Sustainability

 

Strategic alliance offers support from ‘seed to shelf’

In the wake of ever-closer integration of farming and food manufacturing, science-based organisations Campden BRI and CABI have developed a strategic alliance to provide technical support from ‘seed to shelf’. The alliance is designed to benefit small, medium and larger companies, as well as initiatives from government and NGOs aimed at supporting food production. “The […]

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Environmental certification for Sensient

Sensient Food Colours has achieved ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, calling it a ‘significant step in its approach to protect natural resources in its manufacturing, logistics and administrative processes’. “Our certified environmental management system will enable us to minimise energy, water and raw materials consumption as well as reduce waste and emissions to prevent […]

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Committed to Courtauld phase three

Members of the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have reaffirmed their support for the third phase of the Courtauld Commitment– a responsibility deal set up by WRAP to improve resource efficiency and reduce the carbon and wider environmental impact of food and drink waste. “Following the progress made so far by FDF signatories under […]

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Waitrose vows to halve packaging by 2016

UK retailer Waitrose has announced plans to cut its packaging in half by 2016. It has also revealed three major changes to its product ranges that it says will save nearly 100 tonnes of packaging each year. The Menu from Waitrose range of prepared meals has been relaunched with a full redesign and packaging update […]

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Fresh bread solution ‘in the bag’

In the continued fight against food waste, Flexico Group is set to launch a packaging solution in the UK that it says will keep bread fresher for longer. The Cordogrip double drawstring bag is designed with a top and bottom gusset, and is fitted with two strings in colours that can match any brand logo. […]

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‘Green construction could save food industry millions’

The UK food industry could save £120 million  (€140m) per year by building more environmentally sustainable manufacturing and processing facilities. That’s the conclusion of a white paper just released by food industry construction company Chalcroft. “As one of the major energy users in the UK, sustainability is something that the food industry simply cannot afford […]

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Coup for cardboard can

The winner of this year’s Fresh Ideas award at the Pro2Pac show is Itsu’s ‘cardcan’ – an environmentally friendly iced tea pack declaring itself ‘the only cardboard drink can on the market’. The can, which launched in Waitrose stores across the UK in February, has a smaller carbon footprint than aluminium cans or plastic bottles, […]

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Plastics plant hits recycling milestone

Continuum Recycling, the recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Eco Plastics, has celebrated sorting a quarter of a billion bottles. The landmark comes some nine months after the UK facility was opened. Located on the site of ECO Plastics’ existing facility in Hemswell – itself the world’s largest plastics sorting plant – Continuum […]

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FDF industry awards open for entry

The new Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards are now open for entry. The awards have been launched to coincide with FDF’s centenary and include a number of new categories for both individuals and companies. The entries will all be judged by panels of industry experts and the winners announced at an awards ceremony at […]

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World-first water reduction award launched

The world’s first international award for water reduction has been launched this week by the Carbon Trust. The idea of the award is to encourage businesses to take action to measure, manage and reduce water use in a bid to change sustainability benchmarks, and the way they are viewed by investors, stakeholders and customers. “Carbon […]

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