FEATURE: ARoFIIN - An Integrated Approach to Solving One of the Region’s Biggest Health Challenges

In an effort to tackle the growing burden of malnutrition around the region, the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) brought together experts from government, academia, civil society and industry on 21 November to discuss how these groups can work together to drive positive change – with a particular focus on interventions for children. 


The Partnerships to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle in Asia dialogue session – held in partnership with the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2017 in Singapore – provided a platform to discuss the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with particular reference to Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Read more about it here.



DSM: DSM establishes Inner Mongolia Hydrocolloid Facility to Meet Asian Demand for Healthier Foods


GENERAL MILLS: General Mills Feeds Consumers' Appetite for Snacks




DSM has set up its hydrocolloid business in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, which it believes is a strategic location for further growth. The company also aims to incorporate a higher level of sustainability in its practices at its new facility.


If there's one thing that General Mills is proud of, it is their commitment to using only the best ingredients in their products. This principle bodes well for the company since much of the growth in the snack foods category in the GCC region comes from a shift among consumers toward fresher and cleaner alternatives that use natural ingredients.




KELLOG'S: Kellogg's to cut sugar in kids' cereals by up to 40%


PepsiCo: PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay is Working to Make Its Snacks Healthier

Cereals giant Kellogg's is to cut the amount of sugar in its three top selling children's cereals by between 20% and 40% by the middle of next year. It plans to cut the amount of sugar in Coco Pops from 30g per 100g to 17g, a 40% reduction. "This is following a reduction of 14% earlier this year, meaning that from 2017 to 2018, it will have halved the sugar in Coco Pops," Kellogg also said in a statement.


One of Frito-Lays biggest goals is to cut the sodium content in at least three-quarters of the company’s global portfolio by 2025. Of course, salt is a big component to something like potato chips, but Christine Cioffe, Ph.D., senior vice-president, Sustainability and Global Snacks R&D at PepsiCo, explained that some of the battle is simply how changes are presented to consumers.



CARGILL:  Cargill Launches a Traceable Turkey Program Ahead of Thanksgiving


HERSHEY’S: Hershey Traces It Back with New SourceMap Transparency Tool

Cargill is testing blockchain technology that will allow consumers to trace their individual Thanksgiving turkey from the store where they bought it to the farm that raised it.


The Hershey Co. has announced new plans to take its transparency efforts to the next level, with the introduction of Sourcemap, an interactive pilot experience that provides consumers with a glimpse into the company’s supply chain.





KERRY: Kerry Hits Sustainability Milestone with Milk Certification


 MCDONALD'S: McDonald’s Elevates Chicken Welfare Standards

Kerry has become the first major milk processor to achieve complete certification under SDAS across its entire Irish milk pool. The SDAS audit assesses Kerry Group on quality, food safety and traceability at farm level as well as environmental management, animal health, welfare, pasture management, and health and safety.


McDonald’s is elevating its “global commitment to source chickens raised with improved welfare outcomes, adopting simple measures as indicators of how animals adapt [positively or negatively] to their environment.” This is based on an eight-step program, designed with the goal of including outcome-based measures that provide McDonald’s with a “a holistic picture of the lives of those animals in our supply chain and the ability to have informed conversations with producers about where improvements might be required”.



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DANONE: evian’s Journey to Become Danone’s First Global Carbon Neutral Brand


FERRERO: Who’s Using Sustainable Palm Oil?

Evian has opened its carbon neutral bottling site (pictured above), which is the largest food production site in France and Danone's first facility to achieve carbon neutral status. It represents a 280m investment between 2011 and 2020 to complete the transformation of the site. The upgraded bottling facility is powered by 100% renewable energy.


Ferrero, the maker of much-loved household brands Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, has emerged as a leader and champion of sustainable palm oil in Europe, even as other Italian food manufacturers avoid palm oil altogether.






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MARS: My Company’s Carbon Footprint is the Size of a Small Country. We Need to Act.


MONDELĒZ: Mondelēz Outlines Cocoa Sustainability Progress in Indonesia

US confectionery giant Mars is playing a key leadership role on emissions reduction and renewable power, and the company has a goal for 100% of its energy consumption to be fossil fuel free by 2040.


Indonesian cocoa farmers who adopted good agricultural practices through Mondelez International’s Cocoa Life program saw average cocoa yields grow by 10 percent in 2016.




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NESTLÉ: Nestlé's Pakistan Factory First Beverage Facility to be Awarded Alliance for Water Certification



Nestlé Waters’ Sheikhupura factory is the first beverage facility in the world to be awarded the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification.