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FoodTech startup creates portable scanner that detects chemical contamination

FoodTech startup creates portable scanner that detects chemical contamination | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

FoodTech startup Inspecto has developed a portable scanner that detects chemical contamination in food in real-time, expected to be commercially available in 2020. The device, called Inspecto, can detect contaminants at concentration levels as required by regulators, guaranteeing traceability and complete transparency. The scan can be conducted outdoors or indoors, anytime to ensure responsible sourcing. 

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Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms

Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A dairy firm is pledging to make its operations carbon-neutral from cow to supermarket by 2050, including more than 2,000 farms in the UK. This will require "radical changes" over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was "ambitious", but said it was achievable.

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Business models create downward pressure on labour standards in global supply chains, says ETI 

A report commissioned by ETI has investigated how business models are at the forefront of creating pressures on labour standards in global supply chains. The Business Schools of King’s College London and the University of Warwick find that aggressive price competition and a reliance on supplier sourcing models drive deteriorating standards. Meanwhile, the rise of fast and super-fast fashion compounds problems. As do ‘no-frills discounters’ in food retail. Against this backdrop, the report recommends changes across the business spectrum – at shareholder, consumer, competition and production levels.

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Why Ben & Jerry's is ditching plastic

Why Ben & Jerry's is ditching plastic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ben & Jerry's is to cut single-use plastic from its 600 Scoop Shops. In early 2019 the company will remove plastic straws and spoons from its stores. Ben & Jerry's also plans to address plastic cups and lids used to serve ice cream by the end of 2020. Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops currently hand out 2.5 million plastic straws a year, and 30 million plastic spoons. Global sustainability manager Jenna Evans is leading the transition. "We're not going to recycle our way out of this problem," she said. "We, and the rest of the world, need to get out of single-use plastic." The transition began in August 2018 when Scoop Shops made plastic straws available by request only. Many Scoop Shops had already turned to plastic alternatives by this time.

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David McClintock's comment, March 15, 4:42 AM
Food and beverage companies were top performers in sustainability compared to other industries - at least for small and medium sized companies. https://index.ecovadis.com/industry?industry=c4&region1=World&region2=United%20States%20of%20America
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Item-level produce traceability may help consumer confidence

Item-level produce traceability may help consumer confidence | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food recalls have been numerous over the past few years — from tomatoes, lettuce and apples to stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots. Media coverage on contaminated foods causing illness further diminished consumer confidence in food and the retailers where they purchased the recalled products. To increase consumer confidence and public safety, it’s necessary to have an effective traceability system in place. Hurst International has the solution with item-level traceability available through its patented Print on Demand Versaprint labeling system.

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Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation

Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Fifty-seven investors with $6.3 trillion in assets sent a letter to companies involved in the soy trade, asking them to eliminate "deforestation within their entire soybean supply chain, and will seek evidence of this on multiple levels." The investors are worried climate and deforestation risk could harm the companies they've invested in.
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Poultry and egg sustainability roundtable announces inaugural board

Poultry and egg sustainability roundtable announces inaugural board | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs has the ability to bring together a broad group of diverse stakeholders who can collaboratively focus and accelerate continuous improvement in the entire poultry and egg value chain,” Johnston said. “Together, we hope to continually advance the United States as a global leader in responsibly produced poultry and eggs.”
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Tesco completes switch to sustainable chocolate in time for Easter bonanza

Tesco completes switch to sustainable chocolate in time for Easter bonanza | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

100 per cent of cocoa used in Tesco's own-brand chocolate products now certified by Rainforest Alliance, retailer confirms. All of Tesco's own brand chocolate products are now made with sustainably sourced cocoa, the retailer confirmed yesterday. The switch comes in time for the annual Easter surge in chocolate sales, and means all Tesco own-brand chocolate goods - including cakes, biscuits, and desserts - will carry the Rainforest Alliance cocoa sourcing label.

EcoVadis's insight:

The sustainability of the cocoa economy is presently most complex in the area of the production of cocoa beans. The main sustainability issue in the world cocoa economy is with the farmers. They are the most vital, but also the most vulnerable link in the cocoa chain.  To achieve a more sustainable world cocoa economy the industry needs to start taking more focused action as soon as possible.

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Saving the Cerrado: Six commodities traders to disclose supply chain data

Saving the Cerrado: Six commodities traders to disclose supply chain data | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a step toward limiting the loss of Cerrado biome native vegetation, six major commodity traders have agreed on a common framework for monitoring soy supply chains in 25 deforestation “high risk” municipalities within the vast savannah – currently a hotspot for Brazilian deforestation.

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Nestlé targets sustainability in cocoa supply chain with action plan

Nestlé targets sustainability in cocoa supply chain with action plan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé has released its action plan to help end deforestation and restore forests in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The plan is part of the company’s commitment to support the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, a new public-private partnership bringing together the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and the cocoa and chocolate industry.

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Nestle Pakistan partners with Clean Green Pakistan

Nestle Pakistan partners with Clean Green Pakistan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan to partner with the Clean Green Pakistan movement launched by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in October 2018. Clean and Green Pakistan Campaign is a much-needed initiative for Pakistan considering the low forest cover in most of the areas and poor cleanliness in rural/urban areas alike.

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International treaty needed to stop food sector from driving climate change, scientists warn

Published on Monday (28 January) after extensive research by 43 scientists, the Lancet Commission’s report on obesity, under-nutrition and climate change cites these "inter-connected" issues as “three of the gravest threats to human health and survival”. The 56-page document argues that these challenges are all being driven by the so-called “Big Food” industry – the global systems in which the majority of the world’s mass-produced food is grown and manufactured – which is estimated to account for around a quarter of carbon emissions globally.

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NextGen Cup Challenge: Nestlé joins initiative to build a fully recyclable, compostable to-go cup

NextGen Cup Challenge: Nestlé joins initiative to build a fully recyclable, compostable to-go cup | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé announced today that it is joining forces with other industry partners to build a fully recyclable, compostable fiber cup as part of the NextGen Consortium and Cup Challenge. This announcement follows a series of initiatives and concrete steps taken by Nestlé to accelerate action to tackle plastic waste, in line with its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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Governments and industry partner on cocoa supply chain sustainability

Governments and industry partner on cocoa supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have released action plans to support industry efforts to end cocoa-related deforestation. The plans include three strategic pillars covering forest protection and restoration, sustainable cocoa production and community engagement and have been developed to strengthen transparency and accountability in the cocoa supply chain.

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Food traceability efforts hampered by information gap and lack of harmonised standards: Chinese authority

Food traceability efforts hampered by information gap and lack of harmonised standards: Chinese authority | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food traceability efforts in China are being hindered by challenges arising from information gaps, the absence of harmonised standards, and the lack of policies to support tracking efforts.

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Tyson uses DNA to trace beef through the supply chain

Tyson uses DNA to trace beef through the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tyson has started using DNA to trace beef from the ranch of origin to the restaurant or retailer where it is sold. This ability is currently only available for its Open Prairie brand beef, Kent Harrison, the vice president of marketing and premium programs at Tyson Fresh Meats, told Supply Chain Dive. It is using a process developed by IdentiGEN.

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How PepsiCo closes the sustainability loop with reusable packaging

How PepsiCo closes the sustainability loop with reusable packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The food and beverage giant is designing containers with reuse in mind, prompting new ways of thinking about packaging, reverse logistics and KPIs. Loop, a new reusable packaging system, aims to reduce waste by enabling consumers and manufacturers to recycle packaging in an easy, seamless and efficient manner. Loop was founded by waste management company TerraCycle and several CPG companies, including Procter & Gamble and Nestlé.

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As the competition for resources is increasing,more companies are turning to recycling of products in order to reduce costs and drive growth.

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Palm oil supplier loses RSPO certification

Palm oil supplier loses RSPO certification | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A key supplier of palm oil, with previous ties to Nestle and PepsiCo, has had its sustainability certification removed following a long term investigation. Palm oil manufacturers, PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk (SIMP) and PT PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk (PT Lonsum), subsidiaries of food company Indofood, have had their Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) membership removed after failure to resolve complaints.

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Smithfield Foods achieves sustainability goal in grain supply chain

Smithfield Foods achieves sustainability goal in grain supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Smithfield Foods Inc. announced that it has successfully engaged 80% of its grain supply chain -- which is used to feed the company’s hogs -- in farming practices that are both sustainable and reduce the cost of production for grain farmers. This exceeded the company’s original goal of 75%. In 2018, Smithfield purchased grain from producers who use efficient fertilizer and soil health methods across approximately 560,000 acres of land.

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Princes turns to blockchain to minimise supply chain sustainability risks

International food and drink firm Princes has unveiled a sweeping new set of measures to make its supply chain practices more sustainable, including a pledge to use blockchain to ensure workers' rights are protected.
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Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in Global Cocoa Supply chain

Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in Global Cocoa Supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As a signatory to the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) Olam Cocoa is implementing an action plan to eliminate deforestation, protect and restore forests and work with farming communities that depend on cocoa for their livelihoods, both in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and across its global cocoa supply chain.
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Nestlé To Design Fully Recyclable, Compostable To-Go Cups

Nestlé To Design Fully Recyclable, Compostable To-Go Cups | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé has announced that it is collaborating with other industry partners to design a fully recyclable, compostable fibre cup as part of the NextGen Consortium and Cup Challenge. The move is a part of the company's efforts to address the problem of plastic pollution, and a step towards its goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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Heineken Brazil Uses Gamification To Encourage Responsible Drinking

Heineken Brazil Uses Gamification To Encourage Responsible Drinking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As Brazil kicks off Carnival, Heineken is using mobility and gamification to engage its entire workforce as ambassadors of a responsible drinking initiative. The three-wave program is part of the firm's sustainability strategy leading up to 2021. The idea is to develop the role of its 13,000-strong local workforce as change agents around alcohol consumption beyond the awareness aspect.

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Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa

Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

New Fairtrade Foundation campaign calls on the UK government and companies to end ‘shameful’ exploitation of cocoa farmers by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Cocoa farmers working in tough conditions are struggling on as little as 74p ($.97) per day, well below the world’s extreme poverty line, and yet for around £1.86 per day — the average price of a large bar of chocolate — farmers could live a decent life, according to a new Fairtrade International report launching during Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February –10 March), the highlight of the year for the Fairtrade movement in the UK.

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Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability

A coalition of investment firms with more than $6.5trn in assets under management have called on six of the world's largest fast food companies to take more ambitious action to tackle the climate and water risks within their supply chains, as a "matter of urgency".

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