Researchers work to upcycle avocado waste into biodegradable packaging system

SPAIN – Researchers under the Guacapack Project are developing a biodegradable packaging system from avocado waste capable of extending food shelf life by 15 percent. The Guacapack Project is funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency and led by ITC Packaging with additional support from the Universidad de Alicante’s research group on Polymer and Nanomaterial Analysis. Aimplas’ Plastics Technology Centre has also joined the project whose packaging system will include barrier labels and antioxidant additives, protecting guacamole and similar foodstuffs from oxidation. The process extracts and purifies starch from the avocado…

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Mondelēz, Olam partner to advance sustainable cocoa farming in Indonesia

INDONESIA – US multinational snack and food company, Mondelēz International has partnered with Singapore based supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients, Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) to advance sustainable farming in Indonesia. The two companies have announced a new collaboration in Indonesia to create the world’s single largest sustainable commercial cocoa farm featuring advanced climate smart and plant science technology. The 2,000-hectare cocoa farm will be in Seram, the largest island in Maluku province in Indonesia. The model builds on Mondelēz International’s experience with the company’s signature sustainable sourcing program,…

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Tate & Lyle exceeds 2020 environmental targets, embarks on achieving ambitious 2030 targets

UK – Tate & Lyle PLC, a leading global food and beverage ingredient supplier, has announced announce that it has exceeded its 2020 environmental targets, set using a 2008 baseline.  In a statement, the company said that it was able to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, generated by on-site energy use, by 25% (an equivalent of the carbon captured by nearly 1 million acres of US forestry) against a target of 19%. Additionally, the company was able to reduce waste to landfill was by 37% (an…

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Nestlé steps up efforts in combating plastic watse, becomes first FMCG to join Polyco in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region has joined the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco), a not-for-profit industry body focusing on reducing the amount of used polyolefin plastic packaging waste going to landfill and ending plastic waste in the environment. The food giant is the first food and manufacturing company to join the organization whose aims is to make waste a valuable resource that works for the economy by increasing the sustainable collection, recycling, recovery and beneficiation of polyolefin plastic packaging. “As Nestlé in East and Southern Africa, we…

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Nestlé’s chocolate brand KitKat pledges to be carbon neutral by 2025

SWITZERLAND – KitKat, one of the world’s most popular chocolate brands, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, bolstering Nestlé’s sustainability efforts which aim to achieve net zero emissions  throughout its value chain by no later than 2050. The Nestlé owned chocolate brand aims to achieve carbon neutrality by reducing the emissions generated through the sourcing of its ingredients, the manufacturing of the product and its distribution by more than 50% as part of the plan. According to KitKat, most emissions occur when producing ingredients like cocoa and milk…

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Cargill kick-starts safe water access project in Ghana’s cocoa-growing regions

GHANA – Cargill Ghana Limited is seeking to setup ten mechanized solar water systems in partnership with Safe Water Network Gh. The sustainability partnership project, dubbed Expanding sustainable access to safe water in cocoa-growing communities in Ghana, aims at enhancing access to safe water in cocoa rural farming communities. The installation is expected to be completed in six months, at a cost of US$150,000. According to Cargill, the project is in line with its Community Wellbeing Strategic Action Plan linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 of…

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Cargill inches closer to completion of Belgian innovation hub, supports sustainable grazing practices in the US

BELGIUM- The construction of Cargill’s new Belgium-based innovation hub dubbed the ‘House of Chocolate’ comprising of an inspirational high-tech chocolate experience centre, a pilot plant and a sensory lab, is well underway and is anticipated to open in March 2022. Cargill says the soon to be opened US$21 million innovation hub is an integral part of our long-term “Journey to Joy 2022” vision to become the trusted solution provider for chocolate and will serve its broad customer portfolio. The chocolate experience center will be a platform for co-creation to improve…

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Coca-Cola launches social initiatives in South Africa, Kenya aimed to create thriving, sustainable communities

SOUTH AFRICA – Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has dished out new solar powered underwater pumping and treatment systems, through the Coke Ville Groundwater Project, aimed to solve South Africa’s water problems. The solar powered facilities were issued to five viable self-sustaining groundwater projects that were identified in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. Through these systems the Coke Ville Project aims to deliver over 90 million litres per year by the end of 2021. “Groundwater is a huge untapped water source that can effectively satisfy the demand of a fast-growing…

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New technology extends shelf life of fish side streams providing new opportunity for upcycling into food ingredients

EUROPE – Producing food ingredients from fish side streams has been a challenge for food manufacturers as their unsaturated fatty acids are very sensitive to oxidative degradation. One only has a small window of time, mostly 12 hours, before oxidative degradation affects the quality of the side streams resulting in a rancid taste and odor that eventually reduces the sensory impression of both the raw material and final products. This meant that the entire fish biomass was repurposed for low value use such as feed production despite it containing lots…

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Mars, PepsiCo, McCormick launch new coalition to mobilize industrywide action against climate change

US – Leading food companies Mars Incorporated, PepsiCo and McCormick have come together and in partnership with sustainability consultancy firm Guidehouse, formed a new coalition to help drive industrywide action against climate change. Known as the Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition (Supplier LoCT), the coalition aims to mobilize collective climate action by providing suppliers with resources, tools, and knowledge to support their own climate journeys. In its first year, the program will focus on helping suppliers understand the foundations of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in their businesses, including core knowledge…

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