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FIA GRANTED UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY ACCREDITATION

FIA is proud to be the first industry association in Asia to attain accreditation with the United Nations (UN) Environment Assembly. This accreditation gives FIA access to participate in and contribute to UN Environment policy discussions, including making oral and written submissions as the representative of the food industry in Asia.
 
The United Nations Environment Assembly is the highest decision-making body on the environment, addressing critical environmental challenges across the world. FIA’s accreditation strengthens its commitment to tackle the region’s massive ocean waste problem, where post-consumption plastics and packaging waste have been identified as a major contributor and with four of the world’s biggest marine waste polluters based in South East Asia. The food industry plays a significant role and FIA can provide advice and support to the UN agency on behalf of the biggest food and beverage companies in the world. It complements the study on Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam & Thailand commissioned by FIA and will allow for more informed policy decisions and promote a more targeted approach to solving this global issue.

 
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PepsiCo announced its goal to achieve 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union. Through this target, the company will more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating to over 50,000 tonnes of rPET. 
 
 
 
Coca-Cola partnered with Merlin Entertainments to offer 50% discounts at some of UK's best-known attractions in exchange for empty plastic drink bottles. Specially-created reverse vending machines was on site to instantly reward those who dispose their used bottles. 
 

Nestlé pleged to make a significant increase in the amount of recycled plastics used in its packaging in the European Union. By 2025, PET layer in laminates, caps on glass jars and tins, trays for meat products and shrink films for display trays will contain 25% recycled material.
 
 
Mondelēz International is on target to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, as its Impact for Growth Progress Report highlights the progress it has made towards reducing CO2 emissions, water usage, waste and packaging. 
 
Fonterra joined project efforts in addressing malnutrition in the elderly. As part of the project's food trials, research participants will add Fonterra's protein-fortified products to their regular diets to assess taste, mobility and muscle outcome.
 
 
Hershey's organic chocolate brand Dagoba launched a range of bars and morsels at natural and specialty food retailers across the US. In addition to being non-GMO and Kosher certified, Dagoba's chocolates use cocoa beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance and are blended with USDA certified organic ingredients.
 
McDonald's U.S. announced that six of its most popular burgers, including the Big Mac and the Quarter Pound with Cheese, will no longer have artificial preservatives, artificial flavours or added colours. 
 
 
Cargill is expanding its portfolio of label-friendly starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications. These starches offer superior viscosity and improved sensory experience, without compromising on taste and appearance.
 
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