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sustainability

These are all the posts that have been tagged with sustainability.

Improving cocoa farmers’ lives

Hundreds of members of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and leaders from the global cocoa sector convened in Copenhagen, Denmark to take further crucial steps toward implementing a comprehensive strategy, called CocoaAction, to sustain the cocoa industry and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast. WCF leadership also announced the collective […]

Vanilla extraction facility

Symrise has opened an extraction facility for vanilla and is thus taking another important step in sustainable vanilla production in Madagascar. The investment at the Benavony site amounted to about €3m. With the plant, every step in the processing of vanilla can now be performed locally on the East African island for the first time. […]

Cocoa sustainability report

The Barry Callebaut Group has announced the publication of its Cocoa Sustainability Report 2013/14. This year’s report illustrates the company’s initiatives to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers through sustainable cocoa farming practices and to address the basic health and education needs of cocoa communities. “With ongoing challenges in cocoa farming, we are focusing on […]

Supporting cocoa farmers

The Hershey Company has announced a new three-year programme expanding its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producing country. In partnership with Cargill, Hershey Learn to Grow Ivory Coast will encompass seven farmer co-operatives and will include investments in educational infrastructure and teacher housing. Through Hershey Learn to […]

Strategic sustainability partnership

Unilever and Solidaridad have announced a new strategic partnership to improve the lives of one million people in Unilever’s extended supply chains. The agreement was signed at Unilever’s annual Partner to Win Supplier Summit in London. The partnership will be focused on promoting gender equity, improving agricultural and labour practices as well as supporting young […]

Strategic energy management

The UK food and beverage manufacturing sector is making tangible progress in managing its energy consumption, with 70 per cent reporting a beneficial impact on the bottom line as a result of their efforts, according to a new report. The Siemens Industry report entitled The Future of Energy: The UK Manufacturing Opportunity canvassed the views […]

Responsible sourcing

Paula Byrne, sustainability and CSR manager, Association of Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery Industries of Europe (Caobisco), describes what is being done to eliminate the worst forms of child labour during hazelnut harvesting in Turkey.

On track to meet target

Nestlé UK & Ireland has announced it is on target to achieve 100 per cent cocoa from sustainable sources by the end of 2015. By working with UTZ Certified and the Fairtrade Foundation, more than 60 per cent of cocoa purchased by Nestlé UK & Ireland already comes from certified farms working with the Nestlé […]

Ultrasonic bagmaker

Ishida Europe has announced that it has incorporated ultrasonic technology into its Atlas range of bagmakers. The new Atlas 203-USS has been designed to offer reductions in film and energy consumption to deliver cost savings and sustainability benefits. Ultrasonic technology uses sound pulses to agitate the molecules within the film. This causes the molecules to […]

Sweeteners based on fermentation

DSM, a life sciences and materials company, is developing a high intensity sweetener platform based on fermentation. DSM believes that steviol glycosides produced through fermentation could offer a sustainable, efficient and cost effective process to meet market growth. Hans Christian Ambjerg, president of DSM Food Specialties commented: “DSM’s innovation strategy is focused on helping the […]

Global business ethics conference

Magomet Malsagov, CEO of PureCircle, recently participated in a panel discussion on sustainable innovation at the Responsible Business Summit, a conference focused on global business ethics. “This is an integral facet of our mission to mainstream stevia as the next natural global sweetener,” explains Mr. Malsagov. “From the outset, we’ve woven sustainability into our business […]

Co-ordinating cocoa sustainability

The Hershey Company has announced it will be a founding member of CocoaAction, a strategy to co-ordinate cocoa sustainability efforts among the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies. The World Cocoa Foundation will act as the convener for the group, which seeks to build a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector for at least 300,000 […]

Corporate Social Responsibility report

The Hershey Company has released its third Corporate Social Responsibility report, highlighting how the firm has delivered progress in its CSR goals. From environmental sustainability to ethical sourcing, the company achieved many of its CSR goals years early. As a result, the company has set several new environmental targets in its third report. The report […]

Lower carbon footprint

PureCircle, a producer of stevia products, has announced that it has cut the carbon footprint of its products by 15% since last year and is now a quarter of the way to achieving its 2020 carbon footprint intensity goal. PureCircle director of corporate sustainability, Ajay Chandran explains, “This is the third carbon footprint we’ve completed […]