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…

Olam launches ‘net-positive’ sustainability policy

SINGAPORE - Olam International has launched a ‘net-positive’ sustainability policy applicable to commodities globally for direct and indirect sourcing with an aim to re-generate rural landscapes and eco-systems. Under the program, deemed Olam Living Landscapes Policy (OLLP), offers a net-positive approach to agricultural supply chains and landscape management, and aims to adopt principles that support…

2 Sisters Group commits to make 90% of all its plastics recyclable by 2020

UK - 2 Sisters Group has announced a commitment to make 90% of all its plastic components in their brands by 2020, enhancing sustainability centred at the environment, people, economic success and sustainable raw material sourcing. The group is leading the food processing sector by using less and recycling more plastic to reduce plastic waste…

Mondelez releases its annual progress report for Cocoa Life program

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational food and beverage company, has published its third annual progress report for its signature sustainable sourcing program, Cocoa Life. Through Cocoa Life, the company also increased its sourcing of sustainable cocoa to 35%, up 14 points from 2016. Cocoa sustainably sourced through Cocoa Life was expanded to more…

Nestle announces plan to make its packaging 100% recyclable or re-usable by 2025

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé, a Swiss transnational food and drink company has announced its ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Nestlé believes that there is an urgent need to minimize the impact of packaging on the environment, with a vision that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in…

Tetra Pak launches new packaging material effects to attract shoppers’ attention

SWITZERLAND - Tetra Pak, a multinational food packaging and processing company, has launched a suite of new packaging material effects, known as Tetra Pak Artistry, to help food and beverage producers revitalise the look and feel of their products. These effects help brands attract shoppers’ attention without the need for the manufacturer to switch to…