Sustainability


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    Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz invests in Tony’s Chocolonely

    The producer of slave-free chocolates said it will benefit from the coffee chain executive’s “extensive experience” in building a global consumer brand and company. 

    By April 3, 2024
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    Feeding Gen Z involves embracing the discord

    The generation born between 1997 and 2012 is crucial for success in today's food industry. New research shows how this demographic's interests buck the norm.

    By Alexandra Frost • April 2, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from Food Dive

    The food and beverage industry is changing rapidly and the actions companies take this year are likely to play a major role in defining their future. 

    By Food Dive staff
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    Protein bar maker Aloha gets $68M from venture fund

    Semcap Food & Nutrition, which makes minority investments in better-for-you brands like Purely Elizabeth and Good Culture, will help the plant-based business scale.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Kraft Heinz, NotCo targeting deeper presence in plant-based foods, exec says

    Despite a sales slowdown in the animal-substitute category, the joint venture is planning to tap into its valuable brand equity and technology to launch more items in 2024.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Danish scientists unlock plant-based protein source from microalgae

    A University of Copenhagen professor and his team were able to produce a novel, bacteria-based protein that has a similar texture to meat.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Unilever will get up to $20.9M from US government to lower carbon footprint at ice cream factories

    The Department of Energy funding will help the Ben & Jerry’s manufacturer on a project designed to cut 14,000 metric tons of emissions annually.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Nestlé launches pair of initiatives to decarbonize cocoa supply chain

    The global food company said its new projects aim to reduce and remove more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon during a 20-year period.

    By Zoya Mirza • March 25, 2024
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    Cultivated meat leader Meatable achieves landmark breakthrough

    The Netherlands-based food-tech pioneer’s patented technology significantly speeds up the cell differentiation process by creating fat and muscle tissue in a record four days.

    By March 21, 2024
  • Pepsi and Walmart are collaborating on a $120M investment in regenerative agriculture.
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    Food companies tackling Scope 3 emissions despite weak SEC rule: expert

    Businesses will continue working to lower their indirect emissions because of pressure from retailers and state governments, according to a sustainability tech executive.

    By March 18, 2024
  • Copi, an invasive species of fish, formerly known as Asian carp, jump out of Illinois waters as authorities attempt to prevent the school from reaching the Great Lakes.
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    Problem to plate: Could eating invasive species be a sustainability game changer?

    Advocates are working to get consumers on board in an effort to contain and live with plants and animals wreaking havoc on environmental and commercial ecosystems.

    By Leah Borts-Kuperman • March 18, 2024
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    Keurig brewing up compostable K-Rounds as alternative to plastic coffee pods

    The company is still in the process of testing the rounds and certifying them as compostable. Keurig also plans to launch a mail-back program for its polypropylene K-Cups, which are not going away.

    By Maria Rachal • March 15, 2024
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    To farm or fabricate? 3D printing’s role in the food industry

    As food production startups begin commercializing 3D-printed seafood, some experts question the viability of the technology in the broader market.

    By Megan Ruggles • March 4, 2024
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    Vertical strawberry grower Oishii clinches $134M amid indoor farming woes

    An intentional choice to grow artisanal fruit rather than leafy greens has allowed the firm to avoid the financial difficulties facing others in controlled-environment agriculture, according to the company’s CEO.

    By S.L. Fuller • Feb. 29, 2024
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    Why Waterdrop’s CEO sees hydration beverages overtaking soft drinks

    Martin Donald Murray said the viral water bottle craze will continue to benefit the company’s “microdrink” given its better-for-you and sustainability benefits.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    What El Niño means for farms and global food prices

    The U.S. could see the wettest conditions since 2019, easing some drought concerns. But too much rain could bring other problems for growers.

    By David Silverberg • Feb. 13, 2024
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    Sponsored by National Sunflower Association

    Americans feel an urgency to eat more sustainable food

    Rising demand for sustainable food products encourages innovators to look at cleaner, more sustainable ingredient decks for their food innovations.

    Feb. 12, 2024
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    Meati Foods names CPG veteran to CFO as company juggles growth, profitability

    The appointment of Phil Graves comes amid a slowdown in plant-based sales as cash-strapped consumers watch their spending.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    Scope 3 emissions data added to corrugated industry LCA

    A new tool in the corrugated industry’s LCA makes calculating Scope 3 carbon emissions easier.

    Feb. 5, 2024
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    Opinion

    Bridging the divide between the wants of food companies and the needs of farmers

    Driven by the urgency to be more environmentally responsible, businesses sometimes fail to fully grasp the multifaceted challenges faced by their suppliers. Here’s how to get everyone on the same page.

    By Ofir Ardon • Jan. 30, 2024
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    Justin’s turns to healthier ingredients to challenge M&M’s

    The organic brand avoids synthetic dyes and artificial sweeteners. It is the first major confectionery launch for the Hormel Foods-owned product in 13 years.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    US, UK lawmakers urge SEC to scrutinize JBS listing

    The global meatpacker's ties to deforestation and its history of misleading investors are cause for concern, critics say.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Jan. 19, 2024
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    6 food trends to watch in 2024

    Artificial intelligence will play a more prominent role in the new year as plant-based, traditional meat and breakfast cereal manufacturers face challenges in their sectors.

    By Food Dive Staff • Jan. 9, 2024
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    Food in space? Why University of Nebraska-Lincoln wants to grow corn on Mars

    Researchers are looking to the great beyond in their search to revolutionize agricultural science and develop more climate-resilient crops.  

    By Lydia Noyes • Jan. 4, 2024
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    Steakholder Foods crafts 3-D printed eel

    The Israeli cultivated meat company touts this as the “world’s first” product of its kind that accurately replicates the “complex texture” of the fish.

    By Jan. 4, 2024
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    Opinion

    Don’t fall for the meat industry’s COP out

    Meat and dairy industry representatives made a big show at COP28 claiming that they want to be a part of the solution to combat climate change, but Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur sees it as mere greenwashing.

    By Gene Baur • Dec. 20, 2023