm says the new product is made with local, high-quality milk and all-natural ingredients, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable farming and ensuring a…

American Soybean Association, KSU partner to launch aquafeed program in the US

USA – The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health in partnership with Kansas State University (KSU) have launched aquafeed program in a bid to increase productivity in aquaculture farms in the United States. The Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade Cambodia (CAST) program is a five-year project with mandate to…

Danone expands US plant-based foods facility to increase output

USA – World’s dairy corporation, Danone has inaugurated an extension site to its plant-based foods production facility in Dubois, Pennsylvania, increasing capacity in plant-based alternatives in the United States. The expansion would help address the growing demand for dairy alternatives including yogurts among consumers while opening up new opportunities in the segment. The Dubois facility…