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Carrefour becomes first French retailer to utilise AI in supply chain optimisation

Carrefour becomes first French retailer to utilise AI in supply chain optimisation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One of the world’s leading food retailers has become the first French retailer to use artificial intelligence to optimise its supply chain process. Carrefour will take advantage of SAS Viya’s multi-channel distribution and inventory optimisation to reduce waste and create value.

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Kahlúa to source 100% sustainable coffee by 2022

Kahlúa to source 100% sustainable coffee by 2022 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Pernod Ricard-owned coffee liqueur brand Kahlúa has launched a new programme with an aim to source 100% of its coffee sustainably by 2022. The brand’s first sustainable development initiative will address the environmental, social and economic impact coffee farming has as it strives to “bring positive change to the lives of Mexican coffee farmers and their families”. 

EcoVadis's insight:

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG 15 is committed to protecting, restoring and promoting “sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managed forests, combating desertification reversing land degradation and halting biodiversity loss” by 2030. Coffee is already the most widely traded tropical agricultural commodity, and demand for it is rising in places such as China and India that have traditionally favored tea. This rising demand could encourage expansion of coffee production into new areas, leading to more deforestation. Coffee will, in turn, suffer from the effects of climate change, as will the communities that depend on the other services that those forests provide.

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Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled

Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tetra Pak has joined forces with global resource management company Veolia in a game-changing partnership that will enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025.
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DS Smith Launches FILLBEE®

DS Smith Launches FILLBEE® | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The beverage crate industry was one of the first industries to adopt s circular approach to packaging products.  The DS Smith Plastics design team in Bilzen, Belgium was challenged to take the concept to the next level by designing a solution to combine returnable crates with returnable packs, and resulted in Fillbee®, a returnable four or six pack that can be designed for any shape of bottle. The packs fit in beverage crates, or can be stacked. The innovation offers benefits on multiple levels. 
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Why a zero-waste supply chain is the new normal

Why a zero-waste supply chain is the new normal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The zero-waste philosophy encourages companies to design products and services that optimize resource usage and make it possible to give resources a second life through repurposing. In the case of food systems, our goal is to reduce food waste, as well as to encourage composting and package recycling.
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Indian state wins prize for showing 100% organic 'no longer a pipe dream'

Indian state wins prize for showing 100% organic 'no longer a pipe dream' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

India's first fully organic state won top prize in a U.N.-backed award on Friday, with organisers saying its policies had helped more than 66,000 farmers, boosted tourism and set an example to other countries. The small Himalayan state of Sikkim on India's border with Tibet was declared fully organic in 2016 after phasing out chemical fertilisers and pesticides and substituting them with sustainable alternatives. Sikkim's experience shows that "100 percent organic is no longer a pipe dream but a reality," said Maria-Helena Semedo, deputy director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which co-organises the Future Policy Awards.

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Domino's 'failing' on chicken welfare, says campaign group

Domino's 'failing' on chicken welfare, says campaign group | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Campaign group World Animal Protection investigated the policies and reporting of chicken welfare in supply chains behind the top nine fast food companies: Domino’s (Inc), Domino’s (plc), Nando’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks and Burger King. The Pecking Order report ranked the fast food chains on existing policies to protect chickens, targets to improve chickens’ lives, and progress reporting.

EcoVadis's insight:

Nowadays, food quality is not only determined by the overall nature and safety of the end product, but also by the perceived welfare status of the animals from which the food is produced. Companies need to take animal welfare seriously and recognise their responsibility they hold for the welfare of animals in their supply chains.

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UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain 

UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A restaurant chain with 260 branches across the UK has signed a contract that will see the company implementing an innovative and reliable approach to a number of issues faced in the world of food, drink and hospitality. The Pizza Hut chain boasts a commitment to ‘responsibly manage our resources to help our people, guests and planet’. Director of Supply Chain and IT for Pizza Hut Restaurants in the UK, Steve Packer, saw the integration of ARCUS® as the perfect way to ensure the chain adheres to those commitments.

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain.

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Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Launches New Partnerships to Help Farmers Scale Sustainably

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Launches New Partnerships to Help Farmers Scale Sustainably | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
This week, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN (LOLS), a leading solutions provider advancing and connecting stewardship efforts throughout the food system at scale — from farmers to ag retailers to partners such as food companies — has launched two new partnerships aimed at helping farmers scale their sustainability efforts.
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Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries 

Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tesco and WWF have announced they are to collaborate on a long-running sustainable food effort, pledging to establish a measure to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. The four-year partnership between the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading environmental organisations is believed to be the first of its kind. They hope its scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste and encourage customers to eat more sustainably.

EcoVadis's insight:

Food waste is a big issue in the world today however companies have begun to engage in sustainable food production. These businesses produce healthy food while engaging in sustainable business measures, as well as community and environmental programs.Reducing food waste is a meaningful way to stabilize and increase revenue.

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Kellogg sets sustainable packaging goal for 2025

Kellogg sets sustainable packaging goal for 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Kellogg Co. is working toward a goal of using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025. The packaging goal becomes part of Kellogg’s global sustainability commitments, which include responsible sourcing of ingredients, sustainable agriculture, and resources and training for holders of small farms. Battle Creek-based Kellogg cited data from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation showing 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally and 5% is retained for secondary use. Kellogg already has taken steps in sustainable packaging. The company has a goal of transitioning to compostable and paper food service products in all its plants and offices globally by the end of 2018. Kellogg also is working with suppliers to identify packaging designs that minimize waste. An example is in Europe where Kellogg wants its cereal pouches to be recycle-ready by late 2019, which would remove an estimated 480 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from its supply chain each year.

EcoVadis's insight:

The  Food and Beverage industry has a significant potential to impact the sustainability of supply chains, and makes it a crucial element to achieving a circular economy. Food and Beverage packaging is among the most recycled packaging and we see increasing recycling rates for bottle and containers every year.

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U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs'

U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The United States said on Thursday it was boosting its fight against slave-made goods "to safeguard American jobs", signaling that the Trump administration regards forced labor as a trade, rather than a human rights issue. The new approach was revealed in the Department of Labor's biennial list of goods that it "has reason to believe" are produced by child or forced labor, which became a crime to import in 2016 under a law introduced by President Barack Obama. "American workers cannot compete with producers abroad who use child labor or forced labor" U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said in a foreword to the list of 148 goods produced in 76 countries. If "a trading partner" engages in child or forced labor, "the U.S. will do what it takes to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation, safeguard American jobs, and create a fair playing field for countries that play by the rules", he added.

EcoVadis's insight:

Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. To illustrate the scale and reach of human rights abuses, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries most likely made by forced and child labour.

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