Grupo Bimbo to transition Canadian operations to 100% green energy

CANADA – Canadian operations of Mexican multinational food company Grupo Bimbo are set to transition to 100% green energy following the signing of two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) with Renewable Energy Systems (RES). The two fifteen-year agreements were made through Grupo Bimbo’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Bimbo Canada, and will see the development of two wind and solar projects in southern Alberta, totalling 170 MW of installed capacity. Peter Clibbon, RES senior VP of development, said: “RES is proud that its Alberta wind and solar projects are helping Bimbo Canada meet…

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Olam Food Ingredients establishes systems to rid cocoa supply systems of child labour and deforestation

UK – Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), a leading supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients, has announced the successful establishment of child labour and deforestation monitoring systems covering its entire supply chain. Child labour is defined by the International Labour Organisation as work that endangers children or interferes with their schooling. In the cocoa industry, the problem of child labour is rampant. The Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer estimates that approximately 1.8 million children in the Ivory Coast and Ghana may be exposed to the worst forms…

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India’s WayCool Foods adopts electric mobility in last mile delivery to cut down on carbon emissions

INDIA – WayCool Foods, a leading Fast Consumer Goods Company in India, will begin using electric three-wheelers for intra-city deliveries in Bengaluru in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions and improve its sustainability profile. To make the transition to electric-mobility possible, WayCool has partnered with Pune-based third party logistics services provider FM Logistic which will provide the e-vehicles for last mile delivery. The vehicles will be particularly used in delivering WayCool products to local kirana stores, supermarkets as well as end consumers in Bengaluru. “Sustainability is at the…

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Diageo ups sustainability efforts with launch of new low-carbon glass whisky bottle

UK – UK-based multinational alcoholic beverage manufacturer Diageo has collaborated with glass manufacturer Encirc to trial a glass whisky bottle that can reduce the carbon impact of its bottle production by up to 90%. Research and technology body Glass Futures was also involved in the development process that used waste-based biofuel-powered furnaces to produce the glass for  Diageo’s  Black & White Scotch whisky brand. Aston Fuller, general manager of Glass Futures, said: “Glass is a fully recyclable and highly sustainable product, and through this trial, with Encirc we are seeing…

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Scientists develop new method to upcycle spent barley to bolster sustainability in beer production

US – The process of making beer usually results in mounds of leftover grain that beer manufacturers have to dispose of. Previously, the protein-rich and fiber-rich powder typically was either used in cattle feed or discarded in landfills. With sustainability increasingly becoming an important part of the brewing process, filling landfills with their spent grain does not look good on the sustainability scorecard of beer manufacturers. It is neither a good idea if a protein rich product is just fed to animals when millions of people have a problem accessing…

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Solar Foods secures funding to accelerating production of air-based protein

FINLAND – The alternative meat protein industry is bursting with novel and at times unimaginable ideas on how to create food products that mimic the taste and feel of animal protein without input from actual animals. Alternative proteins from plants and those cultured in the lab have been a mainstay in the alternative protein industry and are no longer surprising. According to the SPINS data, plant-based food retail sales jumped 27% in 2020 to record sales worth US$7 billion, a testament their popularity among consumers. Finnish food tech company Solar…

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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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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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