Nestlé launches dairy free Milo in Asia, commits to protect region’s forest landscapes

ASIA – Nestlé has launched its plant-based version of popular chocolate malt beverage, Milo in Asia in response to a rising tide of consumers preferring more dairy alternatives in their diet. This new version replaces the milk in the original recipe with almond and soy, but the other two core ingredients – malt and cocoa – remain the same. Its launch follows the roll out of a plant-based Milo powder in Australia in 2020, a launch that created huge excitement in the country where Milo was first introduced in 1934.…

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New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra embarks on a journey towards a future without coal

NEW ZEALAND – Fonterra, New Zealand’s premier dairy cooperative, is finally embarking on a journey towards a future where it does not rely on coal for its energy needs. Fonterra said it has been working on its transition to renewable energy and said it can, and will, get out of coal, with a couple of practical constraints. The company however admitted New Zealand’s Climate Change Commission’s pathway to ending coal use by 2037 is ambitious and will be challenging to meet. At the moment, Nine of Fonterra’s 29 sites use…

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Starbucks expands reusable cup program in US to cut down on waste

US – American multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves Starbucks is expanding its reusable cup program in the United States in an effort to reduce single-use cup waste. The coffeehouse company said that the borrow-and-return program will run in five Seattle stores for two months as it gauges the viability of the program for a possible wider roll-out in future. The trial program called Borrow A Cup program allows customers to order their beverage in a reusable cup, each replacing up to 30 disposable cups. According to Starbucks, for…

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PepsiCo Egypt launches Recycle for Tomorrow platform for plastic waste management

EGYPT – PepsiCo Egypt has successfully launched its waste management platform “Recycle for Tomorrow” under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, and in collaboration with Dorna initiative “Reverse credit system”. The initiative is designed and implemented by CID Consulting, with an investment of EGP 10 million (US$637,000), to be channeled towards collecting and recycling the equivalent of 8 million Kilos of the company’s plastic production in 2021, for the first phase. This unique platform contributes in achieving a sustainable model, with a special focus on how to solve and…

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Anheuser-Busch doubles down on barley upcycling, invests US$100m in production capacity expansion

 US – Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of the world’s largest brewing company AB InBev, is investing US$100 million to expand the production capacity of its subsidiary that takes barley after it is used to make beer and repurposes it to be incorporated into food and other beverages. The funding is part of Anheuser-Busch’s pledge in February to invest more than US$1 billion in its U.S. facilities during the next two years and is anticipated to create 50 jobs. The maker of Budweiser and Michelob Ultra said it is renovating a building…

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Silafrica partners with Ellen MacArthur Foundation to combat plastic waste

KENYA – Africa’s leading plastic and packaging solutions provider, Silafrica has joined the New Plastics Economy initiative by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, strengthening its commitment to establish a global circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK registered charity which aims to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy. The foundation with members across the globe including Tetra Pak, Danone, Coca-Cola, Nestle among many others, seeks to drive momentum to reach its goal by eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic…

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PepsiCo accelerates transition to electric mobility, launches new US$40m scholarship program for Black and Hispanic students

US – American multinational snack and beverage company, PepsiCo is moving beyond the electric truck pilot program and is embarking on a large-scale transition of its fleet to electric and other zero-emission technologies. According to a report by GreenBiz, the maker of Pepsi Soda, has a goal of converting a large portion of the 27,000 trucks and vans that move its products to more sustainable technologies. At the moment, the company through its Frito-Lay snack food division, is using a manufacturing facility in Modesto, California, as a testbed to try…

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Molson Coors transitions UK brewing operations to 100% green energy as battle against cybersecurity threat intensifies

UK – Molson Coors Beverage Company is set to become the first major UK brewer to produce all of its beers and ciders using 100% green electricity. This is after the company signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with RWE, which will see all of its UK operations powered by renewable electricity. The move is a major step towards achieving Molson Coors’ 2025 sustainability goals, including its aim to reduce carbon emissions by 50% across all direct operations. The brewer says that the renewable energy deal with RWA sees…

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Kenya’s Kapa Oil Refineries partners with Sheffield Africa to build cold chain facility for margarine storage

KENYA – East Africa’s leading Commercial Kitchen, Laundry and Cold Room solutions provider, Sheffield Africa has completed the installation of a 720sqm cold chain facility for Kapa Oil Refineries Limited for bulk storage of margarine. According to the report by Business Daily, it is split into two 360sqm temperature-controlled cold-room with a multistage racking where products can be stored at four levels. It has a RACK refrigeration system with inverter technology that reduces power consumption of the whole plant by between 20 percent and 25 percent, and fully automatic sectional…

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Pilgrim’s Pride issues US$1B sustainability-linked bond as Vertical Farmer AeroFarms gears up for public listing

US – American multinational food company Pilgrim’s Pride has announced a US$1 billion sustainability-linked bond tied to the company’s Sustainability Performance Target (SPT) of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. Bloomberg reports that the interest rate on Pilgrim Pride’s new bond will climb 25 basis points if the company fails to prove through a third-party verification service that it hit its sustainability targets. The new US$1 billion sustainability-linked bond can be interpreted as Pilgrim’s Pride attempt to put its money where its mouth is when promising improved…

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