Costa Coffee to recycle 500m disposable cups yearly by 2020

UK - Costa Coffee, the British coffee company has made a commitment to recycle the same volume of disposable cups as it puts onto the market, half a billion every year by 2020. To achieve this, Costa will pay coffee cups collectors a subsidy to enhance their collection then send them to paper mills where…

Valio net sales jump 4.3% despite challenging market

FINLAND - Valio, the Finnish dairy manufacturer closed the 2017 financial year with 4.3% increase in net sales to US$2.10billion for the group after being able to pay the co-operatives a steady milk price despite unfavourable conditions in some of the markets. Apart from entering new consumer markets, Valio was able to introduce more than…

JBS to reduce greenhouse gas emmissions by 20% by 2020

USA - JBS USA,a leading processor of beef, pork and lamb in the U.S, has laid down its 2020 Sustainability goals, targeting to reduce its greenhouse gas emmissions by 20%, reducing water use by 10%, natural gas use by 20%, electricity use by 12%. Releasing its 2017 sustainability report, the company said it was on…

Guinness Nigeria commits to sustainability through waste management

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria Plc has beefed up its commitment to waste management through a partnership with Wecyclers, an enterprise that promotes environmental sustainability, socioeconomic development, and community health, reports Vanguard. The partnership delivers on the company’s 4R waste management strategy covering Reduction, Reuse, Recovery and Recycle. It also addresses global concerns on the impact…

Commonwealth countries pledge to eliminate single-use plastic for sustainability

UK - Countries from across the Commonwealth have pledged to eliminate avoidable single use plastic in an ambitious bid to clean up the world’s oceans. According to UK Whales Org, other countries like New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have become the latest nations to join the UK and Vanuatu-led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – an…

Olam launches a sustainable and traceable sourcing solution for agricultural raw materials

SINGAPORE - Olam International, a leading global agri-business has launched AtSource, a sustainable and traceable sourcing solution that will provide unrivalled environmental and social insights into the journey of agricultural raw materials. It will also help in getting food ingredients from the farm to manufacturing and retail customers. AtSource will also enhance Olam’s ability to…

Bio Foods debuts packaging with less impact, starts package take back program

KENYA  – Kenyan specialty dairy company Bio Food Products has introduced new packaging for its range of long life products, which it says have less environmental impact. The new Bio Fresh Milk bottles are made using 30% less polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. The company has also launched a new 2-litre Bio Fresh Milk bottle, which…

USA and UK scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme that could solve pollution

WORLD - Scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States have said they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution, according to Reuters. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in…

Bidco Africa wins top most award at Energy Management Awards ceremony

KENYA– Agribusiness and manufacturing giant Bidco Africa has been declared the overall winner of the coveted Energy Management Award at the awards ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya. The awards, themed ‘Setting the pace in resource efficiency towards competitive local manufacturing’, awarded over 20 companies that have achieved significant reductions in their energy consumption through implementation…

Plastic food packaging fails in tackling environmental food waste

EUROPE - Plastic food packaging has failed to reduce food waste, but rather seems to be compounding the food waste problem in Europe, where packaging and waste has doubled between 2004 and 2014. In a new study published by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe, food waste doubled to an estimated…