Heineken unveils new sustainable bar concept in effort to make the world “a little greener every day”

UK – Dutch multinational brewing giant Heineken has launched Greener Bar, a completely new entertainment experience designed to reduce waste, water, emissions and energy usage in the company’s event bars.  Heineken said that every element of the Heineken Greener Bar- from the uniforms of the staff to the soil and plant ballasts weighing the bar down – has had a life before or will have a life long after the bar is gone.  “From the coasters made from the spent grain of the barley used during the brewing process, through to the use of reusable and recyclable cups, everything is designed…

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South Africa’s newly launched herbal tea brand Bospresso gains Rainforest Alliance certification

SOUTH AFRICA – South African beverage firm, BOS Brands, has launched a Rooibos espresso dubbed Bospresso. Rooibos also known as bush tea or red tea, is a herbal hot beverage drink originating from a leguminous plant, widely enjoyed in South Africa. The new product, according to reports by Bizcommunity, bears the little green frog seal, making it the first Bos product boasting of attaining the Rainforest Alliance certification. The Rainforest Alliance seal indicates that the product is produced using methods that support the three pillars of sustainability i.e., social, economic,…

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South Africa advocates for environmentally sustainable packaging that ensure longevity, safety of food

SOUTH AFRICA – Majority of consumers in developing and under-developed countries are more concerned about food security, simply having enough food to eat, than food safety issues. This is a contrasting narrative with that in developed countries where according to Tetra Pak’s recent study, 53% of respondents listed food safety as a top issue. One of the ways of achieving food safety is by use of appropriate packaging that maintains the integrity of the product, providing fully transparent health and nutritional data, which simultaneously permits food to last longer. According…

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Food Union invests in renewable energy to cut down carbon footprint of its dairy operations

NORWAY – Food Union, one of the leading ice-cream and dairy producers in the Baltic region, has announced investments in renewable energy to power ice cream and dairy operations in the Baltics and Norway.   Normunds Staņēvičs, CEO of Food Union, Europe said that the investment is in line with the company’s commitment to seeking out alternative renewable energy sources to balance its energy needs even as it continues to grow.   The company has already made substantial investments in renewable and recently transitioned two of its companies Premia and Isbjørn Is to renewable energy.  Premia which is Estonia’s…

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Canada spearheads development of innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement in sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – The government of Canada has partnered with Nesta Challenges to undertake the Afri-Plastics Challenge, aimed to improve plastic waste management in sub-Saharan Africa with a cash price of CA$14.5m (US$11.4m) to be distributed to the winners. Nesta Challenges, based in the United Kingdom, was launched in 2012 to increase understanding and practical evidence about challenge prizes as an innovation method to encourage more governments, charities and businesses to use competitions to make a tangible, positive impact on society. The Afri-Plastics Challenge seeks to find innovators with scalable and…

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Heineken launches electric trucks in Netherlands, Brazil in race to rid cities of diesel fumes

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational brewing company Heineken is rolling out electric trucks to supply beer in certain regions in Brazil and the Netherlands in an effort to make diesel fumes in cities “a thing of the past.”  In the Netherlands, Heineken is supplying cafés in the center of Amsterdam with what it says is the world’s first electrically powered mini-tank truck.  The new trucks are reportedly lighter than their predecessors and meet the standard of 7.5 tons aimed at protecting Amsterdam’s quays and bridges.   In this first phase, two electric tank beer trucks will…

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FrieslandCampina launches hydrogen-powered milk truck in journey towards CO2-neutral future

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina is putting its first 50 tonnes hydrogen-powered milk truck into use as part of efforts to improve the sustainability profile of milk transport.  According to a statement from the company, the trucks will be used in the Netherland’s Groningen region where infrastructure supports their use as the company explores possibilities of introducing them to other parts of the country.  This is not the first time FrieslandCampina is revolutionizing milk transport in pursuit of an emission-free supply chain.  Over five years ago, the Dutch dairy company started using…

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South African waste tech Kudoti wins Nestlé’s recycling championing competition

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, has crowned South Africa based digital recycling platform Kudoti, as one of the five winners of its 2021 Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize, for their innovative recycling impact through technology.  The CSV Prize has been running for over 10 years and has identified multiple initiatives for some of today’s most critical environmental and social issues around the world. This year’s competition, conducted in partnership with the non-profit organization, Ashoka, was entitled ‘How do we create a waste-free future?’  It…

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Suntory Group invests US$912m in renewable energy transition as Pilgrim’s UK targets net zero by 2030

JAPAN – Japanese beverage giant, Suntory Group is investing US$912 million in transitioning all its facilities to renewable energy as part of efforts to meet its goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030.  According to a statement from the global beverage company, the investment will enable it to power its 63 directly-owned manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in Japan, the Americas, and Europe with 100% renewable electricity by next year.  Transitioning to renewable energy will also support Suntory’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.   “As a…

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California Dairies launches sustainability initiative as Carma Chocolate’s sustainability profile hits 100%

US – California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) a leading farmer-owned dairy cooperative in California has formally launched an initiative aimed at measuring, validating, and further improving sustainable business practices.  Under the initiative, CDI has assembled a team of experts in the field of sustainability to quantify the current baseline status of CDI’s supply chain in key areas of sustainability, as well as layout a roadmap of goals and targets going forward.  The dairy cooperative notes that priority areas including environmental stewardship, employee welfare, and animal husbandry will be considered by the experts when developing its new sustainability goals and…

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