Chobani launches Milk Matters to support the future of dairy

USA – American dairy processor, Chobani has unveiled a comprehensive program dubbed Milk Matters™ to explore ways of supporting the dairy industry more sustainably. In collaboration with Fair Trade USA, Chobani will explore ways of developing the first-ever standard and certification program for the dairy industry while putting the economic, environmental, and social impacts of dairy farms into consideration. The program collaborates with World Wildlife Fund on environmental stewardship, National Milk Producers Federation on animal care and Cornell University to provide support to dairy farms. This is part of Chobani’s…

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HelloFresh selects Tetra Pak’s sustainable carton packaging

EUROPE – Meal kit company HelloFresh has selected Tetra Pak’s sustainable carton packaging Tetra Recart® for its products in the European markets. The new packaging will be used across the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, offering an environmentally friendly option for customers who are finding it convenient to dine outside restaurants. Tetra Recart offers a better packaging alternative with 80% lower carbon footprint and significant weight and space savings compared to tin cans and glass jars. It offers more product per pallet, faster shelf replenishment, reduced waste handling and more…

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Fonterra targets 100% recyclable and reusable packaging by 2025

NEW ZEALAND – The New Zealand milk coorporative, Fonterra has pledged to make all its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 in a global commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. The company has also announced a target to cut the amount of solid waste going into landfills to zero by the same year. The sustainability initiatives are part of its efforts to do business with regard to people and the communities they operate in as well as safeguarding the planet. Fonterra has already put measures in place to reduce…

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Olam secures US$375m credit facility from European lenders

SINGAPORE – Olam International has secured a revolving credit facility aggregating US$375 million from several European lenders. The Facility has a 364-day tenor with an option to extend for a further 364 days and is guaranteed by the company. Proceeds from the Facility will be applied towards refinancing of OHBV’s syndicated loan and bilateral bank loans of the company and its subsidiaries. The lenders included KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Erste Group Bank AG, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Luxembourg S.A., ABC International Bank plc, DZ BANK AG, Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschafts bank, Bank of Baroda,…

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Nestlé launches recyclable paper packaging for YES! snack bars

SWITZERLAND – Nestle SA has launched a new recyclable paper wrapping for its YES! snack bars in an effort to make all its packaging recyclable. Given a breakthrough with the technology, Nestle said it hopes to extend recyclable paper packaging to other products in the confectionery industry. The paper wrapping guarantees product quality, freshness and extended shelf life just like plastic films and laminates used in high-speed production of shelf-stable snacks. The YES! snacks packaged in paper using a high-speed flow wrap technology will be widely recycled in countries where…

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PepsiCo to use recyclable packaging for Bubly, Aquafina and Lifewtr brands

USA – PepsiCo has announced packaging changes for its water brands as it looks to enhance recycled packaging content used for its products. Its premium bottled water brand Lifewtr will use 100% recycled plastic bottles, Bubly sparkling water will no longer be packaged in plastic while the company’s Aquafina water brand will offer aluminium can packaging in U.S. food service outlets. The changes are expected to take effect next year as a step towards a circular economy. According to PepsiCo, the move is expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric…

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Nestle and OpenSC plan blockchain pilot for supply chain traceability

SWITZERLAND – Nestle is partnering an innovative blockchain platform, OpenSC to pilot a program that aims to enhance supply chain traceability and transparency using blockchain technology. The technology will first trace milk from farms and producers in New Zealand to Nestlé factories and warehouses in the Middle East. It will later cover the palm oil supply chain in America which Nestle says will help provide consumers with verifiable data and drive the market towards transparency. The program is expected to improve food safety and quality control. The data will be…

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Palsgaard achieves carbon-neutral production at global sites

DENMARK – The Danish ingredients provider, Palsgaard has announced that it has achieved its target of total carbon-neutral production across its six global manufacturing sites. The company which provides emulsifiers and stabilizers for the bakery and food industry said it has achieved the goal, set in 2010, two years ahead of the schedule, reinforcing its commitment to reducing the impact of carbon emissions on the environment. The ambitious goal was set to ensure that Palsgaard eliminates its carbon footprint at all global production sites by 2020. The company has revealed…

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Bottled water industry calls for efficient plastic recycling systems

EUROPE – The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) has called for more efficient collection and sorting systems for beverage containers to high-quality recycled PET in the EU. EFBW has recommended a step-change in the performance of collection and sorting systems for beverage containers and this may include a well-designed Deposit Refund System. Such strategies are geared towards improving the number of recycled bottles across the EU including PET, glass and aluminium. “The sector believes that high collection of beverage PET bottles is a first, but very important, step towards…

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Pick n Pay launches plastic and packaging-free horticulture retail section

SOUTH AFRICA – Pick n Pay, South Africa second largest retailer, has launched a ‘nude’ fruit and vegetable produce wall – a dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone – in 13 stores across the country. According to an IOL Business report, this is part of the retailer’s trial to measure customers’ readiness to switch from pre-packaged food to loose products. The ‘nude wall’ will include 12 new seasonal loose PnP fruit and vegetables: brown steak mushrooms, portabellini mushrooms, red & green chillies, cocktail tomatoes, sweet Palermo peppers, baby brinjals, green beans,…

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