Sustainability

 

Envirowise calls for collaboration on compliance

Food and drink manufacturers should focus on working with their supply chains in order to fully realise the opportunities presented by packaging minimisation, say sustainability experts Envirowise. As Defra announces tougher business targets for packaging recovery and recycling rates until 2010, companies need to increasingly assess the risks and opportunities of compliance for them and […]

Getting a handle on plastic

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is supporting Dairy Crest in a project to research, design and pilot a new handle-free plastic milk bottle, as part of a drive to reduce packaging waste from UK milk sales by 5,000 tonnes per annum. This project will focus on one pint and two pint bottles. Packaging supplier […]

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Game firm secures industry first

Game supplier Rick Bestwick Ltd, specialist in game to the retailers, has secured an industry first by agreeing a deal to feature the New Forest Marque on packs of Wild Venison. The meat, all supplied from Forestry Commission sustainably managed woodlands, is processed and packed at the Bestwick factory in Derbyshire. The stylish new packaging, […]

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NFU backs balanced report on biofuels

The NFU has given its backing to the conclusions of a recent Royal Society report on sustainable biofuels. The report calls on the Government to put policies in place that will ensure biofuels make the maximum contribution of which they are capable to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and that they do not cause new environmental […]

New challenges for Bramleys

Last year it was the Magners cider phenomenon that affected Bramley apple supply. This year the Bramley is facing slightly different challenges, according to successful grower and supplier of processed fruit fillings, Fourayes. With unfavourable weather conditions contributing to smaller fruit sizes and lower than anticipated yields this season, the overall tonnage of Bramley available […]

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ENVIRONMENT: Carbon footprint under scrutiny

Environmental consultancy ADAS is working with Defra and the Carbon Trust to monitor the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions created by the food supply chain. Every food product has an impact on the environment via its ‘carbon footprint’ which is calculated by measuring the GHG outputs at each stage of the food supply chain – from […]

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Adnams launches Innovation beer

Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, has launched Innovation, a distinctive celebration beer. Innovation has been brewed to celebrate the completion of the new Adnams brewery and the steps it has taken to reduce its impact on the environment. The factory is highly energy efficient and features a heat condenser that recovers steam previously released into the […]

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FOOD SAFETY:New guidance on contaimination

A new guide from the Campden & Chorleywood Food Association Research Group (CCFRA) will help companies in their manufacturing environment. The most significant is in the transfer of microbial contamination of ready to eat foods, which allows them to target control measures. ‘Ranking of cross contamination vectors of ready to eat foods: a practical approach’ […]

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Air freight ban is not the answer

A leading UK organic body has moved to distance itself from the Soil Association’s plans to ban the import of organic food by air. A leading UK organic body has moved to distance itself from the Soil Association’s plans to ban the import of organic food by air. Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), which was […]

One-stop-shop for environmental advice

A major national event to be held in February 2008 is set to show food and drink businesses the benefits of improving their environmental performance – and how to secure valuable cost savings as a result. Hosted by sustainable business experts Enviro-wise, the Food Environmental Efficiency Day (FEED) will provide firms in the food, drink […]

Happy hens lay low carbon eggs

Customers can do more for the environment without damaging their wallets. A company in Lincolnshire has come up with free-range Respectful Eggs which are produced on farms powered by carbon-neutral, renewable energy sources such as wind turnbines and solar panels. These methods are said to reduce the amounts of damaging carbon dioxide released into the […]

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Beef exports hit £100 million

British beef is back with a £100 million bang. In its first year back on international markets, beef exports from the UK have hit 60,000 tonnes in the first year – double the original 30,000 tonne estimate from the Meat and Livestock Commission. Of that figure over 70 per cent of the beef – around […]

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